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BATONA Hiking Club of Philadelphia was founded in 1928. The name is derived from the phrase “Back To Nature,” indicating its original (and current) purpose: to enable people, who spend most of their time indoors, to experience the natural environment through hiking. Today, BATONA Hiking Club retains the same adventurous spirit of discovery and camaraderie that inspired its founders. Every weekend the club offers both long and short hikes within a reasonable driving distance of Philadelphia in state and local parks in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey. DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON ANY BATONA HIKE. For information about specific hikes, directions to trailhead, and weather advisories/cancellations, please contact hike leader listed for each scheduled hike or refer to Meetup or www.batona.wildapricot.org (http://www.batona.wildapricot.org/).

BATONA also helps to maintain segments of the Batona Trail, the Horse-Shoe Trail, and the Appalachian Trail. Trail maintenance is usually scheduled in Spring and Autumn. Work generally involves clearing brush from trails and painting blazes. All are welcome on hikes, trail maintenance activities, and other Club functions. All hikes and Club activities are listed in the schedule.

Each hike description includes the length of the hike, the location (address/GPS coordinates) of the trailhead, and a brief description of the terrain and level of difficulty. Hikers are expected to arrange their own transportation to the trailhead. Where once BATONA arranged carpool transportation to hikes, this is no longer an option. The hike leader will ALWAYS meet hikers at the meeting place, rain or shine, unless the hike description specifically states "rain cancels." Please check this meetup website or www.batona.wildapricot.org (http://www.batona.wildapricot.org/) for last minute changes due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, especially if the trailhead is at a great distance.

BATONA is a membership club with an annual dues of $3.00. This includes a three month, online schedule, with weekly reminders of upcoming hikes, trail maintenance, vacations, and other events. There is a nominal charge of $1.00 for every hike. Membership is not required to participate in our activities. BATONA attracts a diverse group of people of all ages (under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian). For detailed information about membership, please refer to http://www.batona.wildapricot.org .

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Upcoming events (4+)

DELAWARE WATER GAP, 07825

Delaware Water Gap, Old Mine Road

14 miles. Meet leader at 9:30 a.m. at Coppermine trailhead parking lot on Old Mine Road, Hartwick Township, 07825 (41°02'16.4"N 75°01'38.9"W). We will hike on a variety of trails in this National Recreation Area. There will be one steep climb of around 1,000 feet to Raccoon Ridge, walk along the ridge and to finish out the day, a pleasant walk (mostly downhill) along a small mountain stream. Bring lunch, water, and sturdy hiking boots. A face mask is required and must be worn when social distancing is difficult. RSVP required at https://www.meetup.com/Batona-Hiking-Club/ or by contacting leader. Limit 15 participants, including leader. Cost: $1.00. Leader: David Stein,[masked], [masked].

ABOUT US:
BATONA Hiking Club is more than a Meetup group. In existence since 1928, the Club welcomes a diverse group of people. Hike trails in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. Opportunities for hike leadership and skill development are available. The Club also maintains sections of the Appalachian Trail, the Batona Trail, and the Horse-Shoe Trail. Dogs are not allowed on any hikes. Club membership is $3.00 annually. To become a BATONA member please visit www.batona.wildapricot.org.

VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, 19087

500 Chesterbrook Blvd

10-12 miles. Since parking can be difficult in VF, please meet at 8:30 a.m. at Chesterbrook Village Shopping Center, 500 Chesterbrook Blvd., Wayne. We will go into VF from there. Park at the end of the center where HG Coal Fired Pizza and Subway are located. We will hike Mount Misery and Mount Joy, both of which have some moderate climbs and do some field work through the parade grounds. A face mask is required and must be worn when social distancing is difficult. RSVP required at https://www.meetup.com/Batona-Hiking-Club/ or by contacting leader. Limit 15 participants, including leader. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $1.00. Leader: Natalie Kostelni,[masked], [masked].

ABOUT US:
BATONA Hiking Club is more than a Meetup group. In existence since 1928, the Club welcomes a diverse group of people. Hike trails in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. Opportunities for hike leadership and skill development are available. The Club also maintains sections of the Appalachian Trail, the Batona Trail, and the Horse-Shoe Trail. Dogs are not allowed on any hikes. Club membership is $3.00 annually. To become a BATONA member please visit www.batona.wildapricot.org.

NEW DATE! TREXLER NATURE PRESERVE, 18078

Trexler Nature Preserve

12 – 15 miles. Meet at 9:00 AM in the parking lot for 4935 Orchard Rd., Schnecksville, PA 18078 [masked], [masked]). An easy to moderate hike around the border and inner loops with ongoing elevation changes. Enjoy the rolling hills, a stream crossing and panoramic views. There is a chance at seeing elk. Sunscreen and hiking boots recommended. Hiking poles suggested. A face mask is required when social distancing is difficult. RSVP required at https://www.meetup.com/Batona-Hiking-Club/ or by contacting leader. Bring 2 liters of water plus lunch and snacks for peak energy. Cost: $1.00. Leader: Denise Shamro,[masked], [masked].

ABOUT US:
BATONA Hiking Club is more than a Meetup group. In existence since 1928, the Club welcomes a diverse group of people. Hike trails in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. Opportunities for hike leadership and skill development are available. The Club also maintains sections of the Appalachian Trail, the Batona Trail, and the Horse-Shoe Trail. Dogs are not allowed on any hikes. Club membership is $3.00 annually. To become a BATONA member please visit www.batona.wildapricot.org.

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BEAR CREEK PRESERVE, 18602

Rabbit Run Lane

13 miles. Meet at 9:00 a.m. in parking lot at 47 Rabbit Run Lane, Bear Creek, PA 18602. A moderate hike with varied terrain and Spring foliage, two waterfall views, several bridge crossings, and a scenic and shady trail along Shades Creek. There is no significant elevation gain. Be alert to the possibility of black bears and rattlesnakes that call this preserve home. A face mask is required and must be worn when social distancing is difficult. RSVP required at https://www.meetup.com/Batona-HikingClub/ or by contacting leader. Hiking boots recommended. Hiking poles suggested. Bring 2 liters of water plus lunch and snacks to stay energized. There will be two breaks throughout the day for brunch/lunch. Cost: $1.00. Leader: Denise Shamro,[masked], [masked].

ABOUT US:
BATONA Hiking Club is more than a Meetup group. In existence since 1928, the Club welcomes a diverse group of people. Hike trails in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. Opportunities for hike leadership and skill development are available. The Club also maintains sections of the Appalachian Trail, the Batona Trail, and the Horse-Shoe Trail. Dogs are not allowed on any hikes. Club membership is $3.00 annually. To become a BATONA member please visit www.batona.wildapricot.org.

Past events (637)

SPRINGFIELD & SWARTHMORE TRAILS, 19063

Paper Mill Trolley Stop

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