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.
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.
Philadelphia Hiking Meetup Group
The Philadelphia Hiking Meetup Group has over 2,400 members. The hikes are in or near the city of Philadelphia and are suited for mild to moderate skill levels. The hikes often include historical info as Philadelphia has a rich history.
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