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.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Saturday September 29, 2018 - Hamburg Reservoir to Port Clinton

6+ mod to strenuous miles
This is a re-scheduled AT hike along the mountain ridge. Some climbs, lots of rocks and a switchback descent offering outstanding views. Stop for a bite to eat on the trail. Boots and poles recommended.

For more information and further directions, contact: 610-301-7271

Meeting place: 9:15 am, Port Clinton playground

Directions: Rt. 61 North past Hamburg, 1st left off of Rt. 61 in Port Clinton to the playground parking lot (over the bridge and RR tracks)

NOTE: Extreme weather cancels

Friday, August 17, 2018

Saturday September 22, 2018 - French Creek Six Penny Hike

4 to 5 moderate miles

Let’s take a circle hike in the deep woods of French Creek. We will make several easy stream crossings and walk through the old Six Penny swimming and picnic area. Lunch after is optional.

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

Directions: Go south on 345 from Birdsboro to east entrance of park. Bear right on Park Road. Turn right on Scott’s Run Road and go to parking lot at the entrance to Scott’s Run Lake.

Meeting place: 10:00 am at Scott’s Run Lake parking lot

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Saturday September 15, 2018 - French Creek State Park Green Trail

6 mod to difficult miles

We will take the Lenni Lenape Trail for our hike today. This trail is rocky and we will need to watch out for the tree roots. There may be some muddy areas as well, along with some hills. We will take a snack and restroom break at Scott’s Run Lake. We will pass the pavilion and nature area on the return back to the parking area. Lunch later at Exeter Restaurant.

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

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Hopewell Furnace Visitors Center

Directions: Go south on 345 from Birdsboro. Continue past east entrance of park and turn right at Hopewell Road.

GPS: 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson 19520

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Saturday September 8, 2018 - French Creek State Park

5 - 6 moderate miles

We will hike on several trails, view two lakes and see/use some new boardwalks over the marshy area by Hopewell Lake on this loop hike.

Directions: Go south on 345 from Birdsboro to east entrance of park. Bear right on Park Road to Hopewell Lake west boat ramp parking lot and go behind the restroom facilities, near the playground area

NOTE: A downpour at 9:15 may cancel the hike.

For more information or further directions, contact: 484-797-4234 or 610-698-4293

Meeting place: 9:30 am, French Creek State Park

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Saturday September 01, 2018 - Pulpit Rock Loop Hike

6 moderate to strenuous miles

We began the summer with this hike and will end it by doing the same hike in reverse. This is a classic that bears repeating! Be prepared for hills, rocks, a great overlook, and good companionship. You know the drill – hiking shoes, hat, water, a snack and lunch afterwards.

For more directions or further instructions, contact: Rt. 61N, exit onto South 4th Street in Hamburg, after 1 mile make a right onto State Street, after 2.2 miles make a right onto Reservoir Rd. 

NOTE: Heavy rain and/or thunderstorm will cancel this hike

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

Meeting place: 9:00 am, Hamburg Reservoir Parking area at end of Reservoir Road, off old Rt. 22 about 2 miles east of Hamburg

Monday, July 23, 2018

Saturday August 25, 2018 - Neversink Mountain

6 moderate to difficult miles

Follow the leader as he shows the way on the trails of Neversink. There will be some steep ups and downs and maybe some bugs, so bug spray may be a good idea. Plan on lunch afterwards.

For more information or further directions, contact: from Reading on West Neversink Road, make a right onto Klapperthal Road before the entrance to Forest Hills Cemetery

NOTE: Do not park at Forest Hills Cemetery

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-750-4097

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Klapperthal Road parking area

Monday, July 16, 2018

Saturday August 18, 2018 - Mt Gretna Outdoor Art Show

6 + moderate to difficult miles

Something different! 
For anyone who wants to check out this very popular art and craft show we can hike there via the Lebanon Valley Rail-Trail and beat the heavy traffic. Instead of meeting at the “Root Beer Barrel” trailhead as we did last year, we can shorten the walk to and from by meeting at the Alden Way trailhead. From there we will hike about two flat easy miles to the art show, where you are free to explore the art and craft show in beautiful Mt. Gretna. Art show hours are 9am to 6pm; admission is $12 per person, 11 and younger free. You can hike the 2 miles back to your car whenever you please. The hike is rated moderate to difficult given the time of year and the extra miles you will be walking at the art show, in addition to the 4 miles to and from the Alden Way trailhead. 

NOTE: bring a flashlight to walk back to your car if you will be staying in Mt. Gretna past sunset.

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-914-1357

Meeting place: 8:30 am, at the Alden Way trailhead

Directions: 222 South, Rt. 76 West Turnpike, Exit #266 Lebanon-Lancaster, Left onto 72 North/Lebanon Road for 2 miles, exit right for Rt. 117 North, then make a left turn onto Rt. 117 North and immediate right turn onto the Alden Way trailhead

GPS: 1141 Alden Way, Lebanon, PA