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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 (4+)

FreeWalkers Marathon -- Philadelphia (Fairmount Park)

The Porch at 30th

Our most diverse and scenic walk of the year. Bring your camera!

Start: 30th St Station

Finish: Chestnut Hill West Station

Distance: 13-26mi

Return: SEPTA train

Coordinator: Charles Updike

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Please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/153049777003
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Transit: Amtrak, Megabus, NJTransit AC and NJTransit/Septa connections to 30th Street Station

Optional endpoints:- East Falls Station, Highland Station and numerous other mass transit options.

Some details may be subject to change. Register to stay tuned to developments.

An Autumn Walk in the Park
26.2 miles (or 13.1 miles) from 30th St Station to Chestnut Hill through Fairmount Park and the Wissahickon Valley.
Walk the entire breadth of the city through the largest landscaped city park in the world, Fairmount Park, with the autumn colors at their peak along the Schuylkill River Trail and Forbidden Drive along the Wissahickon Creek.

In the early 19th century, the Wissahickon was a hub for small industry, due to its steady water flow for powering mills. When industry moved downtown, the area was preserved to protect the water supply for the region, producing an environment that became world renowned for its beauty and inspired the works of Walt Whitman, John Greenleaf Whittier, Edgar Allen Poe, Christopher Morley, and Currier and Ives. Forbidden Drive is so named for its prohibition of all motor vehicles. The Wissahickon Valley has a stillness untouched by time, strange for one of the world's larger cities, and is surely Philadelphia's best kept secret, offering as appealing a walking route as is available for a hundred miles around.

"The Wissahickon is of so remarkable a loveliness that, were it flowing in England, it would be the theme of every bard." -- Poe

"Some of my happiest hours have been spent there, some of my freest hours." -- Whitman

Our journey begins at 30th Street Station, with convenient connections to Septa, NJ Transit, Amtrak and Megabus. The walk ends in the tony main-street neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, where we shall meet for eats and libations, with two train stations available to carry us back to 30th Street. Easy gravel and paved terrain, with very few road crossings after one leaves Center City. Two snack bars with nearby bathrooms assist along the way.

The half-marathon route is a shortest-distance trek along the Schuylkill and Wissahickon. The full route provides a broad and meandering treatment of all of the many highlights of sprawling Fairmount Park, along with visits to the places of debate and worship of our founding fathers, the site of the 1876 Centennial Exposition, the world's tallest masonry building, dozens of works of public art, and the nation's most pioneering and pedestrian-friendly cemetery, replete with graves of countless war heroes, inventors, tycoons and even local icons like Harry Kalas and Rocky's Adrian Balboa.

Visit FreeWalkers.org for more walks like this!

MARATHON WALK Highlights
University of Pennsylvania
Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk
Rittenhouse Square
Washington Square
Independence Hall
Carpenters Hall
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Penns Landing
Christ Church
City Hall
Logan Circle
Ben Franklin Parkway
Art Museum steps
Fairmount Waterworks
Boathouse Row
Kelly Drive
Memorial Hall
Japanese House and Garden
Belmont Plateau
Strawberry Mansion Bridge
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Falls Bridge
Wissahickon Creek
Battle of Germantown
Forbidden Drive
Valley Green Inn
Magarge Dam
Covered bridge
Chestnut Hill
HALF-MARATHON Highlights
Fairmount Waterworks
Boathouse Row
Kelly Drive
Falls Bridge
Wissahickon Creek
Battle of Germantown
Forbidden Drive
Valley Green Inn
Magarge Dam
Covered bridge
Chestnut Hill
Visit freewalkers.org for ongoing event info: http://freewalkers.org/events

Bronx Coast to Coast Walk

West 231st Street & Riverdale Avenue

Please register at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/165974122067

Walk from the Hudson River to the bay with us.

