What we're about

FreeWalkers.org is a non-profit social network of individuals interested in participating in long-distance walking events in the Mid-Atlantic region. Membership is free and open to everyone. We support each member's effort to reach their own goals of fitness and enjoyment as we walk together, explore our surroundings, and promote pro-pedestrian interests.

FreeWalkers has over a two thousand members and hosts about three dozen long-distance walking events each year in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York, as well as yearly events in Maryland, Delaware, New England and overseas. Most walks are supported by mass transit for easy access and return, and are between ten and fifty miles in length. Some walks are longer multi-day or shorter distance events.

Walkers are free to move at their own pace and distance. It is not necessary for a walk to be completed or timed, only enjoyed. Our walks expose members to countless locations of scenic beauty, historic importance, and pedestrian convenience, all with the benefit of social support, event organization and the opportunity to engage with interesting fellow walkers.

We are an IRS-approved 501(c)3 non-profit and your tax-free donations help us create free and low-cost walks that are interesting, challenging and open to everyone. We do encourage joining (http://freewalkers.org (http://freewalkers.org/)) and actively supporting our partners and sponsors who help make these events possible.

Why you might like to join the FreeWalkers:

• Did you ever wonder how far you could walk?

• Do you like to walk with others but at your own pace?

• Would you like to know more about the places you walk?

• Are you more interested in accomplishing personal goals than winning a race?

• Are you the type of person who can't pass up an interesting challenge or adventure?

• Have you ever longed to get out of your car and experience what a community is really like?

• Do you believe you spend nearly as many calories walking as running but over a longer period of time?

• Are you looking for a sport where social interaction is possible?

• Do you wish to embrace an exercise habit that is both easy on the body and builds endurance?

We look forward to seeing you at our next event. Walk the Walk! It's good for you, good for us and good for the greater community.

Upcoming events (5)

Grounds For Sculpture Walk

Princeton Junction Station at West Windsor

Local history, a walk in the park, tour of a mansion, and the most amazing scultural garden around. Start: Princeton Junction Station Finish: Hamilton Station Distance: 16mi Return: rail Coordinator: Charles Updike ######## # Register for free at: http://eventbrite.com/e/95381461519 ######## Transit: NJTransit train to Princetion Jct Princeton Junction to Hamilton station, with trip through the trails of Mercer County Park and dozens of public sculptural works and optional admission to Grounds for Sculpture at the end. Highlights: - Nash Park - Dutch Neck - Mercer County Park - Kuser Farm Park and Mansion - Grounds for Sculpture

Schuylkill Banks Walk

The Porch at 30th

Explore a colonial aboretum, gardens and wildlife refuge on the lower Schuylkill. Start: 30th Street Station, Phila Finish: Prospect Park Station Distance: 15mi Return: train Coordinator: Charles Updike ######## # Register for free at: http://eventbrite.com/e/95381820593 ######## Transit: Amtrak, Megabus, NJTransit AC, SEPTA with connections to NJTransit Optional endpoints: - Trolley from Bartams back to 30th St. (5mi) 30th Street to Tinicum through the Schuylkill Banks, Bartram's Garden and John Heinz Wildlife Refuge, all along the East Coast Greenway. Return by train. An interesting exploration of nature tucked into a most industrial city segment. We will get to see the lastest progress in connecting the East Coast Greenway through Philly. Highlights: - Schuylkill Banks - Bartram's Garden - John Heinz Wildlife Refuge - Tinicum Park Partners: The East Coast Greenway Alliance is a non-profit organization developing a public multi-use 3,000 mile trail from Canada to Key West through New Jersey and New York. Donations and memberships help make this dream trail a reality. Circuit Trails is 800 miles of interconnected trails in Greater Philadelphia in the making, already one of America's largest trail networks. Once connected, the Circuit Trails will be one of the nation's premier urban trail networks and it will provide multiple benefits to neighborhoods, communities and the region as a whole.

Columbia Trail Moonlight Hike

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Bob Quinlan's crowd pleaser is back on the calendar. Don't miss it! Start: High Bridge (park at the trailhead at 75 Main St) Finish: High Bridge Distance: 12mi Coordinator: TBD ######## # Register for free at: http://eventbrite.com/e/95381832629 ######## Transit: carpool Highlights: -High Bridge -Columbia Trail -Lockwood Gorge -Califon Walkers who wish to arrive early and fuel up can huddle at Scout's Coffee Bar, from which we will depart at 6:30pm. Join us for this 12-mile summer evening walk on the Columbia Trail. We start at the trailhead in High Bridge and walk 6 miles to Califon Island Park (on Bank Street, Califon) via the Columbia Trail. Anticipated arrival at Califon will be 8:30 p.m. After civil sunset, we will walk back to High Bridge in darkness. Anticipated return to High Bridge is 10:30 p.m. Bring headlamp or flashlight, water, snacks. No Parking signs after dark can be ingnored for this walk. Map: http://www.traillink.com/trail/columbia-trail.aspx

Penn to Penn Walk - Cross Jersey Challenge Walk

Newark Penn Station

Complete the Cross Jersey Challenge by walking from Newark to Manhattan. Start: Newark Penn Station Finish: NY Penn Station Distance: 20mi Return: train Coordinator: TBD ######## # Register for free at: http://eventbrite.com/e/95381840653 ######## Transit: NJTransit to Newark with return via PATH from Jersey City or NJTransit from NYC Optional endpoints: Jersey City PATH Exchange Place By special request we are offering another opportunity to cover this interesting, and challenging, section that often gets cut back even for the heartiest FreeWalker due to time restraints during the 50-mile Big Walk. If you are interested in completing the 100-mile Cross-Jersey Challenge you can use these miles for the last section. The event is FREE, open to everyone and fully supported. EVENT BASICS: Check out the Big Walk event website for more information on the event info http://nj2ny50.org Check the Google Interactive Map for latest route this year. Look only for the sections that apply from Newark to NYC. Schedule: Start - Penn Station Waiting room near police kiosk arrive 7:30-8:00 am - check in, get numbers, photo, briefing. End - Tick Tock Diner 3:00 8th & 34th or Penn Station Highlights: - Newark - Intersection hell - Jersey City - Lincoln Park - Liberty State Park - Hudson waterfront The FreeWalkers are tracking again the Cross-Jersey Walking Challenge, which sets a goal of walking the 100 miles of the East Coast Greenway across the entire State at any time during the year. This walk is part of the ECG trail from Trenton to New York City. We provide recognition of the accomplishment at the end of the year and you can subscribe at any time.Partners: The East Coast Greenway Alliance is a non-profit organization developing a public multi-use 3,000 mile trail from Canada to Key West through New Jersey and New York. Donations and memberships help make this dream trail a reality.

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