Saturday, September 20, 2008

Neversink Mountain - North

I recently learned of this locale from the Elverson Hiker blog. I regularly check their site for ideas and they do an excellent job finding unique and a fresh variety of places. They even offer trail maps and directions.

Called the Neversink Mountain Preserve the views are great of the Reading City valley. The view from the "Witches Hat" pavillion (built 1892) is skewed by power lines, so the better views are had from the lower Overlook "OL" Trail. Unfortunately, the pavillion has become a pallet for spray painters for it is an impressive structure.

Called the Neversink North Trail, it's a gradual .75 mile inclined hike from the parking area to pavillion and overlook. Follow the signs. Berks County Conservancy manages this property. Much more to explore when more time permits.

Approach from Mt. Penn and Perkiomen Ave. to Neversink Mountain Rd which has some crazy switchbacks. Parking is basically an extra wide shoulder.
Update: Reading Eagle published on 10/5/08 an article "Nature reclaiming Neversink Mountain".

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