One or more of the following organizations may have just the activity or information you need to explore new territory and stay active.
WALKING AND HIKING
AMERICAN VOLKSSPORT ASSOCIATION
1001 Pat Booker Road, Suite 101
Universal City, TX 78148
The AVA has a network of about 300 clubs and more than 3,000 events per year.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240
Order park brochures or find out how to contact specific national parks.
U.S. FOREST SERVICE
Web site offers links to information on forests and grasslands across the United States.
AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY
1422 Fenwick Lane
Silver Spring, MD 20910
The American Hiking Society (AHS) is a network of hiking organizations in the United States working to protect footpaths, trail lands, and the hiking experience. You can find a local hiking club though the AHS.
APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN CLUB
5 Joy Street
Boston, MA 02108
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization. There are 12 regional chapters in the Northeast.
85 Second Street, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
In addition to their advocacy for the environment, the Sierra Club and its chapters sponsor local, national, and international wilderness trips.
PACIFIC CREST TRAIL ASSOCIATION
1331 Garden Highway
Sacramento, CA 95833
The Association manages and operates the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail in California, Oregon, and Washington.
AMERICAN DISCOVERY TRAIL
P.O. Box 20155
Washington, DC 20041-2155
The American Discovery Trail stretches from Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California. It is 6,300 miles of continuous, multi-use, off-road trail (wherever possible and feasible) across the United States for nonmotorized users.
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Court, NW
Washington, DC 20037
A not-for-profit organization that can help you locate a rail-trail in your area.
EAST COAST GREENWAY ALLIANCE
5315 Highgate Drive, Suite 105
Durham, NC 27713
The Greenway will be a 2,600-mile, traffic-free path for nonmotorized use, linking East Coast cities from Maine to Florida. Launched in 1991, the East Coast Greenway trail has been established with more than one fourth in traffic-free off-road routes as of 2011.
THE URBAN PARKS INSTITUTE AT PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES
419 Lafayette Street, Seventh Floor
New York, NY 10003
Find out about activities at your local park.
NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
As part of its mission to conserve and protect natural areas, the Society and its local chapters sponsor camps and hikes to bird-watch.
AMERICAN BIRDING ASSOCIATION
1618 W Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80904
The Association offers workshops and endorses reputable bird-watching travel groups.
ACTIVE FUND-RAISING EVENTS
American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
(800) AHA-USA-1 (242-8721)
A noncompetitive fund-raiser held in cities around the United States. Most walks are less than 5 miles.
RED RIDERS AND TOUR DE CURE
American Diabetes Association
1701 North Beauregard Street
Alexandria, VA 22311
(800) DIABETES (342-2383)
Walk or bike to raise money to support diabetes research.
801 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94710-1800
(800) GO-ACTIVE (462-2848)
Backroads specializes in arranging group vacations involving road and mountain biking, walking, hiking, rafting, snorkeling, sea kayaking, and canoeing in all regions of the United States and internationally.
P.O. Box 81025
Billings, MT 59108-1025
Arranges hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, skiing, rafting, and climbing vacations all over North America.
GORP (GREAT OUTDOOR RECREATION PAGES)
Boulder Customer Care Center
P.O. Box 1486
Boulder, CO 80306
(877) 440-GORP (440-4677)
GORP is an active travel planner with more than 100,000 pages of content on their Web site. Activities covered on the site include city weekend excursions, hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, bird-watching, in-line skating, water sports, snowshoeing, wildlife tours, climbing, caving, and more. You can also call to speak with a travel counselor.
WALKING TOURS IN THE AMERICAS
A list of hyperlinks to walking tours and treks (mainly in the United States and Canada) from About.com.
555 S. Main Street Suite 1
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Offers year-round opportunities to hike along the California coast for a day or up to a week.
P.O. Box 975
Carmel, CA 93921
Two-hour guided walking tours of Carmel-by-the-Sea, including the homes and haunts of famous artists, writers, and movie stars.
505 Stacy Court #F
Lafayette, CO 80026
On- and off-road bicycling and hiking adventure vacations in the western United States and Canada.
GrownUpCamps.com is a comprehensive directory of adult camps and recreational experiences, with listings for over 5,000 national and international programs.