Neversink Connector Trail

Pennsylvania


Picnic pavilion in Riverfront Park.
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Spur trail that connects Riverfront Park with the 6th and Spruce Street Recreation Center in Reading.
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Cyclist riding past the sculpture in Riverfront Park.
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Looking at the river through the trees in Riverfront Park.
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Abstract sculpture along trail in Riverfront Park.
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Sign near the river access/boat ramp in Riverfront Park.
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One of two access paths that connect the trail to the river; this one, which consists of a ramp suitable for carrying small boats and rafts, is in Riverfront Park near the Reading Community College.
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The trail provides great views of the local transportation infrastructure; the old railroad trestle currently used by the Thun Trail can be seen in the foreground, while the Route 422 Viaduct is higher up and in the background.
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Northwest terminus of the trail just south of the Reading Community College. The Neversink Connector Trail veers left, while the Thun Trail stays straight and crosses to West Reading via a restored trestle.
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Near the northwest terminus in Riverfront Park.
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Looking at the Thun Trail trestle through the thicket by the river. Taken September 2012.
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Sunset on the Schuylkill.
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Approaching Riverfront Park from the southeast.
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Paralleling the railroad and Canal Street between the Lancaster Ave. bridge and Heritage Park.
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This picture shows just how badly the surface of the trail has deteriorated near the Lancaster Ave. bridge. I understand that the city of Reading has financial problems, but they need to make some type of arrangements to repair their rec. facilities.
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The trail passes under the concrete arches of the Lancaster Ave. bridge.
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Stairway connecting the trail to Lancaster Ave., which crosses on the bridge above. Taken October 2012.
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Heading south, approaching the Lancaster Ave. bridge, which the trail passes under.
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The trail follows the river behind the Comcast building south of Riverfront Park. Taken October 2012.
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One of the trail's notable features is this overlook, where users can observe boaters, sport anglers or birdwatch on the river.
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Schuylkill River in autumn.
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The trail has the same small, but colorful signs designating its name, a picture to represent it, and a mile marker that all of the trails in the Greater Reading network feature. This is a nice amenity.
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The trail is usable, but could use a resurfacing and facelift, as shown by these cracks.
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Although many of the factories that once made Reading a major manufacturing hub may be long gone, some remain. This plant can be seen from the Neversink Connector Trail in Heritage Park.
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The trail turns away from the river at the access stairs, heading northeast to Canal Street.
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Another view of the open space preserved by the development of Heritage Park. The access from the trail to the Schuylkill River can be seen in the foreground.
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Looking east from the trail, across Heritage Park at Reading's south end.
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One of the many views of the Schuylkill River, which can easily be seen from most points on the trail.
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Although the trail will eventually connect Reading to the Neversink Mountain Preserve, and, thence, the Exeter Riverside Trail, it currently dead ends at the southern end of Heritage Park, making it something of a misnomer.
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Looking south along the river at Heritage Park.
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One of two direct access paths to the Schuylkill River from the trail; this one is near the current southern terminus at Heritage Park.
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Artistic picnic table, with Neversink Mountain in the background. The monolith to the right looks like it once bore a plaque that has long since been stolen or vandalized. Sadly, there is much vandalism in Heritage Park and the trail, marring the experienc
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Closeup of the abutment to the long-dismantled Roebling's Suspension Bridge.
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The dominant feature of Heritage Park is this hulking steel structure, which an interpretive sign reveals to be an abutment of Roebling's Suspension Bridge, which once spanned railroad tracks that passed through this area.
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Cyclist on the trail at Heritage Park.
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Looking north on the trail at Heritage Park, near Reading's south end. An active, but apparently little-used rail line is to the right and Canal Street is on the far right.
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Typical scene in Heritage park: small garden, historical plaque and the rail line in the background.
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Plaque commemorating a famous labor reform leader from Reading's past.
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Another feature of Heritage Park that is visible from the trail.
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More history on Jackson's Lock and the massive structure at Heritage park, on the south end of Reading.
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Section of the sign explaining the history of Jackson's Lock.
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One of several historical interpretation signs at Heritage Park, once the site of Jackson's Lock on the canal that once ran along the Schuylkill River.
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Sign near the trail's southern terminus at Reading's Heritage Park indicating its significance in the extensive greenway network that it is part of.
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