AVA: America’s Walking Club is joining

REI’s #OptOutside Campaign.

Let's get out and walk on Black Friday,

November 24, 2017.

To find an AVA #OptOutside event in your

area click on your state below.

For additional information click here.

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Sumner, WA

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Deem Hills Trail

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Des Moines

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DTSummerlin Walk 3

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Gaithersburg, MD

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Truckee-tahoe

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Tallgrass Prairie 3

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DTSummerlin Walk 2

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Georgetown Falls

Sacramento Walking Sticks

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Carmichael – Ancil Hoffman Park Y1712
Start Time: 9:00 am
Start Point: 24 Hr Fitness 5114 Arden Way Carmichael for registration then a short drive to the walk start at Shelfield Park, 1849 Suffolk Way, Carmichael, CA 95608
POC: Sally Coons, Saanagaha@yahoo.com, 916.283.4535 and Barbara Nuss, nussb@surewest.net, 916.283.4650
Description: The Sacramento Walking Sticks Club invites everyone, including the family dog, to come outside and join us on a lovely walk to Carmichael’s Ancil Hoffman Park and the Effie Yeaw Nature Center. The 10K route takes you thru lovely neighborhoods to and from Ancil Hoffman Park while the 5K walk requires a short drive to the Park and the trails begin the minute you step from the car. There is plenty of wildlife to see along the route inside the park from snakes to wild turkeys and many deer along the Nature Trail. You’ll even get to walk by a Maidu Indian Village as you walk by the Effie Yeaw Nature Center.
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Shasta Sundial Strollers

Redding – Sacramento Riverwalk Y1066
Start Time: 9:00 am
Start Point: La Quinta Inn, 2180 Hilltop, Redding, CA 96003
POC:Cynthia Turbin, ShastaSundialStrollers@yahoo.com or 530.246.4130.
Description: This walk showcases the Sacramento River which is a beautiful feature of our city. Part of the route takes in the Sacramento River Trail, our new walk/bike path along Hwy. 44, and over the Sundial Bridge. The other part of the route goes through the historic section of Redding. The entire walk traverses the river four times. You will need to drive a short distance from the start point to the start of the walk. Driving directions are included in the walk directions.
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Delta Tule Trekkers

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Stockton – San Joaquin County Y1304
Start Time: 9:00 am
Start Point:McDonald’s Hamburgers, 4515 Pacific, Stockton, CA 95207
POC:Tom Swift, deltatuletrekkers@inreach.com, 209.298.5829.
Description: The walk winds through the beautiful University of the Pacific campus and nearby lovely residential areas. The Haggin Museum, city parks and Yosemite Lake are along the route.
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Tahoe Trail Trekkers

Truckee – Tony Steiner Memorial River Walk Y1667
Start Time: 11:00 am
Start Point: Hampton Inn and Suites Tahoe-Truckee, 11951 CA Hwy #267, Truckee, CA 96161.
POC: Jennie Gordon, jgthelake22@gmail.com In case there is snow, contact Betsy McDevitt betsywalks@gmail.com regarding the start point.
Description: New all paved, undulating expanded river view trail. Variable shade. Information signs pertaining to historic sites along Truckee River. Numerous viewing benches. View of 3 volcanoes. Restrooms at the beginning of trail.
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Vaca Valley Volks

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Vacaville, CA - Historic – Solano County Y1586
Start Time: 8:30 am
Start Point:Diggers Deli 876 Alamo, Vacaville, CA 95688
POC: Kathy Gaehler, kathygaehler@comcast.net, 209.298.5829.
Description: Vacaville is a typical small town of the 20th Century. Vacaville was a prosperous farming center with beautiful Victorian Homes, both large and small, and a picturesque historic downtown. In the center of town is Andrews Park with its creek walk. Andrews Park serves as the center of downtown Vacaville. The walk goes through residential areas, along historic Highway 40, and historic downtown Vacaville. It goes through old and new neighborhoods and past the museum and stately homes on Buck Ave.
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Low Desert Roadrunners

