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FreeWalkers.org is a social network dedicated to exploring life on foot. We encourage everyone to walk but are most known for our longer distance walking events. Our group membership is free and open to everyone and most events are free too. We encourage each member to accomplish challenging goals as we work together, experience, and promote pro-pedestrian issues.

We are an IRS-approved 501(c)3 non-profit. We appreciate your tax-free donations to us which helps us create low-cost interesting and challenging walks open to everyone.

Started in 2010, we now have over 2,000 members and organize dozens of walks each year throughout the Northeast and overseas. We do encourage joining ( 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?

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 and/or adventure?

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

Do you ever wish you could get out of your car and see 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?

Are you looking for an alternative exercise routine that's both easy on the body and builds endurance?

If you agree with even a few of the above questions you might want to join us for one of our many events. Each event is carefully planned, uses mass transportation where possible for entry/exit points, has scheduled stops along the way, costs nothing, and recognizes the importance of each individual's effort regardless of how many miles they accomplish.

Whether you are a participant, sponsor or partner we welcome you to the FreeWalkers and look forward to walking with you. Walk the Walk! It's good for you, good for us and good for the greater community.

Upcoming events (2)

The TRAINing Walk (Morristown to Maplewood 14-mile walk and party)

The TRAINing Walk: Morristown to Maplewood NYC Train arrives in Morristown at 8:28. Walk two blocks to Panera's in the shopping center. Ring in 2019 with FreeWalkers by taking on this 14-mile walk (or less) through the historic towns of Morristown, Madison, Chatham, Summit, Short Hills, Millburn and Maplewood, finishing this year at St James's Gate in Maplewood. This walk is perfect for seasoned FreeWalkers, newbies and even families with children and strollers as well. The 14-mile route follows the Midtown Direct rail line and gives walkers the option to walk as little or as much as they choose. FreeWalker events are supportive, relaxing and not competitive. If you’ve never walked with us, this is a perfect walk to start with. 8:45 AM Meetup, kickoff, breakfast before Panera Bread, 66 Morris Street, Morristown, NJ 07960 ~10:15 AM Rest stop: coffee, snacks, bathrooms Madison Honda, 280 Main St, Madison NJ 2:30 PM until ?: FreeWalkers Annual PARTY St. James Gate Publick House: 167 Maplewood Ave, NJ. Join us when you can. You can do as little or as much as you choose and hop on a train along the way. Train stations are about 2-3 miles apart in each town, so you can hop on if you choose. NJ TRANSIT Midtown Direct runs once an hour in both directions at various times, so check the schedule ahead of time. Get your ticket prior to boarding the train or there's a $5 fee: except for seniors 62 and up who ride for 1/2 price and no extra fee. Remember Uber and Lyft as well if needed. If you’d like to do a piece of the walk and need help figuring out how and where to meet up with us – just ask. Thanks again to Madison Honda at 280 Main St., who are welcoming us to stop in for complimentary coffee, snacks and restrooms. There are other stops along the route as well to warm up and use restrooms. Morristown to... Madison: 4 miles Chatham: 6 miles Summit: 9 miles Short Hills: 11 miles Millburn: 12 miles Maplewood: 14 miles

Long Island Traverse - 21-mile walk from Massapequa to Cold Spring Harbor

A new 15- to 21-mile springtime walk clear across Long Island Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-island-traverse-21-mile-walk-from-massapequa-to-cold-spring-harbor-tickets-44657168794 (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/long-island-traverse-21-mile-walk-from-massapequa-to-cold-spring-harbor-tickets-44657168794) Join the FreeWalkers on our first Long Island walk, a journey through urban areas and springtime nature in bloom along the Nassau Suffolk Trail from the Massapequa Train Station northward to Cold Spring Harbor. We will walk off road through the Massapequa Preserve, Bethpage State Park, Trailview State Park, Stillwell Woods and Cold Spring Harbor State Park. The south shore of Long Island is flat. As we go north, we will encounter some short hills. At mile 15, we reach the Cold Spring Harbor Train Station and you can either end your walk there or continue for three of the most scenic and hilly miles all the way to the harbor. We then turn and walk back to the Cold Spring Harbor Station for a total of 21 miles. For those coming from New Jersey or New York City, take the 7:55 am train from Penn Station towards Babylon arriving at Massapequa at 8:55 am. The NJ Transit Morris/Essex train arrives at Penn Station at 7:39 am and the NE Corridor train arrives at 7:35. Walk highlights: - Massapequa Preserve - Bethpage State Park - Trailview State Park - Stillwell Woods - Cold Spring Harbor State Park

Past events (229)

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