Upcoming and Recent Hikes

Our chapter leads monthly hikes on the North Country Trail, from McConnell’s Mill State Park to Trailtown Parker, PA.
Most hikes are 5-7 miles in length and some involve a car shuttle.
Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks.
Here are hike announcements and descriptions.

Our chapter February, 2017 hike will be at the Washington Trail 1753 and Cherry Pie Hikes


Saturday February 25, 2017 8:30am – 2:00pm
Jennings Environmental Education Center
Junction of Routes 8 and 528

Pick your favorite winter hike and enjoy free cherry pie.

History hikes start every half hour 9:30 to 12:30.

Guided nature walks start at 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm.

North Country Trail Hike starts at 9:00am under the
528 bridge with optional return shuttles from Jennings.

Event is free, although a $2 per person donation will be
encouraged for participation in the guided hikes/walks.

You must pre-register for all events at the dcnr website
http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/jennings_environmental_education_center/calendar/month/2017/2

Our January chapter hike will be combined with trail affiliate Butler Outdoor Club and Moraine State Park’s First Day Hike.
Sunday, January 1, 2017 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Bike Rental Parking Lot, North Shore Moraine State Park – Start the year out right with a hike on the North Country Trail in Moraine State Park! Join the folks from the Butler Outdoor Club, starting at the bike rental lot (157 North Shore Drive, Portersville, 16051) and hiking southwest on the NCT. Some points of interest will be the new bridge over Muddy Creek, the Lake Arthur dam, and the trail under route 422. There will be several opportunities to turn back and make a shorter hike; hikers can opt to walk from 1 up to 6 miles on moderate terrain. Dress for the weather, sturdy shoes or boots, bring your own water and snacks. Take part in a statewide hiking tradition!

Our chapter February, 2016 hike will be at the Washington Trail 1753 and Cherry Pie Hikes

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Map of January, 2016 monthly hike from Rt528 Trailhead to Old Stone House

Jan 2016 Hike Map

Jan 10 – Butler NCTA Chapter Hike from the 528 trailhead to the Old Stone House – 6 miles – Meet 1pm at Jennings Parking Area (not prairie) will leave several cars at Jennings for a return shuttle, then carpool to 528 trailhead and hike back to the Old Stone House and Jennings. Bring water and snacks, dress for weather Forecast is for 40 deg. Dave Adams

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Steve Smith, Randy Feehan, Mike Ciccone and Dave Adams set forth on Sunday Jan 10 at 1:00pm on a Butler NCT Chapter hike 5 miles along the North Country Trail.
Ron Rice met us at Jennings and shuttled us down to the 528 Trailhead as fine powdery snow began to coat everything.
The wind blew the snow horizontal at times, coating the sides of the trees and the flakes grew larger as we hiked north back to Jennings. But neither snow, nor occasional muddy spots in the trail deterred us from having fun as we hiked along and several hours later we were back at the Jennings trailhead.

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First Day Hike Jan 1, 2016

Mild weather greeted the 118 folks who came out for the First Day Hike sponsored by the BOC and Moraine State Park from the Bike Rental Parking Area along the North Country Trail to Burnside Rd and back for a total of 7 miles. A good start on the NCT 100 mile challenge

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Map of December, 2015 monthly hike from 528 Bridge Loop Hike

Sunday Dec 20 – Butler Chapter monthly hike – Meet 1:00pm at the Moraine State Park parking area under the 528 bridge for a loop hike along the lake to the NCT, then along the NCT to a connector trail back to 528. Bring water, snacks, dress for weather. – Dave Adams

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Fourteen hikers gathered on a cold breezy day at the 528 bridge trailhead and about half hiked North along the connector trial up to the North Country Trail, then West dropping down to the lake. Some hikers elected to continue hiking over to the Davis Hollow Cabin and back the rest hiked East on the connector trail along Lake Arthur returning to the 528 Bridge.

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