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, October 19, 2017

Thursday Nov 2, 2017 - Quittie Creek Nature Park

KATHY & KAY will hike a moderate 5-6 miles in the Quittie Creek Nature Park,(GPS address: 354 Bachman Road, Annville, PA.) Our hike begins at Quittie Creek. We will start a walk alongside the Creek, hiking to Annville’s restored Railroad Station and continue to Lebanon Valley College. Hopefully, the black swans will be swimming in the small pond on the campus grounds. Always dress appropriately for weather conditions.There will be an optional lunch stop at the Hearth Restaurant in Lebanon, after the hike.

MEET: 9:30A.M. @ the lot next to McDonalds off Rte. 419 in Womelsdorf.
DIRECTIONS TO MC DONALD’S: Travel west from Reading on Rte. 422 to Rte. 419 and turn left, then right into the lot.

TELEPHONE: Kathy 610-603-9461 or Kay 610-796-7602 with any questions.

Thursday Oct 26, 2017 - Lebanon Rail Trail

JOHN & HERB have mapped a 4-5 mile hike on the Lebanon Rail Trail. We will walk from the Lancaster County line to the end of the trail near Elizabethtown. The trail is mostly level and lined with trees. It follows the Conewago Creek and passes working farms. Lunch afterwards is an option.

MEET: 9:00 A.M. At the south end of the Walmart parking lot off Route 322 in Ephrata or form informal car pools and meet at the main Mt. Gretna parking area at 9:45 A.M.

TELEPHONE: John 610-322-9670 c or Herb 484-252-9493 c with questions.

Thursday Oct 19, 2017 - Hamburg

GERRY will lead an easy 5 mile hike on fairly level terrain in Hamburg and vicinity. The hike will start at the Hamburg Park and follow trails near the Schuylkill River. We will traverse in and out on part of the Bartram Trail. Then, explore an old trail returning to our starting point. Lunch stop afterwards is optional.

1st MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Redner's Market parking lot in Leesport, just off Rte. 61 N.
2nd MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Hamburg Park parking lot to meet leader.
DIRECTIONS: Travel Rte. 61 N. to Hamburg Exit (4th St.) continue to State St. turn left go to 2nd St. turn right go to Island St. turn left to the parking lot.

TELEPHONE: Leader Gerry 610-678-5245 with any questions.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Thursday Oct 12, 2017 - Nolde

MARK will lead a moderate to difficult, 5 to 6 mile hike in the Nolde Forest. Weather permitting, we will start at the Sawmill parking lot and hike on various trails within the forest. There will be hills, so be prepared. Carry water and a snack, if desired. Lunch after the hike is optional.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Sawmill parking lot of Nolde Forest, just off Rte. 625.

TELEPHONE: Leader Mark 484-824-2740 with any questions.

Thursday Oct 5, 2017 - Roaring Creek

LES will lead a return to Roaring Creek. This is a watershed north of Centralia along Route 42. Three reservoirs adjoin an 8 mile trail that runs from Route 42 to Route 54. This 5 to 6 mile hike will begin from Route 42 and proceed to the scenic 1 mile long middle reservoir, then return. Only a few modest hills on this hike. Lunch is an option later, on the way home.

NOTE: If there is inclement weather, an Ontelaunee Lake hike will be substituted.

MEET: 8:30 A.M. at Redner's in Leesport. From here there will be a drive of about 1 hour 15 minutes to reach the starting point.

TELEPHONE: Leader Les 610-323-1703, Cell 610-850-1855 with questions.

Thursday Sep 28, 2017 - Churchtown, Lancaster County

HERB has planned a 4-5 mile moderate hike in Lancaster County. We will walk through historic Churchtown where Washington is said to have visited, pass through the iron plantation at Pool Forge, quickly pass a “haunted house” and see many old order farms and farmers at work. A stop at a traditional Amish/Mennonite flower garden is planned for those interested. The hostess will have light refreshments. Lunch afterwards is an option.

MEET: 9:00 A.M. at the Clocktower Plaza parking lot behind the Burger King off of Rte. 23 in Morgantown.

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

Thursday Sep 21, 2017 - Hotel Hershey

FELICIA (AL'S daughter) will do a Hershey Hike and Oktoberfest Kickoff leading us on a 3 and a 1/2 mile circle hike on the property of the 5 star Hotel Hershey resort. We will walk on both paved paths and blazed trails through the woodlands. There are a few hills but they are moderate. Shorts can be worn, if one prefers such attire, as paths are well worn and maintained. The last leg of the hike we will explore the free hotel garden and reflecting ponds, the spectacular hotel and lobby commissioned by Mr. Milton Hershey and the beautiful view of the town he built. We will then kickoff Oktoberfest at Troegs independent microbrewery with a free self guided tour, purchase lunch and an optional tasting bar with many unique beverage offers. www.troegs.com.You can leave after the hike if you don't want to go down the hill to Troegs. It is optional, of course.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. on the upper lot of the Hershey Gardens, Hotel Road, Hershey PA 17033. We can use restrooms in the hotel prior to and after the hike.

TELEPHONE: Leader Felicia 717-576-6881 with questions