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, May 23, 2018

Saturday June 30, 2018 - French Creek State Park

Approx. 5 moderate miles

Hike on the south side of Hopewell Lake on the Blue-Boone Trail, then over Colin’s Way with the new steps, continuing over to Hopewell through the park and back via the Horseshoe Trail, to the parking lot.

Meeting place: 9:00 am, West boat launch at Hopewell Lake by the restrooms 

DIRECTIONS: Go east on 422 to Baumstown/Birdsboro. Turn right on 345 to French Creek. Turn right on Park Road to boat launch area on your left.

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Saturday June 23, 2018 - Wyomissing / West Reading Mural Hike

5 to 5.5 easy miles

We will hike streets and sidewalks around Wyomissing/West Reading, through parks and view the many murals in West Reading.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, park on the lot across from Kuhn Funeral Home and the McDonalds along Penn Avenue

GPS: 739 Penn Avenue, West Reading, PA 19611

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

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Saturday June 16, 2018 - Merrill Creek Reservoir

6 moderate miles

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. It really doesn’t take long to get there! 
NOTE: A few hikers ventured out into a misty morning for this hike previously, which turned sunny almost immediately. All agreed it was well worth the trip!

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Merrill Creek Reservoir Visitor Center parking lot 

DIRECTIONS: take I-78 East to New Jersey 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 the tunnel). Go 3 miles and turn left onto Montana Road across from Hunters Tavern. Go 2 miles and turn left onto Richline Road, at the top of the hill. Go .2 miles and turn left on Merrill Creek Road. Go another .2 miles 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, May 2, 2018

Saturday June 9, 2018 - French Creek Heritage Trail Hike

Approx. 5 moderate miles

Enjoy a delightful and historic hike through colonial history alongside the beautiful French Creek. We will see an old mill, a covered bridge and the gunpowder works for Washington’s army; among other sites!

1st Meeting place: 9:30 am at Clock Tower, 2846 Main Street, Morgantown 19543 
2nd Meeting place: 10:00 am at 1161 Hares Hill Road, Phoenixville 19460 

Directions from 1st Meet: Drive 19 miles on Rt. 23 East. At stop sign, turn right onto Hares Hill Road to the parking lot immediately on the left after crossing the bridge over French Creek.

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

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Saturday June 2, 2018 - Birdsboro Watershed

6 moderate to strenuous, hilly miles

Hike along the length of the western and northern portion of the Birdsboro watershed from the former White Bear Inn to Rustic Park at the lower end of Birdsboro (no creek crossings!) The return overlaps some of the initial route but adds a pass past the reservoir on the north side of Hay Creek.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, parking area on Hay Creek Road (former Rt. 82) north of Geigertown, .8 mile north of where Mullen Hollow Rd ends at Hay Creek Rd. DIRECTIONS: from the traffic light in Gibraltar at the Turkey Hill (3321 Main St., Birdsboro) travel east on Rt. 724. Take the first right (about 1.2 miles), cross the railroad tracks, turn left on Old River Road, then almost immediately, right turn onto Rock Hollow Road. Drive 2.8 miles on Rock Hollow Road, cross Cocalico Road, then drive another 1.1 miles to the first stop sign at Hay Creek Road. Turn left and drive .7 mile to the parking area. 

GPS: 2 Elk Trail Lane, Birdsboro, then stay on Hay Creek Road another .1 mile 

For further information or directions, contact: Phone - 610-323-1703, Cell – 610-850-1855

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Saturday May 26, 2018 - Pulpit Rock Loop Hike

6 moderate to strenuous miles

Come out to hike on this holiday weekend that begins the summer season and participate in the classic BCHC hike to Pulpit Rock. There will be hills, rocks, and beautiful scenery! Wear your hiking boots and a hat; bring water and a snack to munch as you take in the view at the top. Plan on lunch afterwards. NOTE: A downpour will cancel!

Meeting place: 9:00 am, Hamburg Reservoir parking lot
DIRECTIONS: Take Rt. 61 N. to Hamburg, bear right onto 4
th Street. At third traffic light, turn right onto State Street (old Rt. 22). Look for the left past the Hamburg Center onto Reservoir Road

For more information or further directions, contact: 717-376-5289

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Saturday May 19, 2018 - Evansburg State Park in Montgomery County

5 to 6 moderate miles

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

Meeting place: 9:00 am, Boscov’s east parking lot, Bus Rt. 422 East in Mt. Penn/Exeter 

GPS: 4500 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading 19606

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