LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – The week of May 23-31 (2009; Saturday through Sunday) has been designated as Hiking Week 2009 in Pennsylvania by the Keystone Trails Association, and while the group has organized several area events to mark the occasion, township residents interested in getting a dose of fitness outdoors have plenty of opportunities close to home.
The eighth annual, nine-day Hiking Week is co-sponsored by the trail association and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Their goal: to conduct 100 hikes this year. It’s a way to urge Pennsylvanians “to embrace healthy lifestyles while enjoying the outdoors,” department acting Secretary John Quigley said Tuesday (May 5, 2009).
Organized in 1956, Keystone Trails is an 1,100-member umbrella organization made up of 50 hiking and outdoors organizations around the state.
- The most-often used, Gerald Richards Park at 2130 Buchert Road, has a paved walking trail that completely circles the 30-acre park and also connects to neighboring residential communities.
Unpaved, and therefore slightly more rugged, trails are available at
- Alfred B. Miles Park, 545 Sunnybrook Rd.;
- Ringing Rocks Park, 1880 N. Keim St.;
- Schuylkill River Park, 2116 Sanatoga Station Rd.; and
- Sprogels Run Park, 75-1/2 Timberview Dr.
Sprogels Run is about to receive a major upgrade; the township will install a board walk and nature trail there later this year.
For hikers who want an even greater challenge, Keystone Trails and DCNR have scheduled 6-, 8-, and 10-mile hikes May 30 (2009; Saturday) at Valley Forge National Historic Park, Valley Forge PA; a 7-mile hike May 31 (2009; Sunday) on Skippack Trail in Evansburg State Park, Skippack PA; and several others throughout the Greater Philadelphia area during the week. A schedule is available online.
- These events have been added to The Post calendar.
“We hope to draw novices and trail-hardened veterans alike into our state parks, forests and municipal greenways in this annual salute to healthy exercise and the serenity of those very special places found outdoors,” Quigley said.
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