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- Reconnecting People with the Natural World - for the Health of It -
Founded in 2007, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) aka Outdoors for Health was inspired by a passion for promoting and providing low-cost opportunities for people to get up and outside to connect with the natural world and enjoy the health benefits it provides. Today, the organization has grown to become a very active 23,000+ member strong 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to serving our **mission **of providing education, awareness, and opportunities for people to experience the variety of health benefits provided by connecting with the outdoors, “just for the health of it!” Our organization has hosted over ~7000 events ranging from 2-mile newbie sneaker social hikes all the way up to 50+ mile one day fully supported hikes, educational/awareness offerings, paddle trips, and more. So no matter your preference, we should have something for you. We are a diverse organization filled with members who enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities including - but not limited to hiking and educational opportunities related to the natural world. MAHG also promotes the importance of being good outdoor stewards through environmental awareness activities.
We enjoy exploring an incredible variety of locations throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group (MAHG) appreciates Mother Nature’s diversity and the diversity of people. ALL are welcome and encouraged to join. Whether you are a newbie or a very seasoned outdoor enthusiast, we are sure to have an event for you on our very active and varied calendar.
Our focus is on safety, camaraderie, and having a ton of fun while connecting with the natural world. So a sense of humor is a must with us! \

*** WARNING! — Our Calendar is VERY Active ALL Four Seasons and Can be Beneficial to Your Health ***
Today’s fast-paced and technologically dominated society can take a toll on a person’s psychological, physical, and emotional well-being. Many people are trapped within an indoor and plugged-in lifestyle that can be overwhelming and very stressful. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group promotes reconnecting people with nature by providing plentiful and varied opportunities for people to enjoy the outdoors.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s activities are a healthy and fun way to relieve stress and “unplug” while enjoying the variety of what Mother Nature has to offer throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Decrease stress - get fitter - get healthier, and get nature empowered, all while knowing you are supporting an important cause with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group.
Click Here for information about our current charitable initiatives and programs/studies serving our mission.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers many opportunities to give back by helping with maintaining trails throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and hosting in addition to participating in other environmental stewardship and community building events and workshops. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group offers educational classes and certifications in Leave No Trace outdoor ethics and our own highly regarded Outdoor Leadership Certification program. Additionally, MAHG has an active outreach program to help with educating others regarding the many health benefits of hiking and the importance of taking care of our trails and our overall environment.
Youth Education and Re-Connecting with the Natural World - We are currently preparing to expand our program that benefits under-represented and inner-city youth by combining connection with nature and education. Our solutions-based approach begins with a full immersion experience of hiking and other fun, unplugged, and screen-less outdoor activities. We combine the activities while educating tomorrow's workers regarding the abundant employment opportunities the natural world offers in the booming field of green-collar jobs. "For references and more, please visit our main website. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group provides opportunities for increased confidence, self-esteem, and hope for a better tomorrow. Today's youth will be the earth's stewards of tomorrow, so it is imperative that they become familiar with the world outside of their screens."
Why Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group? — As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization, when you hike with MAHG, you are also helping us with serving our mission to benefit the health of others! Every step you take with MAHG is also a step for recipients of our initiatives and programs. We bring people together to have fun and make friends while enjoying the many health benefits of the great outdoors in a safe and welcoming environment. Hiking not only connects people with the natural world but also fosters an appreciation and respect for the environment and an overall sense of community. Whether you are looking to lose weight, have never hiked a mile in your life, or are looking to rise to the challenge of hiking 30+ miles in one day, we have a hike for you, all seasons. Remember, we were all newbies once, and we enjoy introducing others to hiking and other outdoor pursuits - in fact, it is a core part of our mission to reconnect people with the natural world.
Who Can Hike with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group? — Simply put, you! Whether you are young, old, working, single, in a committed relationship, retired, laid off, shy, talkative, energetic, geeky, lazy, recovering from an injury, social, or a competitive hiker, Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is for you. We do more than just embrace our diversity — we thrive on it! \

