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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. = Meet in parking lot at north end of Plymouth Meeting Mall, off Germantown Pike, 19462, near SEPTA Transit Center
● 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)

Upcoming events (5+)

RANCOCAS STATE PARK, 08060

Rancocas Nature Center

8 miles. Hike through Rancocas State Park and nature area. Meet at 10:30 AM at Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas-Mt Holly Rd, Westampton, NJ 08060. This is a diverse landscape - small hills, meadows, dark thick forest, and marshy areas. Hiking poles can be useful. Bring water and lunch. Cost $1.00. Anyone needing transportation should contact Peter Kelly by Thursday, May 30th. We can pick you up at the PATCO Woodcrest station. Hike status updates will be posted on Meetup. Call leader directly if necessary. Leaders: Heidi and Peter Kelly,[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.

LEHIGH GAP NATURE CENTER, 18080

Lehigh Gap Nature Center

12+ mile challenging ascent on rocky footing to hike the ridge on the Appalachian Trail, climb over a mile of boulders with 360° views at the top, and switchback down the mountain with panoramic vistas along the way. Elevation gain of 1869 feet. Depart G & R at 8:00 AM (60 miles to the trailhead) or meet at 9:30 AM at Lehigh Gap Nature Center, 8844 Paint Mill Rd, Slatington, PA 18080. If meeting at the Nature Center, hikers MUST contact Leader to confirm. Hiking boots recommended. Hiking poles suggested. Bring 2 liters of water plus lunch and snacks to stay energized. Cost: $1.00. If carpooling please share driving expenses, $0.10 per mile plus tolls round trip. Leader: Denise Shamro, (C)[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.

BATONA ANNUAL HIKE AND PICNIC, 18966

1700 Meadow Rd

4 miles. Hike starts at 10:00 AM from 1700 Meadow Road, Southampton, PA; picnic starts at 1:00 PM at same location. There will be a short hike on neighborhood trails and then on to the picnic with plenty of good food and socializing. Cost: $10.00. RSVP by Fri, 6/7/19. Send check c/o BATONA to Michael Alper, 303 Atwood Road, Erdenheim, PA 19038. Leaders: Michael Alper,[masked], [masked]; Joan Finger,[masked], [masked]; Sam Notgarnie. 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.

MANAYUNK STEPS EVENING HIKE, 19126

Wissahickon Station

5 miles. Depart 7:00 PM from Wissahickon Station parking lot, 5017 Ridge Avenue [masked], [masked]). Come out and do the "ups" and "downs" of Manayunk on many sets of steps. At the finish, anyone wanting to stop for some liquid refreshment is welcome. This is a moonlight hike, but don't count on a lot of natural light. It is essential to bring your own flashlight. Cost: $1.00. Leader: Mike Hughes,[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.

Past events (473)

TYLER ARBORETUM, 19063

515 Painter Rd

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