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, March 29, 2017

Saturday April 29, 2017 - Eastern Exeter Township & Daniel Boone Homestead

5 flat miles

We will use county roads of eastern Exeter Township to hike from the Exeter Meeting House to Daniel Boone Homestead, then hike the grounds of the homestead. We will have an opportunity to view the 18th century stone meeting house built by Quakers, as well as fields and farm structures of eastern Exeter Township. This will be a one-way, shuttle hike. Lunch is optional after the hike.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Daniel Boone Homestead Visitor Center parking lot 

Directions: From Reading, take Rt. 422 East about 10 miles, turn left onto Daniel Boone Road, after about a mile take the jug-handle left onto Daniel Boone Road and follow the signs to the visitor center

GPS Address: 400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro

NOTE: Inclement weather cancels this hike

For more information or further directions, contact: 484-467-8976 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Saturday April 22, 2017 - Baptism Creek Natural area

5 to 6 moderate miles

Enjoy a spring hike in this natural area noted for its variety of spring wildflowers. Picnickers and weekend hikers have come to this secluded place to relax since early times. This will be a shuttle hike with some hiking on back roads. There will be some rocks and hills. Lunch later is an option.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Hopewell Furnace Office parking lot, off of Rte. 345 GPS ADDRESS: 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson

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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Saturday April 15, 2017 - Mystery Easter Hike is Back!

Exactly 5 moderate miles

Imagine Easter Eggs, towers, views, farmlands and animals. For those who braved the hike several years ago, hope to see you again. For newcomers, come out and find out why it’s a mystery? The trek will be exactly 5 miles over mostly roads with some hills.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Redners Market, Rt. 61 North, Leesport to carpool to staring locale which is approximately 10 minutes away

GPS ADDRESS: 5471 Pottsville Pike, Leesport, PA.

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Saturday April 8, 2017 - Laureldale Boro / Muhlenberg Township

Approx. 5 to 6 easy miles 

This hike will have various terrain with some hills. We will be on roads, sidewalks, trails and a rail-trail.
We will enjoy a walk around Bernhardt’s Dam Park (a reservoir for the city of Reading). Wear good hiking shoes, carry water and wear something orange to alert motorists. Lunch optional afterwards.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Dominic Manzella Recreational Park

Directions: From Business Rt. 222 (N. Fifth St Hwy) in Muhlenberg Twp., turn onto Elizabeth Ave. (at Hess station). Driveway and parking lot are on left, just above Manor Care Health Services facility.

GPS ADDRESS: 2125 Elizabeth Avenue, Laureldale 19605

NOTE: Hike is in memory of Norm Williams, who originally planned to lead it. 

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-929-9694 or 610-406-1366 the day of the hike 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Saturday April 1, 2017 - Kaercher Creek Dam and Vicinity

Approx. 5 moderate miles

We will walk some of the old trails in the now closed Kaercher Creek County Park. Some remnants of the graded but never finished Allentown and Auburn railroad from 1875, as well as a nice blend of woods, town roads, cemetery and fields will be visited. Lunch afterwards at CJ Hummel’s in Lenhartsville.

Meeting place: 9:30 am at the Kaercher Creek boat launch area

Directions: Take Rt. 61 N. to Hamburg. Bear right onto 4th Street. At third traffic light, turn right onto State Street (old Rt. 22). Proceed about one mile and turn right on driveway into the former park, across from the Hamburg Center. Look for the white and red sign for the Hamburg Soccer Assn.

GPS ADDRESS: 3501 Old Rt. 22, Hamburg

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-921-3252 or 610-451-5380 the morning of the hike 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Saturday March 25, 2017 - Isabella Furnace / St Mary's

 4-5 ez to moderate miles

This winter hike is along back country roads where the township is restoring miles of stone walls in this historic area. We will pass the old 50 room Langoma Mansion, see the remains of the Isabella Iron Furnace, walk along a branch of the Brandywine River and view stone houses and mills. There are no rocks or hills! Lunch after is an option. [Ed. No rocks, no hills—can this really be true???]

Meeting place: 10:00 am at the Livingood Park
Directions: in Elverson turn South on Rt. 82 and go 1⁄2 mile to parking on right GPS ADDRESS: 101 S. Chestnut Street, Elverson 19520

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-286-6886 or Cell 484-252-9493 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Saturday March 18, 2017 - Horseshoe Trail Hike

6 easy miles

We will get to smell the chocolate of Hershey! This will be a shuttle hike with vehicles being moved to the end before we start. Foot surface is a mix of trail and road surface (mostly road) with easy walking. The start is the parking lot on 489 Drescher Road just off Lawn Rd in South Londonberry township and the end is the parking lot on 198 Washington Ave (A-fields) in East Hershey. First meeting point will be at Redners Sinking Spring on Rt. 422. Car-pooling is possible from here. 2nd meeting point is at the hike starting point, Drescher Road at 9:15 a.m. It’s possible to meet at the 3rd meeting point with a call ahead to the hike leader. The end is the parking lot on 198 Washington Avenue.

1st Meeting place: 8:00 am, Redner’s, 4870 Penn Ave. (Rt. 422 W) Sinking Spring, west side of lot
2nd Meeting place:
 9:15 am, 489 Drescher Rd, Palmyra 17078-9799
3rd Meeting place
: 9:30 am, 198 Washington Avenue, Hershey 17033-1238

For more information and further directions, contact: 610-909-5018, email: