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.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Saturday January 1, 2021 - New Year's Day Hike - Myerstown Walk

3.6 to 4 easy to moderate miles

We will walk on streets and sidewalks around Myerstown, through Stone Ridge Village, Towne Center and the post card place. We’ll walk by the college, Isaac Meier House, a small park and creek. Will go some back streets to return to cars. For those interested, Dutchway will be open and serving pork and sauerkraut dinners or “all-you-can-eat” meals.

Meeting place: 10:00 a.m. at New Beginnings Church

Directions: Go west on 422 toward Myerstown. Pass Dutchway and Country Fare, turn left into NewBeginnings Church at sign (before getting to light at Myerstown). Follow road and go left into lower lot entrance to park.

GPS: 430 E. Lincoln Avenue, Myerstown 17067 

For more information and further directions: 610-678-5245

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Saturday December 18, 2021 - Middlecreek Wildlife Management Area

5-6 Difficult miles

Meeting place: 9:30 a.m. at Middle Creek Visitors Center

Directions: from Rt. 272 south, take Rte 897 north for 14 miles to Kleinfeltersville, then take the first left after the stop sign onto Hopeland Rd, then 2 miles to the Visitors Center 

GPS: 100 Museum Road, Stevens 17578

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

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Saturday December 11, 2021 - Monacacy Hill Recreation Area ( and the roads that get to it!)

 6 Moderate miles

We will hike for about a mile on the roads to get to Monocacy Hill Recreation Area – 428 acres of forest in Amity Township, then hike wooded trails of the recreation area. NOTE: Inclement weather cancels the hike.

Meeting place: 9:30am  at the parking lot of Hill Road Recreation Area in Amity Township.

Directions from Reading to meeting place1: Take US 422 east to Amity Township (about 12 miles). After passing Dollar General on the left, make a left turn onto N. Monocacy Creek Rd. After 0.2 mile, turn left onto Victoria Dr. After 0.1 mile, turn right onto Hill Rd. After 0.1 mile, make a right into the gravel parking lot of Hill Road Recreation Area.

GPS MEET 1: 87 Hill Road, Douglassville 19518.

Directions for meeting place 2: 9:50 am at the Monocacy Hill Recreation Area parking (small parking lot plus side of the road parking).

GPS MEET 2: 54 Geiger Road, Douglassville 19518 

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

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Saturday December 4, 2021 - Middle Creek Hike

 5-6 Moderate to Difficult Miles

This will be a nice, wooded trail hike in the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Weather permitting, we will start by hiking up a steep fire road to the Elders Run Trail. We will then follow Elders Run Trail to the Middle Creek Trail, then back to the parking area. There will be a long steep hill and stones to contend with. Bring water and snacks. There are several places in the area to stop for lunch after the hike.

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

Directions: 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 17578

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

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Saturday November 27, 2021 - Coventry Woods

 6 Moderately difficult miles

Using a number of trails and gravel roads, this hike will cover the western perimeter of this North Coventry Township park, just across the Berks border in Chester County. There will be several hill climbs and a variety of terrain. Snow will cancel.

Meeting place: 10 a.m. at the second lot in Coventry Woods. After entering the park, drive up a short hill, then down past the first parking lot to the bottom, follow the road left, and when it turns left again, the second parking area is on both sides of the lane.

Directions 1: Take Rte. 724 east from Birdsboro. About three quarters of a mile past River Bridge Rd (the road/bridge leading to Douglassville), turn right onto Unionville Road (All-Type Fence is located at this intersection). Follow Unionville Rd. 2.1 miles past Temple Church and Shenkel Church. Turn right at St. Peter’s Rd., then after about 0.5 mile turn left into Coventry Woods (Fernbrook Lane is to the right).

Directions 2: From Route 23, take St Peter's Rd. through St Peter's Village and continue for about 4 miles on St Peter's Rd. When you see Fernbrook Lane (on left), turn right into Coventry Woods.

GPS: 1954 St Peters Rd, Pottstown 19465 

For more information and further directions, contact:  610-323-1703

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Saturday November 20, 2021 - 100th Anniversary Hike at Warwick Park

 Approximate miles - ??? - Most likely a short hike

Leader Les will lead the anniversary hike for our celebration.

Meeting place: 11:00asm at Warwick Park

Directions: (From Reading) Take I-176 south to Morgantown. Go east on Route 23 for approximately 9 miles to Knauertown, turn right onto County Park Road (between houses in the village). Proceed 1/4 mile to Park entrance on the left. Pavilion is the largest one at top of hill.

GPS: 191 County Park Rd, Pottstown (Warwick), PA 19465 40.16873 N, 75.72067 W

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-223-6952

Hike is followed by BCHC's 100th Anniversary celebration! Reservations are required to attend this fun anniversary event.