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.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Saturday June 24, 2017 - Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve

4 moderate miles

Enjoy a cool 4 mile hike along a beautiful stream in a rocky gorge, near Kelly’s Run at the Susquehanna River. Lunch later is always an option.

Meeting place: 9:00 am, Ollie’s parking lot, Intersection of business Rts. 222 and 724, Lancaster Avenue, Shillington, we will shuttle to an area off River Road, just above Hollywood

GPS ADDRESS: 2251 Lancaster Pike, Shillington

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

Monday, May 15, 2017

Saturday June 17, 2017 - Orwigsburg Schuylkill County Hike

5 to 6 easy miles

We will hike over the ridge and see the summer “green view.” We will then loop through the town with some history, and end by doing a loop through a wooded area.

1st Meeting place: 9:30 am, Redners Market, Rt. 61 North, Leesport

GPS ADDRESS: 5471 Pottsville Pike, Leesport

nd Meeting place: 10:00 am, Orwigsburg Veterans Community Memorial Hall 

GPS ADDRESS: 300 Grove Street, Orwigsburg

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Saturday June 10 - Coventry Woods

5.5 hilly miles

This hike in North Coventry Township’s scenic park takes us around its western perimeter, over the ridge, and along the Rock Run Creek. This is a hilly, wooded park affording mostly shaded walking with a variety of scenery.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, main lot at Coventry Woods

DIRECTIONS 1: Take Rt. 724 east from Birdsboro. About three quarters of a mile past River Bridge Rd turn right onto Unionville Road. All Type Fence is located at this intersection. Follow Unionville Road 2.1 miles past Temple Church and Shenkel Church. Turn right onto St. Peters Road, then after about half a mile, turn left into Coventry Woods (Fernbrook Lane is to the right). Parking is just over the crest of the hill.

DIRECTIONS 2: From Rt. 23, take St. Peters Road through St. Peters Village and continue for about 4 more miles on St. Peter’s Road. When you see Fernbrook Lane to the left, turn right into Coventry Woods.

GPS ADDRESS: 1960 St. Peters Road, Pottstown, PA

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

Saturday June 3, 2017 - Columbia-Marietta Rail Trail

5 easy miles

This will be an in-out hike along the historic Marietta Rail Trail. We hope to see lots of historic places along the way.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Ollies Parking Lot, Intersection of Business Rts 222 and 724, Lancaster Avenue in Shillington. We will then travel to Columbia and park at the Visitor Center

GPS: 2251 Lancaster Pike, Shillington

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

Monday, April 24, 2017

Saturday May 27, 2017 - Clarence Shock Memorial Park, Mt. Gretna

6-7 miles.

Weather permitting we will hike in and around Governor Dick Forest. There will be hills and stones to contend with. Bring water and personal snacks. There are several places in the area to stop for lunch after hike.

Meeting: 10:00 am, Environmental Center parking area 

GPS ADDRESS: 3283 Pinch Road, Lebanon, PA 

For more information or further directions, contact: 717-949-2056 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Saturday May 20, 2017 - Bertram Trail Schuylkill County

5 moderate miles

Check out this hike in the Landingville area where we will see a marsh, a dam and birds. Option to go out to eat afterwards.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Redners Market, Rt. 61 North, Leesport 

GPS: 5471 Pottsville Pike, Leesport

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-670-1119 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Saturday May 13, 2017 - Fitzwater Station Restaurant to Perkiomen Trail

6 miles 

Hike leader will take this mostly flat hike beginning at the restaurant to the Perkiomen Trail. We will hike alongside the Schuylkill River on a wooded trail, then onto the paved Schuylkill River Trail to the Perkiomen Trail. There is an optional small hill to a bridge for an overlook of the trail. Optional lunch will be at the Fitzwater Station Restaurant.

Meeting place: 9:00 am, at the parking lot up from the Turkey Hill gas station near the intersection of Gibralter Road and Rt. 724, to carpool to the starting point. 
GPS ADDRESS: 3321 Main Street, Birdsboro

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