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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 (5)

APPALACHIAN TRAIL MAINTENANCE

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SUN, NOV 1. Strenuous trail work on AT. We will be meeting at 8:30 am at the Wind Gap parking lot. Bring work gloves and sturdy boots. We are going to widen the trail for another 250 feet. Expect to work until 4pm. Tools will be provided. Any questions call Mike Hughes at[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 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.

FAIR HILL NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AREA, 21921

Fair Hill NRMA Orange Trail

15 miles. Meet at Lot 1, 4646 Telegraph Road, Elkton, MD [masked],[masked]) at 9:00 a.m. A $5.00/car day-use parking fee is charged. We will loop through woods and fields, hike along streams and down carriage roads through this beautiful, preserved countryside. We should still be enjoying colorful fall leaves. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Boots recommended. Some water crossings. 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 10 participants, including leaders. Cost: $1.00. Co-leaders: Abbie Wysor,[masked], [masked]; 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 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.

PENNYPACK - LORIMER PARKS, 19152

PENNYPACK - LORIMER PARKS, 19152

SUN NOV 15 – PENNYPACK - LORIMER PARKS, 19152. 10-12 miles. Depart from Benton Avenue just NW of Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia [masked], [masked]) at 9:45 AM. Hike trails on both sides of the creek in these pretty urban parks. The parks are home to and visited by more than 100 species of birds. Bring lunch and water. Lunch will be at the picnic grove in Lorimer Park (picnic tables and restrooms.) A face mask is required and must be used when social distancing is difficult. Additional Montgomery County social distancing requirements apply in the picnic area. RSVP required at https://www.meetup.com/Batona-Hiking-Club/ or by contacting leader. Limit 10 participants, including leader. Cost: $1.00. Leader: Barry Shapiro,[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 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.

THANKSGIVING DAY HIKE, 19803

Smith Bridge Picnic Area

THURS NOV 26 – THANKSGIVING DAY HIKE, 19803. 25 miles +/- Meet at 7:30 AM at Smith Bridge Picnic Area Parking [masked], [masked]) in the First State National Monument adjacent to the Brandywine Creek. This is a Special COVID loop edition covering a respectable portion of BATONA’s traditional hike, with no public transportation required. We will be hiking along trails, roads, fields, and forests. On this traditional Thanksgiving Day hike, we will also see the Brandywine Creek, First State National Monument, Alapocas Woods and the DuPont Estates. Due to the length of this hike, it is considered to be fast paced and strenuous. If you have questions, consult with leader before attempting this hike. Bring lunch, water, snacks. A face mask is required and must be worn when social distancing is difficult. Cost: $1.00 Leaders: Val Korszniak,[masked]; Pieter Kreyns. 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 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 (544)

CHESLEN LONG HIKE, 19320

ChesLen Preserve Parking

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