Saturday, August 23, 2008

Wyomissing Creek Trail

Wyomissing Creek Trail runs from the river past the Reading Museum to Rt 724 (W. Lancaster Ave.) in Shillington, about 3 miles. Access points and parking areas abound so you can vary your hike and distance easily.

The museum area has beautiful gardens, ducks and several iconic red bridges that cross the creek. The Wyomissing Park and skate pond is the next highlight. Wyomissing Blvd has a picturesque little camel back bridge called Wyomissing Creek Bridge (built 1931).

At the Lancaster Ave end of the trail is the WAWA and Wyomissing Club Soccer Fields (aka the quarry fields). Parking is no problem out of soccer season but scarce during game times. A half mile down the paved road is the area locals' call "The Highlands" which is coincidentally the name of the senior citizen care center. The creek trail is paved or gravel base and quite flat, but the highland area offers a dramatic change of scenery with vistas, fields and pine forests.

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