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

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Thursday April 24, 2014 - Shartlesville Roads

ANN will lead a 5 – 6 mile hike in northern Berks County. This will be mostly road walking in the foothills of the Blue Mountain. Dress accordingly for the weather and wear good shoes. You may want to wear orange to alert motorists. Meet leader at 2nd meet point.

1st MEET: 9:15 A.M. @ Redner’s Leesport Market parking lot off Rte. 61 N.
This is to carpool if desired or go directly to 2nd meet and leader will be there.
2nd MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ the west end of parking lot of Blue Mt. Family Restaurant.

TELEPHONE: Ann 610-488-6378 with any questions.

Thursday April 17, 2014 - French Creek

HERB has planned a 5 to 6 mile wildflower walk at Baptism Creek Natural Area near Hopewell Furnace. Come out to see this well known nature lover’s paradise in the beauty of early spring. All the snow fed springs will be running. This is a moderate hike walked at a moderate pace with some ups and downs!

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Shed Road Parking Lot off Rte. 345 near Hopewell Furnace Visitor Center.

TELEPHONE: Herb 610-286-6886 with questions.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Thursday April 10, 2014 - Exeter River Trail

KAY will lead the Exeter Scenic River Trail of 5 miles. We will start at Gibraltar Road and possibly hike as far as the tunnel or Forest Hills Cemetery and back. Or we could hike thru Forest Hills and road walk back to the trail. We can decide whichever when we get there. Expect to see many wildflowers in bloom this time of year. Dress for wet conditions, if it rains before hike.

MEET: 10:00 AM in the parking lot along Gibraltar Road in Exeter Township.

DIRECTIONS: Coming from Shillington on route 724, turn left onto Gibraltar Road at traffic light by Turkey Hill. Lot will be on left after crossing the Schuylkill River. Coming from route 422, turn onto W 47th Street and continue as it becomes Gibraltar Road. Parking will be on right immediately after you drive under the railroad culvert.

TELEPHONE: Kay at 610-796-7602 if you have questions.

Thursday April 3, 2014 - Robesonia

MARK will lead a hike at Robesonia on the Furnace Creek Trails. This hike of ~ 4 miles is on various terrains with hills and unusual, new trails. Wear sturdy boots or hiking shoes.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Conrad Weiser High Schools’ furthermost west parking lot off Route 422 west.

TELEPHONE: Mark 610-589-5575 with questions.

Thursday March 27, 2014 - Springton Manor

RANDY will lead the Springton Manor Farm hike around birthing time. Hopefully, we will see some newly born animals. We will hike 4 to 5 miles on trails or roads depending on the weather, snow and/or ice. Carry water, snacks if desired, poles and dress for the weather.

1st MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Dollar Store lot across from the Windmill Restaurant at Routes 23 and 10 in Morgantown.
2nd MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Springton Manor lower parking lot.

TELEPHONE: Randy 610-273-9160 with questions.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thursday March 20, 2014 - Lancaster County

HERB has planned a 5-6 mile walk in Lancaster County. This will be a road walk due to the uncertainty of the weather. We will meander on little traveled back country roads passing many Amish farmsteads and will also stop and visit the new September Cheese Farm shop. We will learn a bit of history of the Welsh Mts. and the roving bands of robbers who once lived there!

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Dollar Store lot across from the Windmill Restaurant at Routes 23 & 10 in Morgantown.

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

Thursday March 13, 2014 - Neversink

LES will lead a 5 to 6 mile hike on NEVERSINK MOUNTAIN. This hike begins at the Forest Hills Cemetery and proceeds to the top of the Cove Trail. We use a new trail to take us to a rocky outcropping with a view of the Schuylkill and beyond. Then, using another new trail to minimize a hill climb, we hike on to the Witches Hat Pavilion. From here, the hike heads to the east side of Neversink Mountain and a search for an old reservoir. There will be some bush whacking, but should not add difficulty at this time of the year. However, this is Neversink Mountain, so expect several steep hill climbs.

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

TELEPHONE: Les 610-323-1703 with questions.