When We Hike? — We do it in the morning, afternoon, after work, evening, darkest of night, every weekend day, and all year round and average 10 times a week. Get your mind out of the gutter ‘cause we are talking about hiking, stewardship, and outdoor education here. Seasonally, we offer weekday day hikes in addition to our variety of after-work hikes.
Where We Hike? — We hike throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond! We visit Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, and the Appalachian Trail almost every weekend. We strive to offer at least one easy, moderate, and strenuous hike within 60 miles of Baltimore, DC, and Northern Virginia each weekend day. MAHG hosts cookouts, white water floats, hike out/paddle backs, cave trips, natural water slides hikes, hikes to view frozen waterfalls, Appalachian Trail section hikes, camping trips, volunteer offerings, and last but certainly not least, our very popular Monuments in the Moonlight hikes.
How We Hike — Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a **mission-driven nonprofit charitable organization. Click Here to learn about our mission, programs and initiatives, and accomplishments! We are committed to connecting people with the natural world, community building, giving back/stewardship, and providing educational opportunities. MAHG is a well-established and highly regarded organization well known for its excellent camaraderie — all with safety in mind while emphasizing having fun out on the trails! We limit our hikes to small groups for the comfort and consideration of others and to better enjoy and respect the environment.We have many partnerships. A sample of a few and how we work with them - as a partner with Leave No Trace (LNT), we practice, encourage, and educate others about the importance of practicing proper outdoor ethics and teach LNT certification courses several times every year. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is also proud to be a Gold level Alliance Member of the American Hiking Society. MAHG participates in the "Adopt an Acre" program by adopting land in the Appalachian Mountains to support The Nature Conservancy. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group provides volunteer and trail maintenance opportunities and other community-building events throughout the entire Mid-Atlantic Region. Contact our office at 410.480.5000 or see our main website for more information regarding our cause and our accomplishments, initiatives, partnerships, and programs.
Our leadership team consists of qualified, dedicated, and very appreciated volunteers who are some of the best in the region!
We hope to see you on the trail soon for great times while enjoying all the health benefits of connecting with the natural world - remember to bring your sense of humor (a must with us) and be prepared to have a ton of fun!
Kellie Carlisle - Founder, MAHGs Board of Directors, and the MAHG Volunteer Leadership Team

Upcoming events (4+)

Riverbend Park to Great Falls Loop! An Easy 6.5 Miles

Riverbend Park, Great Falls National Park, & Difficult Run Stream with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! An Easy 5.3 or Mod. 9.5 Miles

$5.00

Riverbend Park to Great Falls Park and back on a different trail!

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Mid Atlantic Hiking Group does not require proof of vaccination. Not all hikers may be vaccinated. No organized carpools, but Social Distancing at all times. Mask inside and in crowed places.

If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 7 days, then please do not sign up. Also inform the hike leader if you are diagnosed with Covid-19 within 7 days from the hike.
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This hike is a 6.5-mile loop. This hike leads through the uplands, to Great Falls, and back on an inland trail through rolling hills.

Only about 15 miles from downtown Washington, the Great Falls area is probably the metro area’s finest close-in natural attraction. Tucked away in a remote river setting, Riverbend Park has over 400 acres of forest, meadows, and ponds. There, the broad and smooth Potomac River suddenly tumbles almost 80 feet in a series of rapids and then squeezes through a narrow, mile-long, and sheer-walled gorge. National Park Service lands protect both banks and provide riveting views of nature at work.

Trail Information
Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: McLean, VA
Length: 6.5-mile loop
Scenery: Wooded uplands, river vistas, waterfalls, historic remains
Exposure: Shady
Trail Surface: Mostly dirt; some pavement, gravel; very rocky in places with one steep hill.
Elev. Gain: 0 feet
Skill Level: Easy
Facilities: Facilities include a visitor center at both Riverbend and Great Falls parks.
Maps: USGS Rockville, Seneca, Vienna, Falls Church; ATC Map D; ADC Northern VA.
Park Hours: Riverbend Park: Open from 7 am to dusk, hours posted. Gates are locked at closing time. Great Falls Park: Great Falls Park is open daily from 7 a.m. until dark.
Visitor Center Hours: Riverbend Park: Weekdays: Visitor Center 9-5 and closed Tuesdays.Weekends: Visitor Center 12-5. Winter Visitor Center Hours (December, January, February)-Weekdays: Visitor Center 11-4 closed Tuesdays. Weekends: Visitor Center 11-4. Great Falls Park: The Great Falls Visitor Center and bookstore are open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily.

Park Fee
There is no park fee for this hike.

