AVA: America's Walking Club is joining

REI's #OptOutside Campaign.

Let's get out and walk on Black Friday,

November 23, 2018

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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South Bend, IN

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Wahpeton, ND

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Greenville, SC

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Jacksonville, FL

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Indianapolis, IN

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Seneca State Park

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Georgetown Falls


Registration Time: 9:00 am
Start Time: 9:20 am
Start Point: Starbucks, 800 Oakdale Rd, Modesto, CA 95355
POC:Joan Sykes
Description: We will traverse park trails on a cool, crisp fall morning following Dry Creek. Dry Creek is not so dry due to recent heavy rain. We can hear the birds chirping and enjoying the morning as we tromp through fallen leaves continuing to a paved trail beside a golf course. The trail circles the perimeter of the golf course through some residential areas back to a park trail as we return from our walk.
Note: We have been doing our club’s version of “Opt Outside” for many years at one or another of our year round walks. We formerly called it, “Walk off those extra calories from Thanksgiving dinner.” We are hoping that now that AVA has officially adopted the Opt Outside Day, we can get more participation. Thank you AVA!

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Morongo Valley

Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, 11055 E, Morongo Valley, CA 92256
Description: This is a surprise oasis among the barren hills of the desert. The trail is on dirt and boardwalks over a free flowing stream as well as a wonderful viewing area of the surrounding area. Bird watchers will be enchanted.
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Santa Rosa

Start Time: 9:00 am
Start Point: Lucky Market, 915 Village Ct, Santa Rosa, CA 95405
POC: Marilyn Nasi
Description: The walk will take you along the Prince Greenway, through Old Railroad Square where the Santa Rosa Visitor Center/California Welcome Center is located in the old train depot, where Shadow of a Doubt was filmed. Visit the History Museum of Sonoma County in the historic 1910 Post Office building and the new art museum near by. Several National Register of Historic Places! Great shops and restaurants! Free Rockin' Concerts in the Village near the Start location weekend afternoons and Thurs. evenings. www.mvshops.com.Wednesday night Farmers Market (starts at 5pm) in the recently re-joined Courthouse Square downtown. on the 10k route, or a couple blocks north from where you parked your car. First Friday Art Walks Downtown and SOFA (South A Street). Art Trails 2 weekends in October. Of course the Charles Schulz (creator of the Peanuts cartoon) Museum and Snoopy's Home Ice and gift shop is a short drive away in Northwest Santa Rosa.www.visitsantarosa.com.
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Squaw Valley

Start Time: 11:00 am
Start Point: The Village at Squaw Valley, 1750 Village East Rd. Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Description: This walk will take you through world-renown Squaw Valley near Lake Tahoe. Squaw Valley, also known as Olympic Valley, was the site for the 1960 Winter Olympics. This walk is one of a kind with 360° views of mountains (and some volcanoes). From the starting point, walk through the Village area, then on to view the historic Squaw Valley Chapel, one of 3 buildings remaining from the Olympics. Thereafter, you will walk along the valley floor, (6200' elevation) mostly on paved bike/walking paths that include views of the golf course, the hotel across the meadow named The Village at Squaw Valley, and many mountain homes. 10k walkers will view the "Tower of Nations" used in 1960, displaying the replica of the eternal Olympic flame.
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West Sacramento: Clarksburg Branch Line Trail

Start Time: 9:15 am
Start Point: Nugget Market, 2000 Town Center Plaza, W Sacramento, CA 95691
Description: Walk the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail, a former rail line converted to a paved trail followed by crushed stone. Signs mark the trail every tenth of a mile. This walk will take you past a tranquil pond and continues on a quiet and scenic trail with views of mature native oak trees and open-space fields that stretch to the Sacramento River. Small white tailed rabbits inhabit the brambles, horses can be seen grazing and many small and large species of birds occupy this natural setting. A new 5k loop has been added that takes you out of the back of the Nugget Market and lets you explore the neighborhoods and parks in that direction. Restrooms available at start and at the Nugget Market.
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Indy 'G' Walkers
Registration Time: 9:45 am
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: SE Parking lot, Sellick Bowl/Hinkle Fieldhouse, Butler University- 49th Street and Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN
POC: Cliff Terry
Description: The Indy 'G' Walkers present a 5 or a 11K guided walk to help trim your waistline after a hearty Thanksgiving feast. Both routes wander the beautiful Butler University campus with its lovely Holcomb Gardens. The start point is in the parking lot of the iconic Hinkle Fieldhouse, home of the basketball Bulldogs, perennial NCAA tournament contenders and film location for of the 1986 movie "Hoosiers". The 11K trail continues along the Central Canal towpath to the Virginia Fairbanks Art & Nature Park (100 Acres) which is part of the woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and the shoreline of the 35-acre lake. It's one of the largest museim art parks in the country. We will start the walk promptly at 10:30 am. Please arrive at the site at least 15 minutes before the start time to register. This walk will be confuced as a guided walk under AVA's Traveling Guided Walk (TGW).
Sign up on our Meetup website at https://www.meetup.com/Indiana-Volkssport-Walking-Meetup/events/250162469

