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 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 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Saturday March 17, 2018 - Mill Creek Trail French Creek State Park

6 mod-to-diff miles 

We will be lead the way as we hike the white-blazed with red strip trail in the park. We will stop at Miller’s Point on the way back. There are many rocks, as you may know. There is a short cut you may want to take along with 2 easy stream crossings, plus 1 on a very short bridge, followed by a long hill on the way back. Lunch will be at the Exeter Diner.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, Shed Road parking lot off of Rt. 345 (south of Birdsboro) 

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

Friday, February 9, 2018

Saturday March 10, 2018 - Scott's Run Hike

4 to 5 moderate miles

See French Creek State Park in the snow. This hike will be in the deep woods and pine forest on the Horseshoe Trail and other park trails. Hiking to the highest point in the park—the fire tower—we will then circle back past a “maple sugar bush.” If sap is flowing, we will stop for a brief visit to watch how the maple sap is collected and made into syrup. Expect some rocks and hills. Optional lunch later.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Scott’s Run Parking lot off of Scott’s Run Road in French Creek State Park

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

Friday, February 2, 2018

Saturday March 3, 2018 - Middle Creek Hike

5 to 6 moderate miles

This will be a scenic hike along some nice wooded trails looking for any snow geese or swans that may have arrived early. There will be some hills and stones to contend with. Bring water and snacks. There are several places in the area for lunch later.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area Visitors Center

Directions: from Rt. 272 South in Adamstown, take Rt. 897 North for 14 miles into the village of Kleinfeltersville, take first left after the stop sign onto Hopeland Road then drive 2 miles to the visitors center
GPS: 100 Museum Road, Newmanstown, PA 17073...40.270574, -76.247842 

For more information or further directions, contact: 717-949-2056 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Saturday February 24, 2018 - Winter Walk Along the Tulpehocken

4 easy miles

Walk along the Tully on a cold, crisp winter day, hopefully leaving boot prints in the snow. Starting at the Berks Leisure area, we will follow the path past Gring’s Mill to the Red Bridge area. Extreme weather cancels. Optional lunch follows.

Meeting place: 10:00 am, Berks Leisure parking lot

Directions: From Berkshire Blvd past Fox Theater on right to Tulpehocken Road, make left past Country Meadows into Leisure parking lot.

GPS: 1901 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610

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

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday February 17, 2018 - Exeter Scenic River Trail & Allegheny Aqueduct Historical Park

5 to 6 moderate miles
We will hike the Exeter Scenic River Trail while taking in plenty of good views of the Schuylkill River in its wintery glory. Later, we will cross the river and hike through the Allegheny Aqueduct Historical Park and observe the Beidler House, the ruins of the Beidler Mill and the restored Allegheny Aqueduct. Lunch after the hike is an option.

Meeting place: 9:30 am, at the Gibraltar parking area of the Thun Trail GPS: 670 Proudfoot Drive, Birdsboro, PA 19508

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