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, June 20, 2017

Thursday Jul 20, 2017 - Monocacy Hill

MARK will lead a 4 mile hike of moderate difficulty in the Monocacy Hill Recreation Area. We will hike wooded trails of this 428 acres of forest in Amity Township. These trails offer a number of elevation changes, including an option to hike to the top of the hill. We will have an opportunity to see many different species of tree. There is also a brook with a tiny waterfall. Lunch after the hike is an option.

MEET: 9:30 the eastern end of Exeter’s Walmart. GPS ADDRESS: 5900 Perkiomen Ave, Reading, PA 19606

NOTE: Inclement weather cancels this hike.

TELEPHONE: Leader: Mark 484-467-8976 with any questions.

Thursday Jul 13, 2017 - Rodale Institute

LES will lead a hike around and through the Rodale Institute, located in Maxatawny Township, on the historic Siegfried Homestead. The Rodale Institute researches innovative techniques in organic farming. There is a perimeter trail around the farm plus a walking tour through the central portion of the complex. Both of these together will probably be around 4 miles. Hikers will have the option to extend the hike with some road walking. Expect a sunny hike, if not cloudy, with moderate hills. Lunch will be optional afterwards, as usual.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Kutztown Park, 478 East Main St, Kutztown. From here, there will be a 5 mile drive to the Rodale Institute.

TELEPHONE: Leader Les 610-323-1703 with any questions.

Thursday Jul 6, 2017 - Nolde Forest

MARK will lead a hike in the Nolde Forest of 5 to 6 miles, 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 stop after hiking 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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thursday Jun 29, 2017 - Trail Magic

ELLEN and HERB have organized a “Trail-Magic” event on the AT north of Reading. It will be a picnic for all hikers on the trail that day including the Wanderers. Les will also be leading a 4-5 mile in and out hike for those interested. This event will be held rain or shine.

MEET:9:00 A.M. at Redner's Market in Leesport to carpool. It is about a 40 minute drive to the trail crossing.

TELEPHONE: Ellen at 610-301-7271c to coordinate food and drinks. Cold drinks and home baked goods are favorites! Hot dogs, hamburgers and buns will be provided. Call Herb with other questions at 484-252-9493 c.

Thursday Jun 22, 2017 - Antietam Lake

Les will lead a 5.5 to 6 mile hike through some of the recently enhanced sections of Antietam Lake Park. There are new parking lots, a new walking bridge, new and enhanced trails, repaired historical structures, and new signage. Most of the improvements are behind the lake itself, but trails above the main parking lot will be used to fill out the hike. If it is Antietam Lake, there will be hills. Lunch is an option later.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Main Antietam Lake parking lot on Angora Rd. just below the Nature Center. GPS: 300 Angora Rd, Reading, PA 19606

TELEPHONE: Leader Les 610-323-1703 with questions.

Thursday Jun 15, 2017 - Crow's Nest

GROVER will lead a 4 to 5 mile "in and out" hike in the CROW'S NEST. An area adjacent to French Creek State Park. Moderate hiking while traversing through fields and woodland trails. Dress accordingly. Lunch after hiking is optional and place to dine will be decided.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Hopewell Furnace Visitor's Center to shuttle to the Crow's Nest.

TELEPHONE: Leader Dick cell# 860-861-5681 with questions.

Thursday Jun 8, 2017 - Horseshoe Trail Work Day

MARK will be taking us through a Horseshoe Trail Clean-Up. This occurs on the section of the trail that our club periodically maintains. This section spans from Knauers to Adamstown; however, we may not cover all of it this time. Bring the usual tools required, also work gloves, water and plenty of good humor. This is a good time to give back to the community some trail maintenance. Lunch is an option later.

MEET: 9:00 A.M. @ Kenhorst Shopping Plaza, Rtes. 724 & 625, in lot next to Dairy Queen.

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