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Murrieta, CA – Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve Y2011
Start Time: 8:00 - 10:00 am
Start Point:Barons "The Marketplace" 32310 Clinton Keith, Wildomar, CA 92595
POC: Kathy Bundy, bunznkatz7@gmail.com, 951-218-3755.
Description: This hike is in a Preserve so dogs are not allowed. There are Porta potties at the trailhead and at the adobes. The area is at its best in the spring when the wildflowers are blooming but the fall is great too. A lovely hike with wide-open views of rolling hills (& an occasional stream) interspersed with oak trees. This route visits the adobes (the oldest standing structures in Riverside Co.) It's a wide loop all on dirt trails. Baron's has a wonderful array of ready-made sandwiches, soups & salads. You could have a delightful picnic at the Preserve. The preserve asks for a $4.00 donation.
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Kansas Jay Walkers

Z Bar Ranch, near Strong City, KS Y1760 AKA Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Visitor Center Information Desk - TPNP is on Hwy 177 about 3 miles north of Strong City, which is about 75 miles northeast of Wichita. From S take I-35 to Exit 92 and go north on Hwy 177 (Flint Hills Scenic Byway) 31 miles. From N or E take I-35 to Exit 127 and go west on US 50 22 miles to Hwy 177, then north. From W take US 50 to Hwy 177, then north.
POC: Lucy & Les Yother, yotherL@yahoo.com, 913-250-0866
Description: Gravel roads and mowed paths through the beautiful Flint Hills that surround the historic mansion. Wheelchairs, strollers, and pets are NOT allowed in the backcountry. Difficulty Level 2. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs if ground is wet; possible, but difficult if ground is dry. Pets are allowed, but must be on a visible, 6' or shorter leash; attended at all times; and picked up after. Z Bar (Spring Hill) Ranch is a 10,894-acre cattle ranch. The preserve protects 10,862 acres, most of it under control of the Nature Conservancy. The National Park Service currently operates 32 acres including the 1881 historic ranch house, three-story limestone barn and outbuildings, and nearby one room schoolhouse - Lower Fox Creek School (built 1882). Numerous natural springs, hence the name "Spring Hill," are found on the ranch, which also includes two permanent streams, Fox Creek, and Palmer Creek. The ranch house is an imposing three story, eleven-room building constructed in the Second Empire style, a rare architectural style in the region, and executed in native materials. The 6,480-square foot, three-story barn is nearly as impressive as the house.
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Chester County Red Rovers

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Phoenixville, PA – Rising from the Ashes Y1839
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: Artisans Gallery & Cafe, 234 Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA 19460 (610-935-1965)
POC: MJ Barker, maryjeanbark@gmail.com
Description: Stroll through historic Phoenixville, former home of Phoenix Steel and Griffin, Smith & Hill, makers of Phoenixville's famous Majolica Pottery. The Colonial Theatre, the centerpiece of Phoenixville's renaissance, was featured in "The Blob" (1958) and commemorates the film every summer during Blob Fest http://thecolonialthreatre.com/ Explore Phoenixville's streets and avenues to view its many historic homes, sites of interest, and parks. Cross several of its many bridges, sample some of its trails, and follow the Schuykill Canal tow path. Phoenixville features a farmers' market, many restaurants, wine bars, brew pubs, and a distillery, as well as numerous events and festivals.
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Chester County Red Rovers

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Pottstown, PA – Warwick County Park Y1846
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: Park Office, 382 County Park Drive, Pottstown, PA 19465 (610-469-1916)
POC: Jeanne Clancy, clancygirl1@verizon.net
Description: Explore beautiful Warwick County Park. Its numerous trails take you through hardwood forests, meadows, and wetlands beside French Creek. The Horse-Shoe Trail, extending from Valley Forge to the Appalachian Trail, adds length to the numerous miles of multi-use park trails. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Warwick's woodlands provided much of the raw timber used to make charcoal for the region's iron furnaces and forges. Remains of the iron industry can still be seen at various charcoal hearths along old cart paths. Historic Saint Peters Village is a small, late 19th century industrial "company village" at the Falls of French Creek. It encompasses an 1845-1928 iron mining site at its north end and an 1880-1970 granite quarry site at the south end.
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Chester County Red Rovers

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Downingtown, PA – Historic Y1838
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: Kimberton Whole Foods, 150 East Pennsylvania Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335
POC: Kathryn Hassert, kate88books@gmail.com
Description: Stroll through historic Downingtown to view its many historic homes in architectural styles including Georgian, Federal, bungalow, and conservative Italiante and Queen Anne. Historic sites include the 1899 Friends Meeting House, the 1761 General Washington Inn, the 1791 Log House, and the ruins of Dowlin Forge. Explore some of the many parks and trails of Chester County. Downingtown also offers many restaurants and the Victory Brewing Company.
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Liberty Bell Wanders

