Exeter Scenic River Trail

Pennsylvania


Junction at the trail's halfway point; the main trail continues left, heading west toward Route 422 and Neversink Mountain Preserve, while the branch path heads left, toward the composting center.
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Footbridge across the creek near the trail's halfway point. The bridge is still in good condition, but the approaches could use some clearing. Taken July 2014.
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Summer evening jog. Taken July 2014.
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Reflective waters of the Schuylkill River.
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Forest at dusk on a mid-summer evening. Taken July 2014.
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Another view of the trail's western terminus. The railroad underpass is immediately around the corner to the right, and the steep drop to the river on the left. Taken July 2014.
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Milepost at the trail's western terminus, indicating the distance to Gibraltar Road. Taken July 2014.
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The greenway continues on the north side of the tunnel beneath the rail line as the Klapperthal Trail; unlike the level Exeter Trail, this path is much narrower and leads up the side of Neversink Mountain. An extension to Reading will eventually be built.
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Users can continue from the trail's western terminus through this tunnel, which passes beneath an active rail line and connects to the Klapperthal Trail in the Neversink Mountain Preserve. The tunnel's surface is slippery, so caution is advised.
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The tunnel beneath the rail line at the trail's western terminus was built in 1926; unfortunately, it's also marked up with graffiti.
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Looking into the dark tunnel that separates the trail's western terminus from the Klapperthal Trail, which is part of the network in the Neversink Mountain Preserve. Taken July 2014.
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View at the trail's western terminus, at the foot of Neversink Mountain. Taken July 2014.
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This bench looks like it's pointing the wrong way, but it provides spectacular views of the Schuylkill River.
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Located near the western terminus of the trail, this stone wall might be part of the railroad embankment that parallels this section. Taken July 2014.
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Cyclist coasting along the trail near the western terminus.
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Although most of the trail has a crushed stone surface, the westernmost sections are paved with asphalt and concrete. Taken July 2014.
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Sun reflecting off the waters of the Schuylkill.
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The trail gets narrow at some points near the western terminus.
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Winding along the Schuylkill River west of the Route 422 bridge.
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Sun filtering through the trees west of the Route 422 bridge.
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Looking east toward the Route 422 bridge, which can be seen through the trees. Taken July 2014.
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The trail's surface needs some maintenance west of the Route 422 bridge.
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View of the Route 422 bridge over the Schuylkill River, as seen from the trail. Taken July 2014.
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This monolithic, concrete abutment is directly off the trail beneath the Route 422 bridge.
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Approaching the Route 422 bridge.
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Peering up at the tree canopy high overhead. Taken July 2014.
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These three guys were enjoying a hike along the trail on a mid-summer evening. Taken July 2014.
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Thanks to the shaded, wooded surroundings, the benches on the trail make excellent rest stops.
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Mile marker near the Route 422 bridge.
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The trail is nice and level for most of its length.
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Small clearing. Taken July 2014.
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Pathway through the forest.
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Peering through the trees to the Schuylkill River. Taken July 2014.
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Pathway along the Schuylkill. Taken July 2014.
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Heading westward towards the Route 422 bridge and the Klapperthal Trail. Taken July 2014.
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I have no idea what this concrete abutment, located at the junction with the branch path to the composting facility and Trout Run Park, was built for. Unfortunately, vandalism is a problem along this trail, as well as on other Reading-area greenways.
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Jogger approaching the footbridge near the trail's halfway point. Taken July 2014.
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The branch path winds through the woods south of the composting center.
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Closer, clearer view of the rabbit. Taken July 2014.
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Look closely, and you can see the rabbit on the branch path that connects the Exeter Trail to the composting facility, and, indirectly, Trout Run Park. Taken July 2014.
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Trail users entering from the composting facility should stay on the gravel access path, on the left. The signage here isn't that clear.
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The parking lot to the composting facility doubles as a trailhead; an access path heads south of here, meeting the main trail at its halfway point. Taken July 2014.
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Trailhead at the composting center near Trout Run Park.
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Sign at the eastern terminus off Gibraltar Road welcomes users.
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The numerous benches that line the trail are perfect spots for relaxing, meditating, enjoying nature or eating lunch.
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This family was enjoying a hike on the shady trail on a warm, late summer day.
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Path through the forest.
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One of the few clearings along the trail. You can get good views of the river from here.
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The trail has wooden mileposts to let users know how far they have come. This one is a half-mile west of Gibraltar Road.
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Another pic of the lush vegetation that lines the Schuylkill River in summertime.
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The trail nicely complements the Schuylkill River/Thun Trail on the south bank. Cyclists and hikers will enjoy using Exeter and Neversink trails as a loop with that longer, better known trail.
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The trail provides cool shade on a hot summer day.
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Another view of the river. Taken August 2012.
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Looking through the trees at the placid Schuylkill River.
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Vines hanging off the trees give the impression that Tarzan could literally drop in on the trail!
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The trail's surface turns to crushed stone just west of the Gibraltar Road trailhead. Here we are looking west into the woods, the Schuylkill being just to the left.
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The last 1500 feet or so of the trail off Gibraltar Road is paved. The trailhead is literally right around the corner. Taken August 2012.
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Wooden post sign marking the start of the trail off Gibraltar Road.
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Gate at the eastern terminus of the trail off Gibraltar Road.
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Exeter Scenic River Trail
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