For more information about Blue Marsh National Recreation Area, visit BerksWeb or MTBinfo
This trail runs from the Stilling Basin to the Dry Brooks Day Use Area, and can be traveled in either direction. The trail can be accessed via several trail heads. It is a combination of dirt/grass lanes and singletrack trail passing through forests and fields, offering many views of the lake. The trail varies in terrain along its length, and can be completed in segments. Experienced hikers, bikers, and equestrians can complete the trail in its entirety in less than a day. However, it is recommended that you allow sufficient time, carry adequate liquids, and notify someone of your plans and follow trail markers carefully. The trail is marked with brown posts with white directional arrows. Information provided by BLUE MARSH LAKE Trail System map, available at the Visitor's Center and most trailheads.
- Operation of motorized vehicles off authorized roadways or on trails is prohibited.
- A trash free program exists on the trails. Please take any trash and litter with you when you complete your outing.
- Camping and fires are not permitted.
- Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
- Horses are permitted on all trails except for the Nature Trails. Horse bypass trails are provided to avoid foot bridges along the trail. If bypass trails are not available, horses should be walked aroud the bridges.
- Trail courtesy requires bicycle riders to yield to hikers, and that bike riders and hikers yield to equestrians. Hikers and bicycle riders should stand on the side of the trail when yielding to equestrians.
- Bicycle riders should always ride at a safe and controlled speed, and alert other trail users when overtaking. Helmets should be worn at all times.
- Please stay on the trails.
- Hunting is permitted in most of the trail areas. When using the trails during hunting season (October-January) it is suggested that you wear bright colors. Fluorescent orange is recommended.
- Destruction, defacement, aleteration or removal of public property including natural, historical, archeological features, and vegetative growth is prohibited.
- Please use caution when riding or walking across the bridges when they are wet because they may be slippery.
- Caution: Water sources are not tested for purity. We recommend against drinking water from any of the area streams.
- Remember, leave only footprints, take only memories.
Volunteer OpportunitiesWe are always looking for volunteers to assist us with various projects at Blue Marsh Lake. These projects include educational programs, trail maintenance, natural resource management, and volunteer trail patrol. To volunteer, call the project office at the number listed below, and ask for the volunteer coordinator.
For more information about Blue Marsh National Recreation Area, you may contact:
Blue Marsh Lake
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
R.D. #1 Box 1239
Leesport, PA 19533
This page was first created on October 1, 1996, with information from the Blue Marsh Lake Trail Guide, dated June, 1996. All information and maps posted here are for reference purposes only. If you visit, I suggest you pick up a copy of the latest trail guide at the Visitor's Center or one of the trailheads. Last update was on July 28, 1999 to correct the link to MTBInfo.