Gear Suggestions
Click Here for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

Weather Information
We hike rain, snow, or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Our RSVP Policies and Group Etiquette
Click Here to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.

Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for This Hike

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:15-9:25 a.m.

The Hike is at 9:30 a.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer supported organization that values:

  1. Fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette.
  2. Leave No Trace principles.

Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Click Here to become a part of the team!
Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and donations ARE tax deductible.
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A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!

Christa:[masked]
Greg:[masked]

Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.
• Click here to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

Holiday Decorations in Historic Olde Towne Alexandria! A 4-Mile Sneaker Hike

History Hike! Historic Olde Towne Alexandria with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 4 Mile Sneaker Hike

$5.00

Holiday Decorations in Historic Olde Towne Alexandria! A Newbie Friendly and Easy 4.2-Mile Historical Sneaker Hike with Optional Lunch

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Mid Atlantic Hiking Group does not require proof of vaccination. Not all hikers may be vaccinated. No organized carpools, but Social Distancing at all times. Mask inside and in crowed places.

If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 7 days, then please do not sign up. Also inform the hike leader if you are diagnosed with Covid-19 within 7 days from the hike.
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“This hike was inspired by Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups flagship urban hike – Monuments in the Moonlight. Plus, Olde Towne Alexandria reminds me so much of my hometown, Charleston, SC. So join Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group for an easy 4.2-mile sneaker hike to explore the dense history of Olde Towne!” - Leadership Team Member, Kenny

Old Town Alexandria is a quaint historic town just on the other side of the Potomac River from Washington, DC. Dating back to 1749, Alexandria’s riverfront was an important colonial port during the colonial, revolutionary and Civil War periods. Today, Old Town is a revitalized waterfront with cobblestone streets, colonial homes and churches, museums, shops and restaurants.

We start our walk by enjoying the Marina along the Potomac and Shipyard Park. Then we’ll walk through a tunnel at Windmill Hill Park and past the many churches of south Old Towne. Onward, we will pass by the Lyceum, the Confederate Soldier, the Friendship Firehouse, and through a lovely courtyard at Christ Church, and the Black History Museum. On our way back toward the marina, we will pass the Lee-Fendall House, one of the narrowest houses in America (7ft wide), George Washington’s Townhouse, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Market Square, and the majestic Carlyle House. Walking down the cobblestone section of Prince Street, passing the Athenaeum – we end up at our lunch destination, Chadwick's Restaurant. Note that this is a walking history tour, so I will only stop briefly to explain the historical significance of the many landmarks along the way.

Trail Information
Activity Type: Urban Walking/Hiking
Nearby City: Olde Town Alexandria, VA
Length: 4.2 Total miles
Trail Type: Loop
Skill Level: Newbie Friendly, Easy, and Social Sneaker Hike

Park Entry Fee
There is no park entrance fee.

Gear Suggestions
Click Here for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Hike Pace
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of hikes and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.

Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
Click Here to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.

Carpool Suggestions and Information

Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and locations are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or to a particular hike or venues location. Please Use the Comments section below this posting or e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and/or offerings.

Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
To carpool or caravan from the Baltimore area, people can arrange to meet at Savage Station.

Annapolis Area Carpool Suggestion - Starbucks
To carpool or caravan from the Annapolis area, people can arrange to meet at the Harbour Center Mall Starbucks.

VA East Area Metro Carpool Suggestion - Vienna Metro Station
To carpool or caravan from Vienna/Fairfax area, people can arrange to meet at the Fairfax Area Metro Station.

If you can drive or want to carpool from additional locations, please post your location and needs in the comment section below. For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends and support the environment — by just offering a ride!

Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for this Hike

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 09:45-09:55 a.m.

The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer-supported organization that values:

  1. Fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette.
  2. Leave No Trace principles.

Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Click Here to become a part of the team! MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, and encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and donations ARE tax deductible.

Tax ID:[masked]

A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!

Toby:[masked]

Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.
• Click here to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

🎄Holiday Event! Georgetown GLOW Sneaker Hike With Opt Prehike Tuba Concert!🎄

Holiday Special Event: Tuba Concert and Georgetown Glow Sneaker Hike!

$5.00

🎄NEW: Georgetown GLOW Sneaker Hike With Optional Free Prehike Merry TubaChristmas Concert!🎄

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Mid Atlantic Hiking Group does not require proof of vaccination. Not all hikers may be vaccinated. Organized carpools with masks, and Social Distancing. Mask inside and in crowed places.

