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 Pets are not allowed on these hikes. To see photos from preveous hikes go to:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thursday Dec 3, 2015 - Antietam Lake

Les will lead the 5.5 mile zigzag hike from Antietam Lake. The Red Blaze and the Yellow Blaze trails lead from the Antietam Lake parking lot to Kuechler's Roost, roughly paralleling each other. A number of cross trails connect them. How many? What color blazes do they have? At this time of year, the terrain between these blazes will be visible. We will take each of the cross trails as we climb the hill above Antietam. There will be a side trip past the 'Man Cave.' After reaching Kuechler's Roost, the return is via the former Angora Fruit Farm. Lunch will be optional afterwards.

MEET: 10 AM @ Antietam Lake parking lot.

TELEPHONE: Les 610-323-1703 with questions.

Thursday Nov 26, 2015 - Wyomissing Creek

KAY wants us to enjoy a hike along Wyomissing Creek and work up an appetite to further enjoy that turkey and filling. The hike will be approximately 5 miles and travels on trails, roads, and fields of the area. Always dress appropriately for weather conditions. If it rains, there’s a possibility to get our feet wet.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Wyomissing Creek parking lot off Lancaster Ave in Shillington. (The location is behind WAWA near bus. rte. 222 and rte. 724).

TELEPHONE: Kay 610-796-7602 with questions.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Thursday Nov 19, 2015 - Pinnacle

MARGARET will lead a hike to the Pinnacle of 6 - 7 miles. This hike will omit Pulpit Rock and shortens the distance to the Pinnacle by ascending the Red Trail. November will give us leaves off views of the best Appalachian Trail lookout in Berks County. If there is inclement weather, we will circle the Hamburg reservoir on various trails. Wear sturdy shoes, carry water and a snack, if desired. Lunch stop after the hike is optional

MEET: 9:30 A.M.@ Hamburg Reservoir parking lot.

TELEPHONE: Margaret 610-779-8393 if any questions.

Thursday Nov 12, 2015 - Appalachian Trail to Shubert's Gap

ELLEN & HERB have mapped out a 6-7 mile moderate hike on the Appalachian Trail. We will hike to Shubert's Gap where springs of water cascade into a pond on the mountain. Expect some rocks and hills. Many local hikers consider this one of their favorite areas on the AT! Water and snack are advised.

MEET: 9:30AM at the game land parking lot off of Route 183 on the right before you reach the top of the mountain. Lunch afterwards is an option.

TELEPHONE: Ellen 610-775-2677 or Herb 610-286 6886 with any questions.

Thursday Nov 5, 2015 - Leesport

GERRY & WILLIE will lead a ~6 mile hike in the Leesport area and on new sections of the Schuylkill River Trail. We will hike along dirt roads, macadam paths and some sidewalks. We will check out the two new sections of the SRT and walk around Leesport. Lunch afterwards is an option.

MEET: 9:45 A.M. @ Redner’s Market parking lot in Leesport off Rte. 61.

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

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Thursday Oct 29, 2015 - Wildwood Park, Harrisburg

FELICIA (Al’s daughter) wants us to take a trip west to the state capital and enjoy the wetlands, lake and sanctuary at Wildwood Park. This 3.5 mile circle hike around the lake is divided between easy and moderate difficulty. There is an additional .25 mile difficult add on where we can challenge ourselves, if we desire.

This hike includes some boardwalk areas leading into the wetland and bird blinds. The last mile and a half of the hike is a flat towpath trail (1 mile) followed by a half mile boardwalk. Wildwood Park is located just off I 81 near the Farm Show Complex and Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC). The address is 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110.

1st MEET: 8:45 A.M. @ Church Rd. parking lot of Blue Marsh off Rte. 183 to carpool to Harrisburg.

2nd MEET: 10:30 A.M. @ Benjimin Olewine lll Nature Center parking lot. We can use the facilities there before venturing out onto the trail. Following this hike we will head east toward Hershey for a prepared lunch at the home of Al's daughter, Felicia. Please RSVP to by October 22nd if you are planning to attend this hike so I can get an accurate count for seating and meal planning. Felicia's home is in Hummelstown Pa. 17036.

TELEPHONE: Felicia cell 717-576-6881 or Al cell 610-406-1366 if questions.

Thursday October 22, 2015 - Tuscarora State Park

MARGARET will lead a hike of 5 miles in Tuscarora State Park. This Schuylkill County park offers beautiful views of Tuscarora Lake with rhododendron thickets and colorful foliage. Dress accordingly and carry water and snacks, if desired. Lunch is an option after the hike for those wishing to participate.

MEET: 9:00 A.M. @ Redner’s Market off route 61 in Leesport.

TELEPHONE: Margaret 610-779-8393 with questions.