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

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thursday August 7, 2014 - Horseshoe Trail Maintenance

MARK will be taking us through a Horseshoe Trail Clean-up. This occurs on the section of the trail that our club periodically maintains. This Section spans from Knauers to Adamstown; however, we will only cover part of it at this time. Carry the usual tools, work gloves, water and lots of good humor. Trail maintenance is an opportunity to give back to the community and is greatly appreciated.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Kenhorst Shopping Plaza, Routes 724 & 625 in Kenhorst in the lot in front of the Dairy Queen.

TELEPHONE: Mark 610-373-6730 with any questions.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday July 31, 2014 - Silver Mine Park

KAY would like you to come and join the group as they traverse trails along the beautiful Pequea Creek in Silver Mine Park, Lancaster County. The Park was once home to a trailer park and campground and contains a real silver mine. We will start the walk along a hike/bike trail and continue thru fields, woods, around the pond, and a geology walk thru the old mine area. The entire route for this hike will be approximately 5 miles.

MEET: 9:00 A.M. Ollie’s parking lot in Shillington at the junction of routes 222 & 724. (One way drive time = 40 minutes, distance = 34 miles).

TELEPHONE: Kay 610-796-7602 with any questions.

Thursday July 24, 2014 - Crow's Nest

Herb has a 5+ mile hike planned in the Crow's Nest area. We will walk under the coolness of the woodland trails, along the creek and through some open areas and then circle back using the Horseshoe Trail. This is a moderate, circle hike with some ups and downs! We may need to shuttle cars to a small parking lot as needed.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ the east end of the Hopewell Furnace parking lot off Rte. 345.

TELEPHONE: Herb at 610-286-6886 with questions.

Thursday July 17, 2014 - Swatara Creek

LES will lead a hike of about 6 miles along Swatara Creek. Enjoy a flat shaded walk along both sides of the Swatara Creek near Pine Grove. A relatively new bridge provides the means to cross the creek at something like the mid - point and limit the distance. This should be nothing like the hike that made '5 mile Kathy' famous.

MEET: 9:00 A.M. @ Church Rd parking lot of Blue Marsh off Route 183.

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

Thursday July 10, 2014 - Maiden Creek

AL will lead a 5 mile hike in Ontelaunee Township along the Maiden Creek. After viewing the spillway of Lake Ontelaunee into the Maiden Creek we will walk on the Freedom Trail through the Blue Falls Picnic Grove. Then cross over the Wiley’s Bridge which still remains, due to controversy. Many advocates want the bridge to remain for hikers and bikers. We will continue to follow the trail along Maiden Creek to Berkley Water Works and return. Wear good hiking shoes; carry water, sunscreen and insect repellant.

MEET: 9:00 A.M. @ Redner’s Market parking lot off Route 61 N. in Leesport to carpool for a short hop to the Dam Breast parking lot with limited parking.

TELEPHONE: Al 610-929-9694 with questions.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Thursday July 3, 2014 - Trail Magic

ELLEN and HERB are planning another “Trail-Magic” event. This will be on the AT north of Reading. It is a combination food/drink give-away for thru-hikers and a picnic and a 5-6 mile hike for the BCHC group. The event will be held rain or shine.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Redner's Market parking lot off Rte. 61N in Leesport to carpool.

TELEPHONE: Ellen 610-775-2677 to plan food and drinks. We need baked goods, fresh fruit and cold drinks. Call Herb 610-286-6886 with general questions.

Thursday June 26, 2014 - High Point of Berks County

DIANE will lead a 5 – 5 ½ mile hike to get “HIGH” by taking us to the Highpoint of Berks County. No, this is not the Pinnacle; this is the true highpoint of Berks. Hike will be in and out on woodland trails with some rocks. Wear good hiking boots; carry water, sunscreen and insect repellant.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ State Game land parking lot, off Route 183, just south of the Appalachian Trail Crossing.

TELEPHONE: Diane 610-488-0231 with any questions.