If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 7 days, then please do not sign up. Also inform the hike leader if you are diagnosed with Covid-19 within 7 days from the hike.
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Experience the sparkle of the season at Georgetown GLOW, the region's only curated exhibition of outdoor public light art installations. Set against the historic backdrop of DC's oldest neighborhood, it's a whole new way to shine. The hike will be 3-4 miles.

OPTIONAL: The Merry TubaChristmas concert takes place before our hike, in the Kennedy Center concert hall at 6 p.m. Tickets to this event are free, but you should plan to arrive early to get a seat.

Meet by the large JFK head inside the Kennedy Center between 7:00 and 7:15 p.m. for this hike.

Directions to this Special Holiday Event
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet.

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 7:00-7:15 p.m.

The Event is at 7:15 p.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer-supported organization that values:

  1. Fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette.
  2. Leave No Trace principles.

Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Click Here to become a part of the team! MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, and encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and donations ARE tax deductible.

Tax ID:[masked]

Fido is Not Allowed on this Hike.

Let’s have fun times and see you there!

Toby:[masked]

Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible.

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.
• Click here to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

Holiday Market, Nat'l X-mas Tree, and DT Decor (West Area)! Easy 4-Mile Hike Ⓜ️

Hike DC Series: Hike 10: Downtown (West Area) with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Newbie Friendly/Easy 4 Mile Sneaker Hike

$3.00

Holiday Market and Light Displays! Urban DC Hike Series (Hike 10 of 13): Featuring -- The West Area of Downtown! A Newbie Friendly and Easy and Flat 4-Mile Social Sneaker Hike (Ⓜ️ Hike Begins and Terminates at the Same Metro Stop)

This special holiday hike takes you through the Holiday Market and City Center displays. See the 75-foot tall tree, reindeer, and Palmer Alley lights and decorations.

Hike 10 of 13 -- Downtown's West Area

Today's hike explores the area just west of Downtown. Our route passes through the central business district, Franklin Square, Old Washington Convention Center redevelopment site, Ford’s Theater, FBI Building, Old Post Office, and Pennsylvania Avenue. We will pass by many historical buildings and small parks on this extraordinary tour of this most interesting area of the District.

Ⓜ️ This hike begins and ends at the same METRO location.

Gear Suggestions
Click Here for suggestions regarding what to wear and what not to wear for hiking the trails.

Weather Information
We hike rain or shine. Click Here to view the forecast for the area where we will be hiking.

Hike Pace
The goal for this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker.

Our RSVP and Group Etiquette
Click Here to review our RSVP policies and group etiquette.

Carpool Suggestions and Information

Note that you are responsible for knowing how to get from carpool locations to the venue. Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is not responsible for transportation to and from events or carpools. Suggested carpool times and places are provided as a courtesy because many members are either new to the area or unfamiliar with a particular hike or venues location. Please use the 'Comments' section below or reach out via e-mail to make arrangements for carpooling needs and offerings.

If you can drive or want to carpool from any particular place, please post your offer to help those in need of a ride, and those looking for a ride, in the comment section below. Click Here for a list of suggested carpool locations, each complete with a physical address, GPS coordinates, driving directions and additional carpool information.

For those who need a ride, reach out to the drivers. Make friends and support the environment — by just offering a ride!

Directions to the Trailhead
Click Here for Directions to Where We Meet for this Hike

Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 5:45-5:55 p.m.

The Hike is at 6:00 p.m.

Please remember we are a volunteer-supported organization that values:

  1. Fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette.
  2. Leave No Trace principles.

Our hikes are led by generous, dedicated, and qualified MAHG members who volunteer as leaders for Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups volunteer leadership team. Click Here to become a part of the team! MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, and encouraging, with a focus on safety while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission.
Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a volunteer supported tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and donations ARE tax deductible.

Tax ID:[masked]

A Well-Mannered, Leashed Fido is Welcome on this Hike!

Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there.

Toby:[masked]

Donations to Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group are Tax Deductible.

Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charitable organization.
• Click here to Learn more about Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group’s Mission.

Past events (6,893)

Piedmont Hike at Sky Meadows State Park: A Moderate 8.4-Mile Hike

Sky Meadows State Park with Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group! A Moderate 8.4 Miles

$5.00

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