Nine Mile Neversink Loop
The Nine Mile Neversink Loop in Reading (Pennsylvania) is a locals’ favorite. It's a 9-mile loop swinging through the wood toward Forest Hills Cemetery and back. Mountain biking aside, it's an attractive spot for local tourism thanks to the scenery and mineral springs surrounding Neversink Mountain, and with an interesting history.
The mountain drains well and after wet weather it should be the first choice for riding in this area.
The climb heading to the Witch’s Hat is the first climb on Neversink North Trail. This pavilion is photo-material stuff for those who love to catch the rare view of the city of Reading. Another great view is on the south side vista overlooking the Schuylkill River.
Easy to navigate and rated as easy to intermediate, this trail should totally be on your bucket list.
The majority of the trail is a doubletrack gravity rail trail. There is some singletrack, loaded with loamy dirt and rocks. Several climbs and intermediate descents are provided.
Start from the Canal Street Pub. Head to the private land signs and you can ride here year-round.
Note that most of the trails are under Berks Conservancy’s management and are off limits to hunting.
Food and drink
The trail starts and ends at the famed Canal Street Pub, where you can have lunch or dinner with fantastic food and one of the best beer selections in town, while swapping notesd with fellow riders.
From the Pub, ride toward the back and get onto 9th street. A nice view of Schuylkill river can be seen before you reach the gate entrance of Neversink Trail system. Just a couple of miles before the Witch’s Hat appears, and when you're on the Neversink North Trail, you'll enjoy stunning views of the city.
A few information boards are placed around the mountain by Berks Conservancy.
The rail bed downhills offer sharp and quite loose rocky parts. All bridges are rideable, but a steady and skilled hand is required.
Swing through the loop until you get back to the city and the pub. Its parking lot is pretty safe and the pub itself is bike-friendly. If they're not busy, they will let you bring your (non-muddy) bike inside. Rider guests usually park them in the games area (pool table, darts, and board game).
Last but not least, enjoy the beer!
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