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, April 3, 2018

Saturday May 5, 2018 - Baptism Creek Natural Area

4 to 5 easy round-trip miles

As we hike, we will stand in awe of the many wildflowers found in this quiet, spring-filled natural area so close to us! We will hike on woodland trails with some back road stretches. There will be several moderate hills and some rocks. Lunch after is an option.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Hopewell Furnace visitors center parking lot off of Rt. 345 GPS: 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson 19520

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

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Saturday April 28, 2018 - Douglass and West Pottsgrove Townships

6 moderate miles

We will hike through the neighborhoods of Douglass and West Pottsgrove Townships and observe the various styles of residential architecture. The terrain is quite hilly, so expect a lot of ups and downs along with a great view of the tri-county region. NOTE: Inclement weather cancels this hike.

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

For more information or instructions:  484-467-897 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Saturday April 21, 2018 - Blue Marsh Lake Hike in the Spring

7+ moderate miles

Hiking the northern tip of Blue Marsh Lake, we will hike up and down on forested trails and through meadows returning on a flat trail paralleling Rt. 183. A shuttle will be available for those who wish to complete only 1⁄2 of the hike. Hiking boots and poles are recommended. Heavy snow/ice (are you kidding!!!) or continuous rain will cancel. Lunch afterwards is optional.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, North Church Road off Rt. 183

Directions: Take Rt. 183 north and just south of Bernville, make a left onto North Church Road to the parking lot immediately on the left

For more information or further instructions, contact: 610-301-7271 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Saturday April 14, 2018 - Kaercher Creek Dam and Vicinity

Approx. 5 moderate miles

We will hike some of the old trails in the now closed Kaercher Creek County Park. We will see 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. Lunch later at C.J. Hummel’s in Lenhartsville.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Kaercher Creek Boat Launch area
Directions and further instructions: 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 1 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 Association.
GPS: 3501 Old Rt. 22, Hamburg

For more information and further instructions contact:LEADERS: 610-921-3252 or 610-451-5380 on the day of the hike 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Saturday April 7, 2018 - Middle Creek Hike

Approx. 6 to 7 moderate miles

We will be following the tour road so the first few miles will be in the sun. The second half will be on the shaded unpaved road.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Middle Creek Visitors Center

Directions or additional instructions: From Rt. 272 South in Adamstown, take 897 North for 14 miles into the village of Kleinfeltersville, take first left after stop sign onto Hopeland Road, then drive 2 miles to the Middle Creek Visitors Center
GPS: 100 Museum Road, Newmanstown, PA. ...40.270574, -76.247842 

For further information or instructions, contact: 717-949-2056 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Saturday March 31, 2018 - Hamburg Reservoir to Port Clinton

6 mod-to-strenuous miles 

Once again with climbs, rocks and a switchback descent, we will venture out on the A.T. hiking on the ridge that offers outstanding views of the valley below where we stop for a snack. Rain, snow, ice cancels. Optional lunch to follow. Hiking boots and poles are recommended.

Meeting place: 9:15 am, Port Clinton playground

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

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Saturday March 24, 2018 - Hershey Hike

West we go thru Chocolate Town, past the Golf course and up the hill to the Hershey Cemetery, passing the Pa. State Police Academy. This is a part road hike and field and woods but it will most likely be windy for late winter day. Hike starts at 10:00 AM

1ST Meeting place: 8:30 am, Redner’s Market, 4870 Penn Ave., Sinking Spring
nd Meeting place: 9:30 am, Parking lot at the A fields off Washington St in Palmdale. This is the start point. We will shuttle vehicles to the end point at Sandbeach Rd and Swatara Rd parking lot just south of intersection

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