General Club Facts:

Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States
Membership in the BCHC is $10.00 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.

Monday, January 30, 2023

Saturday March 11 - Lower Switchback Rail-Trail / Jim Thorpe

9 moderate miles

We will once again visit the Switchback in JT, where history and nature come together on a trail that dates back to the early 1800s when trains hauled coal from the mines to the Lehigh Canal. Starting at Mauch Chunk Lake Park, we will take the lower trail into town, enjoy lunch, then return on the same trail. There will be a steep descent and ascent into town. Bring water and snacks, along with hiking boots for the rocky and muddy sections. Rain cancels.

1st Meeting place: 8:30 a.m. at Redner's Market, 5471 Pottsville Pike, Leesport (Rt. 61 North)
2nd Meeting place: 10:00 a.m. at Mauch Chunk Lake Park

Directions: 61 north for approx. 13 miles, right onto 895 for 6.7 miles, left onto E. Railroad Ave in New Ringgold for another 6.7 miles, left onto W. Penn Pike for 2.2 miles, right onto Owl Creek Road (careful, hard to see this turn) for 8.1 miles to Mauch Chunk Lake Park Office 

GPS: 625 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe [40.843472, -75.805361]

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-914-1357


Monday, January 23, 2023

Saturday March 4, 2023 - Gravity Trail To Egelman's

We’ll take the Gravity Trail to Kueschler’s Roost, continue to Egelman’s and then backtrack back. Not for unstable ankles; some rocky stretches. I will point out historical landmarks that I make up as I go. Cancelled for snow, cold rain. Warm rain, ok.

Meeting place: 9:30 a.m. at Antietam Lake Trailhead

Directions: Take Carsonia Avenue from Mt. Penn to Stony Creek Mills. At stop sign, bear slight left onto Antietam Road. Halfway up hill, turn left onto Angora Road and proceed to trailhead on left. 

GPS: 306 Angora Road

For more information or further directions, contact: Cell: 610-505-9397


Monday, January 16, 2023

Saturday February 25, 2023 - Ontelaunee Township Road Hike

Approx. 4 miles

We'll hike on some back roads on a circle-with-hills hike. Many good views of the area. Bundle up as it may be windy at this time of year. Snow or steady rain cancels. Eating after for all who wish to go.

Meeting place: 9:30 a.m. at Redner’s to drive to hike starting point (1 mile away) 

Directions: North on Rte 61 to Leesport.

GPS: 5471 Pottsville Pike, Leesport

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-750-4097


Monday, January 9, 2023

Saturday February 18, 2023 - Middle Creek Overlook Hike

Approx. 5 miles

This hike will visit two overlooks with several hills to climb to get there. Lunch at the K-Ville Hotel, 2647 Heidelberg Ave.

Meeting place: 10:00 a.m. at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Visitors Center

Direcvtions: From 272 south, take Rte 897 north for 14 miles to Kleinfeltersville, then take the first left after the stop sign onto Hopeland Road, then travel 2 miles to the Visitors Center.

GPS: 100 Museum Road, Stevens

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


Monday, January 2, 2023

Saturday February 11, 2023 - Blue Marsh Lake

Approx. 5 moderate miles

A frosty hike along Blue Marsh Lake, varying hills. Lunch afterward, if interested, at Ganly’s Irish Pub, 500 Brownsville Road, Sinking Spring

Meeting place: 9:45 a.m. at State Hill Boat Launch parking lot

Directions: From intersection of 422/724 in Sinking Spring, travel 422 west approx 1.2 miles to Green Valley Road and turn right. Travel 2.5 miles to Brownsville Rd and turn right. Travel 0.5 mile to Boat Launch entrance on left. Travel approx. 0.75 mile to parking lot. 

GPS: 599 Brownsville Road, Wernersville [40.366057°, -76.03741°]

For more information or further directions, contact: Cell: 610-301-4342


Monday, December 26, 2022

Saturday February 4, 2023 - Green Lane Park / Perkiomen Trail

4.5 miles

1st Meeting place: 9:30 a.m. at Weis Market in Oley to carpool

Directions: Weis parking lot at intersection of Rte 73 and Friedensburg Road, Oley GPS: 61 Kings Plaza, Oley

2nd Meeting place: 10:10 a.m. at Green Lane Park

GPS: 1960 Snyder Rd., Green Lane (parking lot near the office) [8GP7+3P]

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


Monday, December 19, 2022

Saturday January 28, 2023 - Clarence Schock Environmental Center

Approx. 5.5 moderate miles

It will be an in-and-out hike using Trail 5 and the Horse-Shoe Trail, moderate hills, minimum rocks. There are Job Johnnies at both the beginning and midway through the hike. There is no hunting in this park.
NOTE: Hike will be cancelled if snow or temperatures below 20 degrees occur.

Meeting place: 10:00 a.m. at the Environmental Center

Directions: Rte 422 west to 501 south in Myerstown. Rte 419 south in Schaefferstown. Rte 72 south in Quentin and 117 north shortly afterwards (Note: you will be merging on Rte. 322/72 entering on the left and the exit is on the right very soon.) After 2.2 miles turn left on Pinch Road (across from the Pizzeria immediately after the pull-in parking section of Mt Gretna.), then 1 mile to Environmental Center entrance on the left.

GPS: 3283 Pinch Road, Lebanon [40 14 14.72N, -76 27 31.22W]

For more information or further directions, contact: 484-665-0196 or C: 610-603-6876 with questions