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Easton, PA Y0323
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: Days Inn 185 South 3rd St., Easton, PA 18042
POC: Gayle Hendricks, e2feet@gmail.com
Description: Historic town walk on city sidewalks and paved trails. Several moderate hills. Highlights include a bridge crossing into Phillipsburg, NJ, the Crayola Experience, and the Karl Stirner Arts Trail.
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Liberty Bell Wanders

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Morrisville, PA Y0622
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: Quality Inn & Suites - 7 S Pennsylvania Ave, Morrisville, PA
POC: Roxie Weaver, geiserweaver@gmail.com
Description: Trail starts in Morrisville, then goes across the Delaware River into the state government complex of Trenton, the capital of New Jersey. On the Pennsylvania side, the trail goes through the business district, and scenic residential areas. Summerseat which served as George Washington's headquarters is also on the walk, and a section along the towpath of the Delaware Canal State Park. This walk counts towards the New Jersey Capital Walk
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Susquehanna Rovers Volksmarch Club

Hershey Walkfest South Trail
Start Time: 8 AM to 1:30 PM; Finish by 4:30 PM
Start Point: Hershey Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue Hershey, PA
POC: Lester Miller, millersd@ptd.net(717) 938-3488
Description: Trail is on sidewalks and sides of roads. Pets are allowed on a leash with clean up after them. No pets allowed in buildings.
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Susquehanna Rovers Volksmarch Club

Hershey Walkfest – Hummelstown Trail
Start Time: 8 AM to 1:30 PM; Finish by 4:30 PM
Start Point: Hershey Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue Hershey, PA
POC: Lester Miller, millersd@ptd.net(717) 938-3488
Description: Hummelstown Trail is a short drive to start at the Hummel Nature Trail parking lot. Nice walk thru a small-town west of Hershey.
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Eastern Tennessee Wanderers

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Alcoa, TN – Greenway Walk Y1606
Start Time: Walkers for the 10k will start at 5:30pm, and the 5k folks start at 6:30pm.
Start Point: Quality Hotel, 206 Corporate Place
POC: Linda Nelson, linda37754@gmail.com
Description: Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the lighted, paved Alcoa/Maryville Greenway. Although the route is mainly flat, there are areas of small hills of short duration. Carrying water is recommended although it is available along the route most of the year. We will gather for hot chocolate, dessert, or a late supper after the walk. Do dress in layers for this time of year, and do bring a flashlight. Hope to see you there! Linda.
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Eastern Tennessee Wanderers

Gatlinburg, TN – Gatlinburg Tourist Walk Y1308
Start Time: 1:00 pm
Start Point: Nantahalla Outdoor Center (NOC), 1138 Parkway 37738 Refer to Elkmont Historic Trail Walk (Y1307) for directions to start point.
POC: Robert McDaniel, mcdanielr99@yahoo.com
Description: While damage from the forest fire can be seen along the trail, this walk is open and can be walked without any problem. Mon-Sat 10 AM to 7 PM, Sun 10 AM to 6 PM. Closed Christmas and New Years. Event shares Walk Box with Gatlinburg Trail and Elkmont Historic Trail Walks. Walk takes one through the tourist town of Gatlinburg. Get your fill of tourist attractions and all the shopping opportunities you could ask for from T-shirt to candy shops. Something for everyone.
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Colorado River Walkers of Austin Texas

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Georgetown Historical Y1037
Start Time: 1:00 pm
Start Point: Visitors Center at 103 W 7th street, Georgetown TX 78626
POC: Carol Obianwu, cobianwu@utexas.edu
Description: This beautiful walk starts at the courthouse square, passes through Blue Hole Park, and follows the hike and bike trail along South San Gabriel River into San Gabriel Park. It returns via Southern University and a part of historic Georgetown. The holiday lightening of the square will take place at dusk.
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Dallas Trekkers Walking Club

Dallas, TX – White Rock Lake Walk Y0141
Start Time: 9:00 am
Start Point: Baylor Scott & White Hospital, 9440 Poppy Drive, Dallas
POC: Sharon Roy, oscarmayer123@tx.rr.com
Description: The 16km circles White Rock Lake with impressive views of downtown Dallas, the Dallas Arboretum, and the homes and gardens surrounding the lake. The 10km and 6km follow the east shore of the lake.
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Kerrville Trailblazers

