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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. For information about specific hikes, directions to trail head, and weather advisories/cancellations, please contact hike leader listed for each scheduled hike or refer to the Meetup or wildapricot websites.

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. Please be aware that DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON ANY BATONA HIKE.

Each hike description includes a meeting place, listed below. If hikers are interested in carpooling from the meeting place to the trail head, there is a shared expense given to the driver which includes $0.10 per mile, round trip, plus tolls. The hike leader will ALWAYS meet hikers at the meeting place, rain or shine, unless the hike description specifically states "rain cancels."

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 the BATONA website: http://www.batona.wildapricot.org .

Please join us for a beautiful hike in the woods.

KEY TO MEETING PLACES
PHILADELPHIA
● B & A = Broad and Arch Streets in front of McDonald’s, 19102
● F & B = Frankford Avenue and Bridge Street (Walgreens parking lot) 19124
● G & R = Germantown & Rex Avenues, Philadelphia, PA 19118
● 69th St. = 69th Street Terminal, 69th and Market Streets, Upper Darby, PA 19082
● Fern Rock = Station parking lot access is off 11th St. between Grange and Nedro, 19141. If taking subway, do not exit to Nedro Ave from the station. Go directly to parking lot to meet leader.

SUBURBS
● 309 Cinema = AMC 309 Cinema 9, 1210 Bethlehem Pike, North Wales, PA 19454 (N-W corner of Routes 309 and 63, in parking lot in front of theater)
● K of P (King of Prussia) = 211 Mall Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406 (park at the far end of Fox and Hound Restaurant)
● Ply. Mtg. = Macy’s parking lot at south end of Plymouth Meeting Mall, off Germantown Avenue, 19462
● Red Lion = Red Lion Diner, Routes 70 and 206, Southampton Township, NJ 08088 (meet in parking lot on west side of diner)
● Warrington = 650 Easton Road (Route 611) Warrington, PA 18976 (park in 1st row of Home Depot parking lot overlooking Wendy's)

● Macy's at Springfield Mall = 1250 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, PA 19064 (park in front of Macy's close to and facing Baltimore Pike)

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CANCELED - PINE BARRENS LOOP FROM BATSTO, NJ 08037

Batsto Village (Wharton State Forest)

THIS HIKE HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO FORECAST FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER. 12 miles. Join us for a loop hike on the Batona and Mullica River trails out of Batsto. We'll keep a good pace as we hike along the Batona Trail to Quaker Bridge, have lunch, and return via the lovely Mullica River trail. An ankle-deep water crossing is likely near the end. So, enjoy some green trees, quiet creeks, and easy fast-paced walking in this winter wilderness. We may alter the route if there is significant snow. Foul weather cancels the trip. This is a long hike while the days are short, so be prepared. An optional dinner in nearby Hammonton is also possible. Meet at 9:00 AM at Batsto Village [masked], [masked]). Meeting point for carpooling: Media, 101 Trolley at Orange Street, 7:30 AM (which departs 69th street at 7:00 AM). Contact the leader by 8:00 PM on Saturday, January 19 if you want to meet in Media. Cost: $1.00. Leader: Gary Sawyer, (C)[masked], [masked]. Leader does not monitor Meetup site so please contact him directly. 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. Most hikes are accessible via public transportation and carpool ($0.10/mile plus tolls) to and from trail heads. 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, 19481

Lower parking lot of Valley Forge National Historical Park, behind Visitors Center

14 miles. Depart G & R at 8:15 AM (15 miles to trailhead) or meet at 8:45 AM at the Valley Forge Visitor Center lower parking lot [masked], [masked]). Come join us on a jaunt through this historical area. Hike on a variety of trails; deep woods, open meadows and sweeping vistas. Bring lunch and water. Cost: $1.00. Leaders: Mike Hughes,[masked], [masked] and Abbie Wysor,[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. Most hikes are accessible via public transportation and carpool ($0.10/mile plus tolls) to and from trail heads. 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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HAVERFORD RESERVE, 19041

Haverford Community Recreation & Environmental Center

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