Spring is for the outdoors.
The Schuylkill River Trail and the Schuylkill River are two resources available for people looking to spend some time in the sun this season.
Below is a list of upcoming events taking place along the trail and river.
Trail Talk and Cleanup in Reading on May 14
The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area invites people to two special events in one activity on May 14. The first event will be a walk and talk on the Schuylkill River Trail with State Representative Manny Guzman at 10 a.m. Participants will have the opportunity to speak directly with Guzman and use the section of the trail known as the Reading Gateway. Several improvements have been made along the trail, including the removal of vegetation, resurfacing of the trail, landscaping, and the installation of trail cameras.
The second event will be a trail cleanup starting at 10:30 a.m. to pick up litter along the trail. Schuylkill River Greenways will provide trash bags and gloves, as well as light refreshments. Attendees of both events will meet at Service Castor Corporation, located at 9 South 1st Avenue in West Reading. For more information, visit schuylkillriver.org/events/trail-talk-cleanup.
Public awareness meeting on the trails in Reading on May 21
There will be a public meeting on the Schuylkill River Trail on May 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Schmidt Training and Technology Center at Reading Area Community College. The address is 10 S. 2nd Street.
The meeting is part of a feasibility study to determine the best way to bridge the Schuylkill River Trail gap between Reading and Hamburg. Schuylkill River Greenways invites people to share their comments and questions about the trail at public meetings and a trail survey. For more information on the feasibility study and public meeting, visit schuylkillriver.org/trail-feasibility-study-survey.
Opening of Take It Outdoors in Pottstown on May 21
Take It Outdoors Adventures is now relocating to Riverfront Park in the borough of Pottstown, with convenient access to both the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail. The regional recreational outfitter will provide services to the community from a storefront made up of shipping containers. Take It Outdoors services include kayak and canoe rentals, shuttle services, free bike sharing, group events, guided excursions and educational programs.
The recreational enterprise will celebrate its move to Pottstown with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 21 at 7:45 p.m. The park’s address is 140 College Drive in Pottstown. For more information on Take It Outdoors, visit takeitoutdoorsadventures.com.
Outdoor film festival with pre-show boating trips in Pottstown on May 21
There will be an outdoor film festival at Riverfront Park in Pottstown on May 21, following the official opening of Take It Outdoors. Schuylkill River Greenways invites the community to watch a series of award-winning films about exciting paddling adventures. The film screening begins at 8:30 p.m. The Sly Fox Brewery will be offering a beer garden during the event. People can bring their own food and soft drinks. Free popcorn will be provided.
People who register for the outdoor cinema event will have the option of adding a paddling trip before the show. Take It Outdoors will provide shuttle services for anyone wishing to join one of the three group paddling tours. Participants will arrive at Riverfront Park, be transported to the start point of the paddle, and then paddle down the Schuylkill River back to Riverfront Park. The first trip starts at 4 p.m. and will be an 8.5 mile paddle. The second and third trips start at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Both of these options will be a 4.5 mile paddle. Participants can either bring their own boat or rent one on the day of the event. For more information about the film festival and paddle tours, visit schuylkillriver.org/film-festival.
Pedal and paddle in Pottstown on June 2
The Pedal and Paddle program is an out-and-back adventure that includes a group bike ride on the Schuylkill River Trail and a group paddle on the Schuylkill River. The event will begin with a ride of approximately 4 miles on the trail, then participants will paddle the same distance back to the starting point. The first pedaling and paddling activity of this year will take place on June 2 at 4 p.m. The starting point is Riverfront Park, located at 140 College Drive in Pottstown. Registration includes all equipment and a meal at a local restaurant in downtown Pottstown. For more information, visit schuylkillriver.org/pedal-paddle.
Launch of the Montco Trail Challenge in Norristown on June 4
The 7th Annual Montgomery County Trail Challenge has begun and will run until December 4, 2022. The challenge encourages people to visit Montgomery County trails and parks by completing a map for each site they visit. Community members who submit the completed map receive a prize.
The challenge launch event was originally scheduled for May 7, but due to rain it was postponed to June. The event will now take place along the Schuylkill River Trail on June 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Trail Junction Center in Norristown. The address is 76 East Lafayette Street. Event activities will include a farm exploration truck, smoothie bike, trail art, bike safety education and more. For more information on the Montco Trail Challenge and launch event, visit montcopa.org/trailchallenge.
Schuylkill River Sojourn June 18 – June 24
The annual Schuylkill River Sojourn is a seven-day guided paddle trip that begins in Schuylkill Haven on June 18 and ends in Philadelphia on June 24. People have the option of doing as little as one day of the event, multiple days or an entire week’s trip. Each day a group of over 100 people will paddle part of the Schuylkill River from a kayak and canoe with stops along the way. Each evening the group stops for dinner and camping. Boating activity passes through Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia counties. Registration includes expert guides, three meals a day, shuttle services, camping arrangements, educational programs and music, and more. For more information and to register, visit schuylkillriver.org/sojourn.