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

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Thursday January 29,2015 - Douglass Township

This hike, primarily on roads through Douglass Township, Berks County, begins in Ironstone Park. Here you can view an old time trestle bridge still used by the Colebrookdale Railroad. The hike begins along the Ironstone Creek and follows rural roads, occasionally reencountering the Ironstone Creek. Ultimately, as we approach Route 100, we depart the roadway and walk back a farm lane to the Fritz Burying Ground, a historic colonial era graveyard restored by Douglass Township. The return to the starting point mostly repeats the same roads. If roads are unsuited for walking, a fallback hike on the Schuylkill River Trail is likely. Lunch is optional afterwards.

MEET: 9:30 AM @ Redner's in Douglassville, Routes 422W and 662 for a 6 mile ride to the starting location.

LEADER: Les 610-323-1703 if any questions.

Thursday January 22, 2015 - Enola Low Grade Rail Trail

KAY & KATHY want you to enjoy a walk along the Susquehanna River. Hike on the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail located in Manor Township, Lancaster County. This entire length of trail is gravel rail trail and is alongside the Susquehanna River, so please dress appropriately for the weather and terrain. We will walk approximately three miles downstream to see a waterfall and three miles back upstream for a total six mile hike. Lunch afterwards is optional.

MEET: 9:00 AM. @ Ollie’s on Lancaster Pike in Shillington (GPS: 2251 Lancaster Pike, Shillington, PA). ROUTE: Takes 45 minutes and is 41 miles to destination (GPS: 2459 River Road, Washington Borough, PA).

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

Thursday January 15, 2015 - Neversink

LES will lead a hike of close to 5.5 miles on Neversink Mountain. The hike begins with a climb of the Cove Trail which will be taken to its end at a rocky overlook above the Schuylkill. We return, then cut across to the north side of Neversink where a stop will be made at the McIlvain Pavilion. The hike continues with a partial loop around the east side of Neversink before returning via the Glen Trail. Lunch is optional afterwards.

MEET: 10 AM at the pond in Forest Hills Memorial Park

TELEPHONE: Les 610-323-1703 with questions.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Thursday January 8, 2015 - Shillington Vicinity

“YOU” will lead a hike not to exceed 6 miles, somewhere in the vicinity. “YOU” will be chosen by the attending group’s unanimous decision. Then, the chosen leader will determine the trails in the area to be hiked and the approximate miles. Dress appropriately, wear sturdy shoes or boots and carry water.

MEET: 9:00 A.M. @ Ollie’s on Lancaster Pike in Shillington (GPS: 2251 Lancaster Pike,Shillington, PA).

TELEPHONE: Kay 610-796-7602 with questions.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Thursday December 18, 2014 - Blue Marsh

Kathy and Kay will lead a shuttle hike at Blue Marsh. This trek will begin near mile marker 24 and continue to mile marker 19 on the main hiking trail. The quest will begin at Mt Pleasant Road and continue to route 183 near the 19 mile marker for a total of 5.5 miles. Please call ahead if weather is bad. TERRAIN: A few small hills mostly thru fields and wooded areas. Some areas may be muddy along creek banks. Call if weather is questionable.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. on the left side of route 183 half between Sheidy Boat Ramp and North Heidelberg Road and shuttle to Mt Pleasant Road. This should be an easy shuttle. For people who have the map of Blue Marsh, the parking area is near mile marker 19.

DIRECTIONS: Coming from Reading: go past Old Church Road on the left and continue about one mile past Sheidy Boat Ramp also on the left. Pull in very large parking area on left. Look for good spot to pull in, where it’s not bumpy and muddy. Also be careful of route 183 traffic when turning in. If you get to North Heidelberg Road, turn around you went too far. Coming from Bernville: go past North Heidelberg Road and look for very large parking area on right. Pull in without hitting muddy or rutty spots on lot.

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

Thursday December 11, 2014 - Union Canal

GROVER will lead a 6 mile hike on the Union Canal Towpath. This is a moderate, scenic walk along the Tulpehocken Creek. We will shuttle to the Stilling Basin parking area and hike to Gring’s Mill parking area.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Gring’s Mill parking area for a shuttle to our start point.

TELEPHONE: GROVER at 860-861-5681 cell with any questions.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thursday December 4, 2014 - Hibernia Park

HERB will lead a moderate 5-6 mile walk at Hibernia County Park. We will walk on trails around the lake and along the Brandywine River. We will see parts of the park most of us have not seen before. The views of the lake should be good with the leaves down. If the weather is inclement, check with Herb. Lunch after the hike is an option.

MEET: 9:30 AM @ the parking lot across from the Windmill Restaurant, by the Dollar Store off of Route 10 in Morgantown.

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