Start: Bronx

Finish: Pelham Bay

Distance: 18mi

Return: bus to train

Coordinator: Ken Kurland

Transit: #1 train to Bronx, bus to #6 train to return to Manhattan

Back by popular demand, a Bronx walking tale. Dip your feet in the Hudson and the Sound in the same day on the same walk. Your reward is drinks and lunch on City Island. FREE and open to everyone.

This 18-mile walk starts at the NW corner of Broadway and West 231st St at the W 231st St. stop of the #1 Train at 9:00. We will then head west towards the Hudson River and walk along a rural road that's the westernmost avenue closest to the river. Near the river we pass one of the Kennedy clan's homes and see where JFK spent a few years of his life overlooking the Hudson.

We will go to a tiny, hidden park on the other side of Metro North tracks where you can go right up to the river and dip your hands into it. Then we walk to the northernmost point of NYC and start heading east, including walking through Fieldston, a private neighborhood of mansions.

Along the way we'll pass the Russian Compound, owned by Russia (Or, maybe they have they been thrown out?). We'll make our way to Van Cortland Park and follow the path of the East Coast Greenway. Along the path we'll pass a beautiful lake in the park.

We'll continue on Mosholu Parkway to Bronx Park, walking over the Bronx River. Then we'll make our way to Pelham Parkway, still on the East Coast Greenway, all the way to City Island (called the Seashore of the Bronx) and end at the end of City Island where we can eat and have beer at Johnny's Reef Restaurant, which has been there for at least 70 years!

We'll take a bus to the Pelham Bay stop of the No. 6 train, which you can take back into Manhattan.

Most participants take the #1 train but due to construction the 1 Train north will not stop at 231st so you must continue on to 242nd St and then south back to 231st St. After you get off at W 231st St, walk 4 blocks west on W 231st St (past the Dunkin’ Donuts) to get to the start.

We will try to have someone at 231 St station there to guide you.

The actual starting place where we will meet is at the intersection of W 231st and Riverdale Ave, by the benches at the entrance to Ewen Park.

See event map (updated 7/12/16):https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z7LlqpjT9qEk.kwgGuPR3VX08&usp=sharing

Get turn-by-turn directions here.

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.

Watchung Reservation Loop Walk

Trailside Nature & Science Center

Please register at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/166091886303

Walk 10 miles through the Watchung Reservation.

Start: Trailside Nature and Science Center

Finish: Trailside Nature and Science Center

Distance: 10 miles

Coordinator: Cory Storch

The Reservation is a hidden gem in the middle of Union County. There are miles of trails, lakes and historic features. So come enjoy a Saturday morning with a bunch of hikers in a beautiful spot. Bring water and a snack. Hiking shoes recommended. Single or double hiking poles can be helpful.... but not required.

Please register on EVENTBRITE above as well as here. Much appreciation.

Cooper River Walk

Jefferson Station

Cross that bridge and get out of town into some autumnal charm.

Start: Jefferson Station (Fashion District)

Finish: Lindenwold, NJ

Distance: 15-30mi

Return: PATCO train

Coordinator: Charles Updike

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Transit: SEPTA to Jefferson, Greyhound

Optional endpoints:- Haddonfield PATCO 15mi

Some details may be subject to change. Register to stay tuned to developments.

Market East Jefferson Station, Philly to Lindenwold, NJ via Ben Franklin Bridge, Cooper River Park and other South Jersey trails. Visit to Walt Whitman house. Return by PATCO train from multiple stops.

If you have never crossed the Ben Franklin Bridge, you will appreciate the view. This will be a guided walk at a shared pace through Camden, including a visit to Walt Whitman's house. Once we get out of the city and into the park, feel free to move at your preferred pace. This walk thereafter stitches together charming South Jersey towns and pleasant but scattered trail segments in between.

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Highlights:

- Chinatown- Franklin Square- Ben Franklin Bridge- Cooper's Poynt Park- Wiggins Waterfront Park- Walt Whitman House- Cooper River Park- Haddon Heights- Runnemede Trail- Blackwood Trail

Partners: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.

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