Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail

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The Blue Marsh Lake Multi-Use Trail loops around a manmade reservoir just outside of Reading in southeastern Pennsylvania. The trail has a mixture of surfaces (hard-packed dirt, grass, gravel and abandoned roads) with some single-tracking and climbs that make it best suited for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

You'll travel through open fields and woodlands and enjoy spectacular views of the lake. Bird watching is popular on the trail, especially during the fall's hawk migration. As a recreational hotspot, you'll also find many amenities, including picnic areas, food concession stands, a small beach (swimming allowed) and boat launches; restrooms can be found at the lake's visitor's center.

On the eastern end of the lake, just off Palisade Drive, a connection to the 6-mile Union Canal Trail can take travelers into the city. Or trail-goers can opt to hop on an on-road section of the Schuylkill River Trail from here, which will eventually stretch nearly 130 miles from Pottsville to Philadelphia.

Parking and Trail Access

A gravel parking area is available at the Blue Marsh Lake Visitor Center (1268 Palisades Drive) and there are additional parking areas all along the trail.


Easy mountain/extreme road biking

   June, 2015 by lowellmb

Rode three miles from visitors center clockwise past State Hill boat launch. Trail well-maintained with mud holes filled with gravel despite recent rains. Not ideal for road bikes, but not impossible either. Note that the little red "do not enter" signs more

Hiked squirrel run and up the western side from the boat launch.

   March, 2015 by joe14250

Hiked in 4-5 inches of old snow. Squirrel run was nice and well traveled! A short loop. I went up the western side of the lake mostly in the woods. It was a deer path with no human tracks after the first half mile. There were a large variety of critter more

blue marsh

   October, 2014 by

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