8-9 miles. For those using public transportation, take SEPTA Paoli-Thorndale rail line to Villanova Train Station. Meet leader at this stop at 9:20 AM (50 miles to trailhead). You will need to call or email the hike leader before 8:45 AM if you want to meet at the train station. For those planning to drive directly to the trail head, meet at the Saw Mill parking lot at 2910 New Holland Road (Route 625), Reading, PA at 10:45 AM. Nolde State Forest encompasses 666 acres of deciduous woodlands and coniferous plantations. A network of trails, hills, streams, ponds, and mature woodlands make for a beautiful fall day. . **If the weather forecast is unfavorable, please call leader or check the Batona Meetup site to confirm if hike will take place before driving to the trailhead. Cost: $1.00. Leaders: Ed Schellhase, Marina Gresham, Cell:[masked], [masked].
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.