Berks County, Pennsylvania offers a wide range of hiking possibilities for seniors of all skill and fitness levels. The Blue Mountains and Appalachian Trail offer easy hiking treks on a variety of terrain, taking you through farmland, by lakes and up rocky, mountain trails. There are many senior hiking groups in the area that meet weekly to hike or do other fun, social activities.
Berks Community Hiking Club
The Berks Community Hiking Club was formed in the early 1920s. It offers weekly hikes that range from easy walks to strenuous mountain treks. Yearly membership is $5 per person. The club also has many focus groups within it, allowing senior hikers to pick and choose which group fits their specific fitness level or interest. A few groups that suit senior hikers are Thursday Wanderers, Half-Booters and Berks Community Strollers.
For more information about the club as well as how to become a member, you need simply to attend a scheduled hike. For a schedule of hikes visit the club blog at berkshiker.blogspot.com.
Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club
Formed in 1916 by Dr. Harry Rentschler, the Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club has a long history with the Appalachian Trail. In 1926, planners of the trail asked the club if they would build 102 miles of trail along the top of the mountain from the Lehigh River to the Susquehanna River. Along with building the trails the club also incorporated rest stops, monuments and cabins for hikers to enjoy along the way. Today, the club helps to maintain over 64 miles of Appalachian Trials located in Berks, Schuykill and Lehigh Counties.
Seniors will be pleased to find that a plethora of easy hikes over a variety of terrain are offered, making them different, fun and interesting each time. The club also offers backpacking, biking, cross-country skiing and canoeing for all skill and fitness levels. All hikers are welcome to join, requiring a yearly membership fee of $12 for individuals, $15 for family, $3 for Juniors (under 17 years old) or a one time fee of $300 for a lifetime membership.
Meetup.com is a website that contains a list of groups in your town or city, making it easy for you to find a senior hiking group with your same interests or goals. One senior friendly hiking group listed is The No League Needed Berks Edition. This group is a Berks County centered club ideal for seniors who are looking to participate a variety of activities. The main focus is on getting up and out of the house, getting exercise and most importantly having fun. Open to anyone 18 years and older, the group meets up for hikes, tennis, volleyball, bike rides and camping. For more information visit the group online at www.meetup.com/No-League-Needed-Berks-Edition.
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