Union Canal Trail

4.58 Miles

Trail Description

The Union Canal Trail is a well-developed and maintained crushed stone trail that parallels sections of the Tulpehocken Creek in Berks County, PA The original Union Canal ran 79.5 miles from Reading, PA to the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, PA. It is a beautiful trail that passes historic stone buildings left from the canal days. Several of these are now used for park offices and add to the charm of the area. The length of the Union Canal Trail has been extended by several miles along the Army Corp of Engineers property, across farmland leading to and surrounding Blue Marsh Lake. A portion of the extended trail is a well developed crushed stone tread about 12 feet wide and good for horse travel. At the Stilling Basin entrance the trail turns to single track. Signage indicates that this portion of the trail is being leased to the County by the Army Corps. The trail follows the original canal corridor after Rebers Bridge Road about 4,000 feet before before it ascends from the valley to the Swiftwater parking area and continues on to Stilling Basin Road.

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