Press release shared by Schuylkill County Conservancy June 6, 2024. Photo courtesy of Schuylkill County Conservancy.

The Schuylkill County Conservancy agreed to become trail partners with the Schuylkill River Greenways Association. The Conservancy will maintain a 1.5 mile stretch of the Schuylkill River Trail. The section starts at the new bridge crossing the river just outside of Auburn on River Road. The section then runs south for 1.5 miles to the Stony Creek State Game Parking Lot and trail access.

This section is a part of the “John B. Bartram Trail” of the Schuylkill River Trail. The Bartram section of the bigger trail runs from Landingville to Port Clinton. If you have not been on this section of the trail, it is a peaceful, quiet, well forested trail. In places it offers scenic views of the Schuylkill River. In other places you may be serenaded by the gentle flute like calls of a wood thrush.

The northern end of the Bartram section passes by the remains of the Schuylkill Canal while the southern section provides a deep wood feeling of tranquility. All this can be accessed by the gentle grade of an abandoned rail line.

The Conservancy agreed to routinely police this1.5-mile section of trail, removing branches and sticks from the trail. Cleaning up garbage left behind by those that fail to see the beauty of the area and trying to keep a handle on the invasive plants that are increasing taking over our wood lots and yards.

The Schuylkill County Conservancy was founded in 1997 and is a non-profit 501c3 organization working to protect and enhance the quality of life in Schuylkill County by preserving farmland, open space, rural heritage, streams, wetlands, waterways, forests, historic sites and structures, and other natural resources.

For more information, contact Julia Sophy at [email protected].