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South Bend

Hoosier Hikers
Registration Time: 8:45 am
Start Time: 9:00 am
Start Point: Ivy Court Inn and Suites, 1404 Ivy Court, South Bend, Indiana 46637.
POC: Bob Buzolich
Description: Enjoy a serene experience on a historical university campus with much natural beauty. Walk routes will feature a gothic basilica, an infamous golden fome, a legendary football stadium and numerous public works of art.
This #OptOutside event will be conducted as a guided walk, and offer two distances: 5-K and 10-K. After registration, participants will be split into two or more groups based upon distance and speed. Pets are not allowed on the 10-K route.

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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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Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club
Registration Time: 9:40 am
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: Terrapin Park parking lot, 11950 Clopper Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20878
POC: Jone Parr
Description:Guided walk on Park roads -- scenic views of Park with wildlife sightings possible. Trail passes Clopper Lake, a playground and picnic shelters.
Driving Directions: From I-270 heading NORTH -- take Exit 10, Rt. 117, Clopper Rd. At light turn RIGHT onto Rt. 117 WEST, Clopper Rd. Follow Clopper Rd. several miles to Seneca Creek State Park entrance on LEFT. Enter park and CONTINUE STRAIGHT into the park, passing the contact booth. Turn RIGHT at the next intersection, and continue to the first road on left. Turn LEFT and immediately turn RIGHT into the parking lot of the playground -- where we will register for the walk.
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Walk 'n Mass Volkssport Club
Registration Time: 9:45am
Start Time: 10:00am
Start Point: Town parking lot on Keyes Road, behind the Visitor Center: Keyes Road, Concord, MA 01742
POC: Miriam Boucher
Description: 10K and 6K routes. Both walk routes initially cross the Concord River on the way to Minute Man National Historical Park, passing by the Minute Man statue and crossing over the Old North Bridge where the “shot heard round the world” was fired by Colonial farmers on April 19, 1775. The walks continue past the Old Manse, home of Emerson and Hawthorne, and enter into Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. The route then continues past the Colonial Inn, Monument Square, and the historic First Parish Church to the Concord Museum and Emerson House, before returning to the center of Concord. Two separate 1km optional loops can extend either 10km or 6km routes making 10, 11, or 12km and 6, 7, or 8km distances possible. From Concord Center, 10km walkers follow Main Street to go through a residential neighborhood and then return to the Concord Visitor Center and back to the start via a boardwalk to Lowell Road. The 6km route follows Main Street only to the Concord Visitor Center before returning to the start.
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Fall River

Walk 'n Mass Volkssport Club
Registration Time: 9:45am
Start Time: 10:00am
Start Point: Battleship Cove Gift Shop, 5 Water Street, Fall River, MA 02721
POC: Ann Plichta
Description: 10K and 6K routes. Battleship Cove has world's largest collection of historic naval ships. Route visits Columbia Street Cultural District with Portuguese influence, historic downtown neighborhoods, Lizzie Borden's House, city parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The 10K returns via Heritage State Park with magnificent Iwo Jima sculpture and goes through Veterans Bicentennial Park and along the boardwalk that hugs Taunton River and overlooks Battleship Cove.
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Black Mountain

