Getting Out And About

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
(210) 659-2112
[email protected]
www.ava.org
The AVA has a network of about 300 clubs and more than 3,000 events per year.

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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240
www.nps.gov
Order park brochures or find out how to contact specific national parks.

U.S. FOREST SERVICE
Sidney R. Yates Federal Building
201 14th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
(800) 832-1355
www.fs.fed.us
website offers links to information on forests and grasslands across the United States.

AMERICAN HIKING SOCIETY
8605 Second Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-6704
www.americanhiking.org
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
10 City Square, Boston, MA 02129
(617) 523-0655
www.outdoors.org
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is America’s oldest conservation and recreation organization. There are 12 regional chapters in the Northeast.

SIERRA CLUB
85 Second Street, Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 977-5500
www.sierraclub.org
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
(916) 285-1846
www.pcta.org
The Association manages and operates the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail in California, Oregon, and Washington.

AMERICAN DISCOVERY TRAIL
PO Box 1514
Front Royal, VA 22630-0032
(800) 663-2387
www.discoverytrail.org
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.

RAILS-TO-TRAILS CONSERVANCY
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Court, NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037
(866.) 202-9788
https://www.railstotrails.org
A not-for-profit organization that can help you locate a rail-trail in your area.

EAST COAST GREENWAY ALLIANCE
5826 Fayetteville Road, Suite 210
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 797-0619
[email protected]
www.greenway.org
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
[email protected]
(212) 620-5660
http://www.pps.org/parks/the-urban-parks-institute/
Find out about activities at your local park.

Bird watching

NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
(844) 428-3826
www.audubon.org
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
P.O. Box 744
Delaware City, DE 19706
(302) 838-3660
(800) 850-2473
[email protected]
www.americanbirding.org
The Association offers workshops and endorses reputable bird-watching travel groups.

Active fund-raising events

HEART WALK
American Heart Association
National Center
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX 75231
(800) AHA-USA-1 (242-8721)
[email protected]
www.heart.org
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
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22202
(800) DIABETES (342-2383)
www.diabetes.org/tourdecure
Walk or bike to raise money to support diabetes research.

Active vacations

BACKROADS
801 Cedar Street
Berkeley, CA 94710-1800
(510) 527-1555
(800) GO-ACTIVE (462-2848)
www.backroads.com
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.

AUSTIN ADVENTURES
P.O. Box 81025
Billings, MT 59108-1025
(800) 575-1540
www.austinadventures.com
Arranges hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, skiing, rafting, and climbing vacations all over North America.

WALKING TOURS IN THE AMERICAS

http://walking.about.com/cs/toursamericas
A list of hyperlinks to walking tours and treks (mainly in the United States and Canada) from About.com.

COASTWALK
555 S. Main Street Suite 1
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-6689
[email protected]
www.coastwalk.org
Offers year-round opportunities to hike along the California coast for a day or up to a week.

TIMBERLINE ADVENTURES
505 Stacy Court #F
Lafayette, CO 80026
(303) 664-8388
(800) 417-2453
[email protected]
www.timbertours.com
On- and off-road bicycling and hiking adventure vacations in the western United States and Canada.

WONDER WALKS
2619 Monkton Road
Bristol, VT 05443
(802) 453-2076
(877) 897-7175
[email protected]
www.wonderwalk.com
Guided walking and hiking tours in the United States.

ADULT CAMPS

www.grownupcamps.com
GrownUpCamps.com is a comprehensive directory of adult camps and recreational experiences, with listings for over 5,000 national and international programs.