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Kerrville, TX – Guadalupe River Trail Y1365
Start Time: 9:00am – Guided walk
Start Point: Butt-Holdsworth Library, 505 Water Street Kerrville, TX 78028 (#OptOutside Start Location)
POC: Vorsha Sherfield, Mr-n-mrs-sherfield@hotmail.com
Description: The newly completed River Trail travels along the scenic Guadalupe River, on a 10 foot wide trail that accommodates hikers, runners, bikers and pets. The trail is tree-lined with majestic cypress trees, and you will pass a splash pad, charming dog park, and beautiful natural areas. There are several restaurants and shops one block away in the downtown area.
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Randolph Roadrunners

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San Antonio, TX - Crownridge Canyon Natural Area Y1584
Start Time: at the Park from 8 - 10 am
Start Point: Crownridge Canyon Natural Area, 7222 Luskey Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78256 (#OptOutside Start Location)
POC: Susan Medlin, sueammed@aol.com(210) 325-3523
Description: Walk through the 200-acre Crownridge Canyon Natural Area and a very picturesque residential upscale neighborhood. Hiking boots and sticks recommended. NO pets are allowed in the park.
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Germanna Volkssport Association

Fredericksburg, VA – Rappahannock Rambles Y1301
Start Time: 9:00 am
Start Point: Old Mill Park, 2201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
POC: Kay Shoemaker, sydnakay@yahoo.com
Description: In addition to the trail along the Rappahannock River, Old Mill Park and Canal Path, the route takes you through a botanic garden and past many historic properties and monuments in Fredericksburg (including famous Carl's Ice Cream).
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Gator Volksmarch Club

Virginia Beach, Virginia - First Landing State Park Y0468
Start Time: 9:00 am
Start Point: First Landing State Park, 2800 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA
POC: Don Bradford, dbradford23@cox.net
Description: The walk starts on city sidewalks and moves to established dirt trails marked and maintained by the First Landing State Park system. There are uphill climbs and an option which includes a walk on a sandy beach. From sandy beaches to cypress swamps, this walk explores a popular natural scenic area of the resort city.
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Northern Virginia Volksmarchers

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Springfield, VA – South Run Y0112
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: South Run RECenter 7550 Reservation Rd, 22153
POC: Helen Garamone, hkgaramone@hotmail.com
Description: This trail follows a somewhat hilly but mostly shaded paved path. The trail passes through the woods along small streams and goes three-quarters of the way around Lake Mercer before returning to the start/finish point. Restrooms and water are available only at the Start Point
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Daffodil Valley Volkssport Association

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Sumner, WA - #OptOutside on Black Friday (Guided Walk)
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: REI Sumner Distribution Center 1700 45th St. E. Sumner WA
POC: Carolyn Warhol, jcwarhol@comcast.net
Description: Come join us and walk the Sumner Link Trail along the White River.
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FS Family Wanderers

Seattle – Alki Beach Y0596
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: Don Armeni Park, 1222 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA. We will be at the entrance opposite an apartment building with "1111 Harbor" in large characters. (#OptOutside Start Location)
POC: Michelle Roberts, michellero1956@gmail.com
Description: The FS Family Wanderers invite you to join us for a walk on sidewalks along Alki Beach on Puget Sound. Watch ships and ferry boats cruise past. Enjoy views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, the Olympic Mountains, the Seattle skyline, and a monument to Seattle's birthplace. 5 K and 10 K routes will be available. The 10 K route goes by the Alki Beach Lighthouse. Parking available in park, and in a parking area on Harbor Ave just past the park. METRO bus route # 37.
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NW Tulip Trekkers

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Ferndale Y1005
Start Time: register by 9:45 am and the walk starts at 10 am
Start Point: The Ferndale Haggen's Food and Pharmacy, 1815 Main Street, Ferndale, WA
POC: Joe Pepia, pepia46@comcast.net or sisa98225@yahoo.com
Description: Walk through the downtown area then along the Nooksack River to two heritage farmsteads. The first one is Hovander Park and then the Tennant Lake area. The walk is rated 1A and there is a 5-km option.
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