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

Friday, February 20, 2015

Thursday March 26, 2015 - Shoemakersville

GERRY & WILLIE will lead a 6 mile road walk in the countryside of Shoemakersville and Perry Township. There are rolling hills and pleasant views. The farmer allows walkers to cross the field for FREE, but the bull CHARGES, so we will stick to road walking!! Dress for the weather; carry water and snack, if desired. There will be an optional lunch stop after the hike.

MEET: 10:00 A.M. @ Kuzan’s Hardware Store along Route 61, located past the Jct. of 61 & 662 on the right side travelling north. Park on far left of store in rear parking lot.

TELEPHONE: Gerry or Willie 610-678-5245, if questionable.

Thursday March 19, 2015 - Struble Lake Area

JOHN & HERB have planned a 5-6 mile road hike in the Strubble Lake/St. Mary's area south of Elverson. We will visit Strubble Lake and make a brief stop at a working fish hatchery. We will walk by the restored Laungoma Mansion. This historic area has many old stone houses, barns and mills. It was once a part of the iron industry that once thrived here. This is a moderate walk with some hills and no rocks! Lunch afterwards is an option.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Livingood Park on Route 82 south near Elverson.

TELEPHONE: John 610-322-9670 or Herb 610-286-6886 with questions

Thursday March 12, 2015 - Blue Marsh

MARGARET will lead a 4 – 5 mile hike in the Blue Marsh area. We will hike the Skinner’s Loop Trail with views of the scenic lake and could possibly get to view the Eagle’s Nest, as well. Dress for the weather and wear good hiking shoes, carry water, as usual and enjoy the day. A lunch stop after the hike is an option.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Church Road parking area of Blue Marsh off Route 183.

TELEPHONE: Margaret at 610-779-8393 with questions.

Thursday March 5, 2015 - Shartlesville Roads

ANN will lead a ~ 5 mile hike in the Shartlesville Area. This mostly road hike will be along the Northkill Creek at the base of the Blue Mountains. Enjoy the walk and an optional late lunch at the Blue Mountain Family Restaurant later.

MEET: 11:30 A.M. @ Blue Mt. Family Restaurant west end of the Parking lot.

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Thursday February 26, 2015 - Mohnton & Green Hills Nature Preserve

KAY & KATHY will lead a two part 5.8 mile hike.
FIRST PART: Enjoy hiking thru lovely back roads with a few small hills and farm lands of MOHNTON for a distance of 4.2 miles (clocked by car).
SECOND PART: Enjoy a beautiful 1.6 mile walk thru woods and corn fields of Green Hills Nature Preserve. Green Hills is one of the newest Preserves of The National Land Trust (www.natlands.org). Dress appropriately for conditions and consider blaze orange for road walking and hunting.

MEET: 9:30 A.M. @ Rear of Dairy Queen in Kenhorst Shopping Plaza, Jct. 625 & 724 to car pool to site.

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

Thursday February 19, 2015 - Birdsboro Watershed

JODY will lead a 4-5 mile hike in the Birdsboro Watershed, beginning at the parking lot on Hay Creek Road that is across from the old White Bear Inn. We will walk on a woods trail along the northwest side of the creek to the old quarry and the climbing wall which soars above it. We will not be climbing the wall itself but walking on a level trail on a wide ledge next to the rock face. If there has been precipitation followed by freezing and then milder temperatures, we should see magnificent stalactites of ice. We will then walk down to the quarry lake via a wide paved road to view the lake and wall from the bottom. If the trail is icy, we will walk along the road to get to the quarry. This hike is mainly on flat ground.

MEET at 10:00 A.M. at the White Bear Inn parking lot. Parking is limited so please carpool.

TELEPHONE: Jody at 610-286-8913 with any questions.

Thursday February 12, 2015 - Crow's Nest

JOHN and HERB have mapped a 5-6 mile winter hike in the other part of Crow's Nest Nature Preserve. We will walk on the Horse Shoe Trail and side trails passing stone quarries, historic homesteads and old rail beds. A stop at the visitors centre to warm up is planned. Expect some up and downs and rocks. If the weather is questionable call John or Herb. Lunch afterwards is an option.

MEET: 9:30 AM @ the Hopewell Visitors Centre off of Route 345. We will be shuttling to a game land parking lot.

TELEPHONE: John at 610-322-9670 or Herb at 610-286-6886 with questions.