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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, however some walks may be accessible by car only. Most events cost nothing, but we alway welcome donations 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+)

Greenbelt Walk: Staten Island -- Cross-Jersey Challenge

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The most pleasant walking route from Union County to Manhattan, with miles of trail, beach, boardwalk and great views.

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Start: Elizabeth Public Library 11 S Broad St Elizabeth NJ 07202
Finish: NY Penn Station
Distance: 23-26mi
Return: NJ Transit or Path train
Coordinator: Charles Updike
Transit: NJ Transit to Elizabeth Station, walk three blocks south on Broad St
Optional endpoints: World Trade Center PATH

Join us on this scenic and colorful marathon walk to complete our trek across New Jersey. We start three blocks from the train station, where parking is available. Walk along the Elizabeth River and across the Goethals Bridge with views of Manhattan. A rambling trail with easy terrain, which can have a few muddy spots, takes us to the beachfront of Staten Island. A walk along the beach and through the park takes us under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and into the fascinating relic that is Fort Wadsworth. A trip up Bay Avenue ends at the Staten Island Ferry and a free ride into Lower Manhattan. A walk along the Hudson River, with optional visits to the World Trade Center and the High Line, finishes at Midtown and Penn Station.

This is a beautiful walk for those not able to complete the 50-mile Big Walk beyond Elizabeth or Newark. If you are unable to complete this one, you can finish three miles early at the PATH station. There are also many bus stops along the way on Staten Island with buses to the ferry.

Highlights
- Elizabeth River Parkway
- Goethals Bridge
- Willowbrook Park
- Staten Island Greenbelt
- Cedar Grove Beach
- FDR Boardwalk and Beach
- Midland Beach
- South Beach
- Fort Wadsworth
- Verrazano Narrows Bridge
- Bay Avenue shops
- Staten Island Ferry
- Battery Park
- World Trade Center
- Hudson River Greenway
- High Line

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Wissahickon Weekend: Fairmount Park

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Enjoy our FreeWalkers weekend getaway along the most picturesque trail in the region.

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Explore the most scenic valley in the region.
Start: 30th St Station
Finish: Fort Washington Station
Distance: 22mi
Return: SEPTA train
Coordinator: Charles Updike
Transit: SEPTA train between 30th St and Fort Washington.
Optional endpoints: Chestnut Hill West Station, East Falls Station
22-mile walk from downtown Philadelphia to Fort Washington along the Wissahickon Creek
This event is free and open to the public, and part of a two-day walk. Walk either or both. Numerous lodging options near Fort Washington. The Hilton Gardens and Holiday Inn are within a couple blocks of where Saturday's walk ends and Sunday begins.
Sat Aug 20 Center City Philadelphia to Fort Washington
Sun Aug 21 Fort Washington to Doylestown
This beautiful two-day walk follows the Schuylkill River and the full length of the Wissahickon Creek upstream from the Schuylkill to its source and beyond.
This first day is a beautiful walk through nature, at times exploring the more rugged trails on that other side of the Wissahickon, with a visit to Rittenhouse Town and a sweeping view of the Wissahickon Valley atop the Walnut Lane Bridge.
This event has a short hiking segment that offers terrain not typically found on our other walks. Consider bringing a walking pole.
We will stop, as always, for a late lunch break in Chestnut Hill.
Highlights:
- West River MLK Drive
- Boathouse Row
- Mill Covered Bridge- Tedyuscung- Magarge Dam- Valley Green- Fingerspan Bridge- Walnut Lane Bridge- Rittenhouse Town
- Chestnut Hill
- Wissahickon Green Ribbon Trail
- Fort Washington Park
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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Wissahickon Weekend: Bucks County

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Enjoy our FreeWalkers weekend getaway along the most picturesque trail in the region.

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Start: Fort Washington Station
Finish: Doylestown Station
Distance: 22mi
Return: SEPTA train
Coordinator: Charles Updike
Transit: SEPTA train between 30th St, Fort Washington and Doylestown.
Optional endpoints: Penllyn Station(5mi), Lansdale Station(10mi)
22-mile walk from Fort Washington to Doylestown along the upper Wissahickon Creek
This event is free and open to the public, and part of a two-day walk. Walk either or both. Numerous lodging options near Fort Washington. The Hilton Gardens and Holiday Inn are within a couple blocks of where Saturday's walk ends and Sunday begins.
Sat Aug 20 Center City Philadelphia to Fort Washington
Sun Aug 21 Fort Washington to Doylestown
This beautiful two-day walk follows the Schuylkill River and the full length of the Wissahickon Creek upstream from the Schuylkill to its source and beyond.
This second day is all new territory for FreeWalkers, including the upper Wissahickon up to its source along the Green Ribbon Trail, with traces of the valley's industrial past powered by the creek. We finish with a full length walk of the 202 Parkway Trail to charming Doylestown, a great place for us to stop for dinner after. Quick train ride back to Fort Washington or straight through to Center City.
Highlights:
- Wissahickon Creek
- Green Ribbon Trail
- Four Mills Nature Reserve
- Evans Mumbower Mill
- Lansdale
- 202 Parkway Trail
- Neshaminy Creek
- Doylestown
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.

Down The Shore Walk: Asbury to Seaside

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Explore another segment of the Jersey Shore with FreeWalkers.

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Start: Asbury Park Station
Finish: Seaside Heights
Distance: 20mi
Return: Uber to Bay Head Station with rail to Asbury
Coordinator: Charles Updike
Transit: NJTransit North Jersey Coast Line
Join us on this year's exploration of a new segment of the Jersey Shore, starting with charm and scenery, and ending with food and fun. Hop from one beach town to another, walking boardwalks, beaches and back bay.
This event is part of a two day walk from Asbury Park to Island Beach State Park. Off-season lodging is plentiful in Seaside, though early reservation may be cost-effective. Lots of fun, games and food in Seaside to be enjoyed between our walks.
Sat Sep 10: Asbury Park to Seaside Heights
Sun Sep 11: Seaside Heights to Island Beach State Park and back
Highlights:
- Asbury Park
- Ocean Grove
- Bradley Beach
- Avon by the Sea
- Belmar
- Spring Lake
- Sea Girt
- Manasquan
- Brielle
- Point Pleasant
-Bay Head
- Mantaloking
- Lavallette
- Seaside Heights

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Liberty State Park Walk ( a joint walk with Everwalk)

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