One of the reasons WRIGLEY’S is proud to be partnered with the Schuylkill River Heritage Area is because they enable us to explore and celebrate our neck of the woods. Their official mission is “to conserve, interpret and develop the historical, cultural, natural and recreational resources related to the industrial and cultural heritage of the Schuylkill River Valley.” One of the main ways they move forward with this mission is through their signature project: the Schuylkill River Trail.
The SRT runs over 60 miles through 5 counties and many historical towns, with an active plan that will make it 130 miles when complete, from Pottsville to Philadelphia. From biking to hiking and dog walking to bird watching, the trail has much to offer to our Schuylkill River Valley. It also provides important connection points for us and the rest of Southeast PA.
One connection it facilitates is between us (the locals) and nature. The trail brings us to the river, not only to enjoy it, but to also learn more about our local environment and ecosystems. This then also leads to conservation. People won’t protect something until they learn to appreciate it and this is one of the reasons the SRT is so valuable to this area.
Another connection point the trail provides is between you and me. In other words, the trail brings the community together (quite literally). Besides for acting as a common road for outdoors sports enthusiasts and nature lovers, the trail gives us another option for exploring what the towns in the Schuylkill River Valley have to offer. One of the visions the Schuylkill River Heritage Association has for the SRT is for it to become an economic tool for our area. With the river running through the heart of Southeast PA, the trail by its side becomes a guide leading us to our unique downtowns and local attractions. Check out more of what is going on this spring and summer here.
So are you looking to rediscover the place in which you find yourself? Are you hoping to see this area with a new lens? Maybe you simply want to experience more of nature this season. In any case, have fun exploring and be prepared to be surprised.