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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Saturday March 28, 2020 - Warwick Furnace

4 to 5 moderate miles

This will be a road hike with very little traffic and moderate hills in a very charming valley in Chester County, near Warwick Park. See the newly opened and recently excavated 18th century furnace.

Meeting place: 9:30 am at Warwick Park to carpool, as parking at site is limited 
GPS: 191 County Park Road, Pottstown

DIRECTIONS: Rt. 176 S to Morgantown, East on Rt. 23 for 9 miles to Knauertown. Turn right onto County Park Rd (between houses in the village), proceed 1⁄4 mile to park entrance on left, turn left past office to lower parking lot.

For more information & further directions, contact: 484-948-5084

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Saturday March 21, 2020 - French Creek State Park

Approx. 6 moderate miles

Follow Kathy as she leads this hike on the green-blazed Lenni Lenape Trail. This trail is rocky and hilly, although some say it is the easiest trail in French Creek S.P. Tick spray suggested. Rain or snow cancels.

Meeting place: 9:30 am at Hopewell Visitor Center off Rt. 345.
GPS: 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson

DIRECTIONS: East on Rt. 422 to Rt. 345 South to Birdsboro. Continue on Rt. 345 then turn right onto Mark Bird Lane

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

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Saturday March 14, 2020 - Valley Forge National Historic Park

Approx. 6 easy miles

As you hike the trails try to imagine Gen. Washington’s winter encampment of 1777-1778 when 12,000 soldiers and 400 women and children marched into Valley Forge and began to build what became the 4th largest city in America. Few examples of the original 1500 log huts and fortifications remain. This hike is on mostly paved trails among rolling hills and is beautiful hike on a sunny day. Rain, snow, sleet or ice cancels.

1st Meeting place: 8:30 am at Boscov’s East (east end of lot), Bus. Rt. 422 East, Exeter 
2nd Meeting place: 10:00 am, Valley Forge Visitor’s Center
GPS: 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia

For more information & further directions, contact: 610-763-8376

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Saturday March 7, 2020 - Middle Creek Hike #2

3-5 miles (depending on conditions)

Will it be another “meander in the mud” hike or will there be snow around? Maybe we will see snow geese as they are on their annual migration.

Meeting place: 10:00 am at Middle Creek Visitor’s Center
GPS: 100 Museum Road, Stevens

DIRECTIONS: From Rt. 272 South, take Rt. 897 North 14 miles to Kleinfeltersville, then first left after stop sign onto Hopeland Rd, then 2 miles to the Visitor’s Center.

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-589-5575 or cell – 610-507-5600

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Saturday February 29, 2020 - Crow's Nest Preserve Hike

4 to 5 moderate miles, circle hike

Join hike leader Herb for a leap year winter hike through the fields and woods at this nearby natural area. We will stop at the Natural Lands Trust Visitor Center to get warm. Dress for the weather and wear waterproof footwear as the land alongside French Creek can be muddy.

Meeting place: 10:00 am at Crow’s Nest Visitor’s Center
GPS: 210 Piersol Road, Elverson


For more information & further directions, contact: 484-252-9493 or email herbvanhorn@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Saturday February 22, 2020 - Mt Penn Hike

5 to 6 moderate to difficult miles

Utilizing numerous Mt. Penn trails, Les will take us past several stone cellars, Rotary Park, and Vulture Rock. There will be several steep climbs. The hike includes road walking along Skyline Drive which affords scenic views of Reading on a clear day. Snowy or icy roads cancel this hike.

Meeting place: 10:00 am at William Penn Fire Tower on Skyline Drive 
GPS: 2500 Skyline Drive, Reading

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

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Saturday February 15, 2020 - Warwick - Ephrata Rail Trail

5 easy flat miles, shuttle

Winter walk along the gravel, asphalt path starting in town and passing thru open fields of Lancaster County farmland. Dress for the weather. Lunch optional. Extreme weather, hazardous roads cancels this hike.

Meeting place: 10:00 am at Warwick Township Municipal Park parking lot
GPS: 315 Clay Road, Lititz

DIRECTIONS: South on Rte 222, then East on 772 (Rothsville). At E. Newport Road bear right, and then left on Clay Road.

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