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.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Saturday December 29, 2018 - Yuengling & Pottsville Hike

3-4 easy miles

End the year and begin the New Year with a visit to America’s oldest brewery, only a short drive from Reading. The brewery tour will be followed by a walk around Pottsville, stopping for lunch at Grandmas in the middle of the hike. Dress for the weather.

1st Meeting place: 10:00 am, Redners Market, Rt. 61 North, Leesport
GPS: 5471 Pottsville Pike, Leesport

nd Meeting place: 10:45 am, Yuengling Brewery, 420 Mahantongo Street, Pottsville 

NOTE: Extreme weather cancels

For more information or further directions, contact :  610-589-5575, Contact Cell day of hike – 610-507-5600

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Saturday December 22, 2018 - Perkiomen Trail Hike

4 to 5 moderate miles

Our Leader will lead this hike from Central Perkiomen Valley Park at Plank Road & Rt. 29 to the Collegeville Diner. It’s a fairly level walk on a cinder and packed gravel multi-use trail that follows Perkiomen Creek.

1st Meeting place: 8:30 am, Boscov’s East parking lot, Business. Rt 422 East, Exeter Twp. 
GPS: 4500 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading (east end of lot)

2nd Meeting place: 9:15 am, Collegeville Diner, 290 East Main Street, Collegeville, Pa. to shuttle to the Plank Road starting point (there are parking and restrooms available). 

Carpool if possible, although this is a shuttle hike and we will need to make sure we have enough cars, so please call if you intend to meet us somewhere else. 

Lunch will be at a hiking favorite – the Collegeville Diner! 

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-796-7602

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Saturday December 15, 2018 - Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) Hike - French Creek & Hopewell

4-5 moderate miles

Enjoy a hike in the nearby French Creek State Park / Hopewell Furnace area. We will walk through the three former Civilian Conservation Corp camps located in this forest. The hike will be on the Horseshoe Trail and other park trails. Hikers will end up back at the cars. There will be some moderate hills and of course some Pennsylvania rocks! Lunch after is an option.

Meeting place: 10:00 am

Directions: 422 east to 345 south to Birdsboro. Continue on 345 to Park entrance and bear right on Park Road to parking lot west of Park office. 

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

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Saturday December 8, 2018 - ANNUAL CHRISTMAS "BEACH" PARTY

See club flyer for hike details of the day. Be ready to have a "beachy" Christmas!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Saturday December 1, 2018 - Evansburg State Park Montgomery County

5-6 moderate miles

Follow hike leader as he leads the way and expect muddy trails! Lunch in the Collegeville area is an option after the hike.

Meeting place: 9:00 am, Boscov’s East parking lot, Bsns. Rt 422 East, Exeter Twp. 
GPS: 4500 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading (east end of lot)

For more information or further directions, contact: 484-824-2740

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Saturday November 24, 2018 - Hereford Township Hike

6 moderate miles

This hike will be in Berks County’s eastern-most township, a scenic rural location at the headwaters of the Perkiomen Creek. The hike will be on little used roads, possibly 50% being dirt or gravel. It briefly enters Lehigh County. There are numerous historic homes and farmsteads. A little is flat.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Hereford Twp Park at 11 Township Road, Macungie 

(1) Rte 222 north of Reading, take Park Rd through Blandon, Mertztown, Longswamp, past Bear Creek Mtn Resort to Seisholtzville. (Street name changes along the way.) Beware: detours may be in place. From Seisholtzville (St. Peters Rd to left), continue about 1/2 mile to Township Rd. Turn left and park in lot. If you pass the Hereford Twp. building (a large white barn) to the left, you went past Township Road.
(2) Take Rt. 100 north of Bally to Rt. 29, turn left (Turkey Hill on corner). Travel 3-4 miles, past the Hereford Twp building (a large white barn) on the right. Township Road is just past this at the crest of the hill.

NOTE: Snow, ice or heavy rain cancels this hike

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-323-1703

Monday, October 15, 2018

Saturday November 17, 2018 - Daniel Boone Homestead park

Approx. 5 moderate miles

Follow leader as we explore the Daniel Boone Homestead. The hike is moderate with a few ups and downs, but nothing too strenuous. Wear bug spray! Lunch will be at the Exeter Family Restaurant afterward.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, at the large parking lot on the left as you enter the park 
GPS: 400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro

NOTE: Steady or heavy rain cancels

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-203-9803