BCHC is a hiking club that is located in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The club was first organized in the 1920's. This is the official club site. We list weekly hikes that range from short easy strolls to strenuous mountain hikes. The type of hike is dependent on the leaders that volunteer to fill our quarterly schedules. This site lists some of the recent scheduled weekly Saturday hikes.
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.
5-6 difficult miles Re-visit Nolde Forest with Mark on this early autumn hike. Meeting place: 9:30 am, Sawmill parking lot, off of Rt. 625, 2 miles south of Rt. 724 GPS: 2910 New Holland Road For more information and further directions, contact: 484-824-2740
5-6 easy to moderate miles Check out the Leesport area and river rail-trail with Doug. No hills, but bug spray is recommended. Lunch later at the Leesport Diner. Meeting place: 9:30 am, Redner’s Market, Rt. 61N in Leesport, then carpool about a mile to the rail-trail along the river GPS: 5471 Pottsville Pike, Leesport For more information and further directions, contact: 610-750-4097
5-6 moderate miles We will start at the Hamburg Reservoir parking lot and access the AT going south toward Port Clinton. We will then make a U-turn for the return using another trail which comes out just below the parking lot. It may still be hot, so bring any necessary items, especially water. Lunch after is always an option. Meeting place: 9:30 am, Hamburg Reservoir parking area Directions: From Reading take Rt. 61N approx. 17 miles from Route 222N, bear right onto South Fourth St in Hamburg, go approx. 1 mile then turn right onto State Street, travel 2.2 miles then turn left onto Reservoir Road for 1.1 miles to the parking lot GPS: 402-450 Reservoir Road, Lenhartsville For more information and further directions, contact: 717-376-5289
4-5 easy miles Hike with leader along the well maintained trail between the Blue Marsh Park Office and the restored locks on the extended Union Canal Trail. This section has been sown with wildflower seeds and is usually ablaze with early blooming plants. We will make a short stop at the Blue Marsh Museum along the way. There are some hills, but few rocks. Lunch after is an option. Meeting place: 10:00 am, at the Blue Marsh Museum by the park office off of Palisade Road (follow the sign from Palisade Road to the park office)
For more information or further directions, contact: 484-252-9493
Approx. 6 mod miles Follow Kay as we hike the Historic River Trail alongside the Schuylkill River. We will hike to the Betzwood Picnic Area and return via the Schuylkill River Trail. If it rains the trail may be muddy, so dress appropriately for conditions. 1st Meeting place:9:15 am, Clock Tower parking lot in Morgantown (approx. 23 mile drive through Phoenixville to the 2nd Meet location) 2nd Meeting place: 10:00 am, Schuylkill River Trail parking lot at Pawlings Road and Station Avenue. There is a traffic light at this intersection. GPS: approx. 1369 Pawlings Road, Phoenixville Note: There will be a short shuttle to the start of the hike For more information and further directions, contact: 610-796-7602 with questions or if planning to meet at Pawlings Road
6+ moderate to difficult miles For anyone who wants to check out this very popular art and craft show we will 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 in prior years, the hike has been shortened 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. Meeting place: 9:00 am, at the Alden Way trailhead Directions: 222 South, take PA Turnpike (I-76) west to 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 to Alden Way trailhead GPS: 1141 Alden Way, Lebanon, PA For more information and further directions, contact: 610-914-1357