General Club Facts:

Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Membership in the BCHC is $5.00 per person per year in order to receive the quarterly newsletter. Further information on membership can be obtained when attending a scheduled hike. Other subgroups within the BCHC are the "Thursday Wanderers." Most hikes are followed by a dinner stop. We call ourselves "The Eating Club with a Hiking Disorder"! ****Hiking and Trail Guidelines: ** Be courteous & stay behind the leader unless directed otherwise.** Offer $.10/mile to driver when carpooling. * *In the event of inclement weather, the hike may be canceled.** Please leave your pets at home.**If unable to keep a club commitment, please find a replacement. * Wear blaze orange during hunting season (Sept 1 to last day of Feb). * Appropriate footwear and attire should match the type of hike.** If you leave the hike early, notify the hike leader or ask someone to do that for you.** Bring water and food as the hike description and weather demand.* * Hiking involves risk. Come out prepared and know your capabilities. Each hiker is responsible for their own safety and well-being.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Saturday November 11, 2017 - Veterans' Day Walk with the Veterans


6 easy miles

We will hike “walk” 6 miles with the veterans. Join them and many others for this walk from Wernersville to Womelsdorf. We will start the day with a military service at the Wernersville Fire Company. We will then walk along Rt. 422 with police escort and stop at the Robesonia Memorial for a brief service. We will also stop in Robesonia at the fire company for snacks and restroom break, then continue to Womelsdorf for a final service. A bus and other cars will be available along the route if you can no longer walk. After the walk, a free lunch is available at Johnny and Hons Tavern and possibly at the Womelsdorf VFW. A bus will be at the end to take us back to our cars. If you choose to have your car at the end, go earlier (about 8:30 am) to the Womelsdorf VFW and take the bus to the beginning.

Meeting place: 9:00 am, for start of the service at the Wernersville Fire Co., 1 block off of Rt. 422, on Stitzer Avenue

Directions: Go west on 422 to Wernersville. At Penn Werner Hotel, turn right onto Stitzer Ave and park at fire co. (restroom inside back door).


For more information or further directions contact: 610-678-5245 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Saturday November 4, 2017 - Warwick County Park / Mt Pleasant Rd.


5-6 moderate miles

This is a circle walk in the county park. We will walk on woodland trails with a short part on back roads in this historic iron-producing area. The trails pass several charcoal pits, and cross French Creek. The wildflower meadows should be in fall bloom. Lunch after the hike is an option.

Meeting place: 10:00 am at the Clock Tower parking lot in Morgantown off Route 10 (behind Burger King, 2850 Main Street). Those who plan to drive directly to the park, please contact the hike leader ahead of time.

For more information or further directions, contact: 484-252-9493 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Saturday October 28, 2017 - Monacacy Hill Hike


4 to 6 moderate to challenging miles

Enjoy the fall in this lovely preserve. We will climb the hill this time to enjoy the view. We will then loop around on various trails to enjoy the scenery.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Monocacy Hill parking lot on Geiger Road 
GPS: Monocacy Hill Recreation Area, Birdsboro

For more information or further directions, contact: 484-948-5084 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Saturday October 21, 2017 - Robesonia Furnace and Watershed Hike


4 to 6 moderate miles 

Follow leader and check out this area that is rich in history. Robesonia Furnace is where two ironmasters, George Ege and Henry Robeson created two very different chapters in Robesonia Furnace’s history. In 1794 Ege built a charcoal furnace, which became the heart of his iron plantation. In 1845 Robeson acquired the plantation and replaced the furnace with a hot blast anthracite furnace capable of making fifty tons of iron a week, much more than the earlier charcoal furnace. Due to limited parking at the trail head, we will shuttle from the middle school. Optional lunch later, possibly at Osgoods.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Conrad Weiser Middle School, Rt. 422
GPS: 347 Penn Avenue, Robesonia


For more information or further directions, contact: 610-589-5575 or Cell: 610-507-5600 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Saturday October 14, 2017 - Merrill Creek Reservoir


6 moderate miles

Something different! Located in central Warren County, New Jersey, Merrill Creek Reservoir is a 650 acre artificial lake that is surrounded by 290 acres of protected woodland and fields. Optional lunch later at Quaker Steak.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Merrill Creek Reservoir Visitor Center Parking Lot 

Directions:

  • Take I-78E to NJ Exit 3. Turn left and go 1.1 miles to 3rd traffic light then make a right onto Uniontown Road. 
  • Go 1.5 miles and turn right onto Rt. 57 (just after tunnel). 
  • Go 3 miles and turn left onto Montana Rd. across from Hunters Tavern. 
  • Go 2 mile and turn left onto Richline Road (at top of hill). 
  • Go .2 miles and turn left on Merrill Creek Rd. Go another .2 mile and turn right towards the Visitor Center parking lot. 
  • Do not go to the boat launch area. 
  • GPS: 34 Merrill Creek Road, Washington, NJ 07882
For more information or further directions, contact: 610-427-1022 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Saturday October 7, 2017 - French Creek State Park


Approx. 6 moderate miles

Follow the leader as she leads this early autumn hike on the green blazed, Lenni Lenape trail. This trail is rocky and hilly, although some say it is the easiest trail in French Creek State Park. Use of tick spray is recommended for this hike. Rain cancels the hike.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, at the Shed Road parking lot.

Directions: 422 East then south on 345 thru Birdsboro to Shed Road. 


For more information or further directions: 610-603-9461 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Saturday September 30, 2017 - Bloody Springs Commemoration Hike & Lunch


4 to 5 moderate miles

We will hike along country roads and observe the monument commemorating the Bloody Springs Massacre. 

Afterwards we will have lunch at the leader's house. Please bring a covered dish and lawn chairs; meat, drinks, and paper goods will be provided. RSVP by 9/23 to leader (610-301-8876). Hike will be held rain or shine.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Rte 183 N. turn right on Bloody Sp Rd (about 0.5 mi after I-78) 

GPS: 758 Bloody Spring Road, Bethel 19507

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-301-8876