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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Saturday April 2, 2022 - Antietam Lake

5 Moderate Miles

Spring into spring while enjoying Antietam Lake and the surrounding falls. Starting at the Angora Road Trailhead, we will take the lower muddy trail to view the scenic falls to the Seidel Road Trailhead. We will then check out the Stone Walled Creek area which was originally the Hinnershitz Farm, barn, grist mill, and basin. The return will be on the drier upper trail. Expect mud so waterproof boots and poles are recommended. Optional lunch after the hike. Rain cancels.

Meeting place: 9:00am at the Antietam Lake Trailhead parking lot. Park in the larger lot.

Directions: Take Carsonia Avenue from Mount Penn to Stony Creek. At end of Carsonia Avenue at stop sign take a slight left onto Antietam Road. Halfway up hill make the left onto Angora Road. Follow curved road and proceed to Antietam Lake Trailhead parking lot on left side.

GPS: 306 Angora Road (40.3564372, -758736809)

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

Monday, February 28, 2022

Saturday March 26, 2022 - Antietam Lake Hike

8 moderate to strenuous miles

The hike will begin at Antietam Lake parking area. We will go to the William Penn Tower via several trails including Wood Cutters, Rip-it, Towers, Red Dot and then hike further to the Pagoda. We will return via the Ferndale/Gravity trails and then the Green trail down to the parking area. I like to go on average 3 mph, so expect the hike to last about 2 hours 45 minutes (excluding a short break at the Pagoda). Rain cancels.

Meeting place: 8:45 a.m. Hike begins promptly at 9.

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 Rd. and proceed to trailhead on left. 

GPS: 306 Angora Road, Reading

For more information or further directions, contact: 215-205-3923

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Saturday March 19, 2022 - Trails of Birdsboro Waters Preserve

 5 moderate miles

We will make use of the newly built pedestrian bridge over the Hay Creek to hike trails of Birdsboro Waters Preserve – 1800-acres of woods set aside to preserve the quality of drinking water for Birdsboro residents. Note: Inclement weather cancels the hike.

Meeting place: 9:30a.m.attheparkinglotlocatedatthesouthernendoftheRusticParkofRobesonTownship (just south of Birdsboro).

Directions: From Reading take US-422 east to PA-345 (about 9 miles). Turn right onto PA-345 (to Birdsboro). Continue on PA-345 for about 1 mile. then continue on N. Furnace Street for about 1⁄3 mile. Continue on Haycreek Road for about 1 mile until the road ends at the new pedestrian bridge. Turn right into the parking lot.

GPS: 1314 Haycreek Road, Birdsboro [40.253789926843716, -75.81398086024939] 

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

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Saturday March 12, 2022 - Union Canal Trail

4 easy miles

Join the leader as we hike over the former "mule bridge" leading to the Union Canal trail. Starting at the Berks Leisure Area parking lot we'll hike the trail and then cross over to Penn State Berks Campus to explore that trail. Watch for Great Blue Herons along Tulpehocken Creek and maybe a few other early signs of spring. Rain or snow cancels.

Meeting place: 9:30 a.m. at Berks Leisure Area
Directions: Berkshire Blvd past Fox Movie Theater, at the stop sign turn right onto Tulpehocken Road, then left into the parking lot, just after Country Meadows. 

GPS: 1901 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing

For more information or further directions, contact:  610-750-2748

Friday, February 4, 2022

Saturday March 5, 2022 - Neversink Mountain

 Approx 6.5 to 7 miles

In the last year we have done two hikes on Neversink beginning from Mineral Spring Park covering the east and west ends of the mountain. This hike will cover much of what those hikes missed. We will pass the Witch's Hat, walk through Klapperthal Glen and take much of the trail above the Schuylkill until we cross over the mountain to return. There will be several steep climbs and descents. Snowy or icy roads cancel.

Meeting place: 10:00 a.m. on S. 19th St. at the start of Mineral Spring Park, near the former East End Athletic Assn. in sight of the Lindberg Viaduct.

Directions: From Perkiomen Ave, take S. 19th St under the Lindberg Viaduct, and proceed about 1/10 mile.

GPS: S. 19th Street, Reading [40.332433,-75.897637] 

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

Monday, January 24, 2022

Saturday February 26, 2021 - Monocacy Hill

5 moderate miles

We will climb up the hill from the front and down the steps in the back (if weather is conducive) and do a few other trails (Creek Trail for sure). We can, if we have another willing leader, break into two groups, if some do not want to hike the hill for the winter view as far as the Pagoda. Active heavy snow, rain or Ice on the roads cancels this hike. Bring poles & spikes ifb needed. Lunch options (in order of my preference): Vincenzo’s Ristorante, Uncle Jacks, Italian Delight, Island Pizza.

Meeting place: 9:50 a.m. at Monocacy Hill Recreation Area main parking lot. Hike will start at 10. 

Directions: From 422 E, take roundabout for a left hand turn onto Limekiln Road, right turn onto Monocacy Hill Road, right turn onto Geiger Road parking lot.

GPS: 54 Geiger Road, Douglassville

For more information or further directions, contact: 610-385-6862 before, 484-797-4234 day of hike

Friday, January 14, 2022

Saturday February 19, 2022 - Wyomissing Park to Reading Museum

5+ easy miles

This will be a loop hike with creek, trails, meadow, pineforest. Lunch there after is a possibility. Excessive snow or ice may lead to postponement.

Meeting place: 10 a.m. at Wyomissing Quarry Soccer Fields parking lot

Directions: Drive west on Lancaster Avenue through Shillington. After passing WAWA at Museum Road, turn right into the soccer field parking lot. 

GPS: Approx. 2220 Lancaster Pike, Reading

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