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.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Saturday December 30, 2017 - Douglass and West Pottsgrove Townships

6 moderate miles 

We will hike through the neighborhoods of Douglass and West Pottsgrove Townships and have an opportunity to observe the various styles of residential architecture. The terrain in quite hilly, so expect a lot of ups and downs along with a nice view of the tri-county region from the top of a hill. Lunch later is an option.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, eastern end of parking lot at Dollar General in Stowe 
GPS: 1620 West High Street, Pottstown

NOTE: Inclement weather cancels hike

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

Monday, November 20, 2017

Saturday December 23, 2017 - French Creek State Park

Approx. 4 moderate miles

Our hike leader will lead a hike following the Boone and Horseshoe Trails to Hopewell Village and then continue through the village to Rt. 345 where we will turn around and head back on the Horseshoe Trail. Christmas treats will be served at the end of the hike and lunch later is an option. Rain, steady snowfall or icy conditions will cancel this hike.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, West Boat Launch by Hopewell Lake (near 843 Park Rd Elverson)

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-286-8913 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Saturday December 16, 2017 - Bethlehem Christkindlmarkt

We will start with a short walking tour of Bethlehem’s historic district and then visit Bethlehem’s holiday market of handmade crafts (open 11am to 8pm), followed by a casual dinner at a select restaurant. We’ll enjoy live holiday demonstrations and food. There are free trolley stops as well. 

Entrance fee: Adults 13+ = $9; Senior 65+ = $8 and children 6 to 12 = $5.

Meeting place: 9:00 am, at the parking lot off of Bus Rt. 222, 5th Street Hwy in Temple, to the left of Walmart, behind McDonalds (5372 Allentown Pike)

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-823-9023 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Saturday December 9, 2017 - Muhlenberg and Laureldale Hike

4 to 5 easy miles

Join leader on this easy winter hike, short and sweet, on the rail-trail and various streets. Lunch later is optional, of course!

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Muhlenberg rail-trail trailhead parking lot off of Mt. Laurel Road in Temple

Directions: Travel north on Kutztown Road (4900 block) and turn right on Mt. Laurel Road. Go one block to the trailhead parking lot on the right side. 

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

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Saturday November 25, 2017 - Mt Pisgah Plane and Jim Thorpe Hike

4 + difficult miles

It’s time again for our occasional insanity hike! For the adventurous, or just plain foolish, we will climb the 2,322 foot, 29 degree Pisgah plane of the former Switchback Gravity Railroad in Old Mauch Chunk (aka Jim Thorpe), Carbon County. This long climb, though strenuous, abounds in history. The switchback was Pennsylvania’s first railroad, and the second in the U.S.A. We will see a spectacular view at the top, the original “Wagon Road” and continue down Packer Hill into town for lunch at Antonio’s Restaurant. After lunch we will hike up Broadway and onto the former, now abandoned “Bus Road,” returning to the parking area. Rain does not cancel this hike, but snow or ice will.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, at the parking area at the top of Hill Road in Jim Thorpe 

Directions: From Rt. 209 in downtown Jim Thorpe, turn west onto Broadway, then make the first right onto Hill Road, next to the Mauch Chunk Opera House (14 W. Broadway) and proceed to parking area at top of hill. 

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-921-3252 or Cell: 610-451-5380 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Saturday November 18, 2017 - Nolde Forest Hike

6 difficult miles

Get some exercise in before that big dinner on Thanksgiving day! Mark will be leading us on various trails in this man-made forest.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, at the Sawmill parking lot, Rt. 625 
GPS: 2910 New Holland Road

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