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

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.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday Dec 1, 2016 - Newmanstown & Fort Zellers

GERRY & WILLIE will lead a Newmanstown & Fort Zellers Hike. We will do about a 6 mile hike on roads and park areas. We'll view the town park and then on to see an historic mansion that was moved a tenth of a mile to a new location. Hopefully we can still see where the work was done on Sept. 1st of this year.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Newmanstown Playground

DIRECTIONS: Take Rte. 422 west to Womelsdorf, then Rte. 419 south to Newmanstown, at traffic light turn right, go 1 block and turn right into playground parking lot.

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

Thursday Nov 24, 2016 - Wyomissing Creek

KAY will lead a hike along Wyomissing Creek zigzagging to the pond and back. Walk will be on grassy surfaces, road surfaces, sidewalks, and Park trails. Dress accordingly. Approximately 5 miles, just long enough to work up an appetite for Thanksgiving Turkey.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Wyomissing Creek parking lot off Lancaster Ave in Shillington. (Located behind WAWA near Business Route 222 and Route 724).

TELEPHONE: Leader Kay 610-796-7602.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY!

Thursday Nov 17, 2016 - Sand Spring & Tom Lowe Trails

SUZANNE leads Sand Spring & Tom Lowe Trails - 5 miles. Be a hiking hero and conquer this beautiful loop trail in hometown Berks county. Expect ascents, descents, stream crossings and ROCKS. There are lots of twists and turns, but trails are well blazed. Sturdy footwear, poles, and carry water are recommended.

MEET: 9:30A.M. @ State Game lands Parking Lot in Shartlesville PA.

DIRECTIONS: From exit 8 [Shartlesville] of I-78 drive north on Mountain Rd. for 0.3 mi. to Forge Dam Rd. on the left. Take this road 1.5 mi. [past the intersection with Northkill Rd.] to the parking area.

TELEPHONE: Leader Suzanne cell 717-376-5289 with any questions.