The BERKS COUNTY WANDERERS are part of the Berks County Comunity Hiking Club. Their walks and hikes are held primarily on Thursday mornings. Further information about either hiking group is available from Al Napolentano at 610-929-9694 or avnapo@msn.com. Pets are not allowed on these hikes. To see photos from preveous hikes go to: http://wandererspics.blogspot.com

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Thursday Jan 19, 2017 - Birdsboro Watershed

Les will lead a close to 6 mile shuttle hike in the Birdsboro Watershed. We will access the watershed via the Horseshoe Trail, then use some of the more remote trails to proceed to the main reservoir. Expect a number of hills to climb to keep you warm. If trails are snowy or icy, the shuttle hike will be canceled and an alternate hike on the Schuylkill River Trail will be substituted.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ the Schuylkill River trail head in Monocacy. On Route 724, just east of Center Rd, take the first left turn, at approximately 1273 East Main St (at the former Tim's Ugly Mug, now the Fork & Ale). We will shuttle from here to the starting point.

TELEPHONE: Leader Les 610-323-1703 with questions.

Thursday Jan 12, 2017 - Nolde

HERB will lead a local winter hike in nearby Nolde Forest. We will hike 5.5-6 miles (guaranteed) on woodland trails and try to visit some parts of the forest we have not seen lately. Perhaps we will see Nolde in the snow! We can stop in the mansion to get warmed up and if the snow is deep, borrow some snowshoes! Lunch afterwards is an option.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Nolde Mansion parking lot off of Route 625.

TELEPHONE: Leader Herb 484-252-9493 Cell with questions.

Thursday Jan 5, 2017 - Blue Marsh

KAY will lead us on a hike in the Blue Marsh Lake area. We will begin at Church Road and hike Multi-use Trail to Heidelberg Road. It will be an in/out easy walking hike. Hike as far as you wish. Enjoy Tulpehocken Creek views from Heidelberg Road Bridge and return. Approximately 6-7 miles. Dress appropriately for the weather. Lunch is optional afterwards

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Church Road Parking Lot off Rte. 183.

TELEPHONE: Leader Kay Williams 610-796-7602 with questions.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Thursday Dec 29, 2016 - Neversink

LES will lead an approximate 6 mile hike on NEVERSINK. This is an exploratory hike. He has been told that South 9th St. used to go to and cross the Schuylkill River. So, let's see what remains of this road. We will take the trail above the Schuylkill to South 9th St., then turn and follow the old road as far as we can. After returning to Neversink, we will decide which trails to use to complete the hike. Neversink's bad hills should be avoided on this hike.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ the pond at Forest Hills Memorial Park.

TELEPHONE: Leader Les 610-323-1703 with questions.

Thursday Dec 22, 2016 - Womelsdorf

GERRY & WILLIE will be leading a Historical Hike around the over 250 year old town of Womelsdorf. This approximate 5 mile walk will take us over streets, alleys, sidewalks, grassy areas and lanes. We will be learning history of the town's buildings and the leader will have pictures of people in the past and events that occurred. We will continue walking thru Conrad Weiser Park. This will be a leisurely paced walk. We can opt for lunch afterwards.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Lot next to McDonalds off Rte. 419. (We can use their facility before the hike and later we can use the Library's facility in Womelsdorf).

DIRECTIONS: Travel west on Rte. 422 to Rte. 419 and turn left, then right into the lot.

TELEPHONE: Leaders Gerry & Willie 610-678-5245 with questions.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Thursday Dec 15, 2016 - Felix Dam, Ritz's Lock, Dietrich Park

AL will lead a 5 to 6 mile hike in Muhlenberg Township encompassing former Felix Dam on the Schuylkill River, Ritz's Lock and Dietrich Park. Easy walking on varied terrain including gravel paths, roads and grassy areas. Optional lunch afterwards at Crossroads Restaurant on Rte. 61 in Tuckerton.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Felix Dam parking lot at Whitner & River Roads.

DIRECTIONS: Traveling east on route 12 take River Road exit and travel north on River Rd. 2.7 miles to Whitner Rd. (4th stop sign) turn left into Felix Dam Rec. parking area.

TELEPHONE: Leader Al 610-929-9694 or cell 610-406-1366 day of hike with questions.

Thursday Dec 8, 2016 - French Creek / Hopewell Furnace

HERB has planned a 5-6 mile moderate to easy hike in the French Creek/ Hopewell Furnace area. We will walk through an abandoned CCC camp. Then using the Horse -Shoe Trail and back country roads we will circle the lake and return to the starting point. We should be safe from hunters by walking in the park and on roads. There will be one moderate hill and some rocky trails. Lunch afterwards is an option.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ the parking lot west from the FCSP office on Park Road.

TELEPHONE: Hike Leader Herb at 484-252-9493 cell with questions.