Asheville Amblers
Registation Time: 12:30 pm
Start Time: 1:00 pm
Start Point: Town Hardware and General Store, 103 W. State Street, Black Mountain NC 28711
POC: Terry and Holly Reiling
Description: Nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, 15 miles East of Asheville, NC, walk through the quaint and picturesque town of Black Mountain called the "front porch of Western North Carolina" with its specialty shops and great dining. It has been ranked “One of the 50 Safest Towns in North Carolina” as well as the “Best Small Town in Western North Carolina.” Boasting spectacular mountain views, it was recently voted by Trip Advisor as one of the “Prettiest Small Towns in America to Vacation.” Formerly home to renowned Black Mountain College, Black Mountain is nationally recognized for arts, crafts, furniture, and music. It is currently home to over 200 businesses, including restaurants, bed and breakfasts, specialty shops, and four breweries.Stroll through Black Mountain’s attractive Town Square, with beautiful landscaping and oversized rocking chairs, as well as numerous gift shops, galleries, antique stores, ice cream parlors, and craft stores. There is also an authentic old fashioned general store – Town Hardware, Art Center, Valley Museum, and restored train depot selling arts & crafts. Meander along a serene greenway and around Lake Tomahawk. Visit the "Oaks" mansion repurposed for use by Montreat College. The start point itself is a shopping jewel. The best thing to do in Black Mountain is to lean back in one of the many rockers that line the streets of “the Little Town that Rocks,” take in the scenery, and breathe in magical, rejuvenating mountain air.
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Winston Wanderers Walking Club
Registation Time: 12:30 pm
Start Time: 1:00 pm
Start Point: Triad Park - Shelter #1, 9652 W Market St, Kernersville, NC 27284
POC: Lloyd Tolbert
Description: Rated 1A, Walk is on paved greenways and trails that meander around assorted types of ballfields, playgrounds, Frisbee golf course and Carolina Field of Honor. Triad Park is a joint venture of Forsyth and Guilford Counties. A total of 426 acres have been bought by the counties as a regional centerpiece park which has nature based park facilities nestled in the woods and meadows. The park is an ongoing project for many years, developing in phases with facilities and opportunities to meet the needs of all levels of recreation and leisure - a park for everyone! Youth under age 18 may walk free with credit. Donations are welcomed.
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Susquehanna Rovers Volksmarch Club
Registration Time: 8am - 1:30pm
Start Time: 8am - 4:30pm
Start Point: Hershey Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033
POC: Lorraine Jackson
Description: HersheyPark's Holiday Candy Lane, plus Chocolate World where you can take a free virtual tour of how cocoa beans turn into delicious Hershey chocolate.
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Susquehanna Rovers
Registration Time: 8:00 am
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: Hershey Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Avenue (Route 743), Hershey, PA 17033
POC: Lester Miller
Description: Walk goes by Zoo America and oldest cemetery in Derry Township. The Old Session House enclosed in Glass. Also downtown Hershey.
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US Freedom Walk Festival
Registration Time: 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Start Point: 605 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey PA 17033
POC: Dolores Grenier
Description: #Optoutside, Black Friday's new alternative! November 23, 2018. Why just walk on Friday when you have FOUR walks in two days!! AVA: America's Walking Club is joining REI's #OptOutside Campaign. Let's get out and walk on Black Friday and why not add Saturday for Hershey, Pennsylvania's WalkFest 2018
1.Hershey Walkfest - South Trail
The South Trail goes through quiet neighborhood areas and close to the massive Penn State Hershey Medical Center
2.Hershey Walkfest - Three Subway Walk
This trail was new last year and takes you through downtown Hershey and passes the hedge "Hershey" sign. The three smokestacks and navigates the three subways (tunnels) under the busy streets and railroad.
3.Hershey Walkfest - Candy Lane Walk
This is the walk that takes you to Candy Lane and Chocolate World where you can take a free virtual tour of how cocoa beans turn into delicious Hershey chocolate. Visit Zoo America for a fee.
4.Hershey Walkfest - Hummelstown Walk
Hummelstown is a small town a few miles west of Hershey. It was founded in 1762 by Frederik and Rosina Hummel. Its quarry boasted that it was the largest provider of brownstone on the East Coast. You will drive to Hummelstown after registering at the Hershey Recreation Center.


Liberty Bell Wanderers put this YRE on but the POC's are from the Washtenaw
Registration Time: 10:00 - 10:15 am
Start Time: 10:30 am
Start Point: Quality Inn & Suites, 7 S Pennsylvania Ave, Morrisville, PA
POC: Roxie & Rob Weaver
Description: Trail starts in Morrisville, PA a small borough named after Robert Morris a financier of the American Revolution. The Trail gives you views of the Delaware River, just down river from where Washington crossed the Delaware. The trail crosses over the bridge to Trenton, NJ - yes, this a border crossing and is the New Jersey Capital walk in case you are working on those special books. In New Jersey you will see the Capital building and the old governor mansion and the Old Barrack Museum before heading back over the bridge to Morrisville. The 10 KM takes you past George Washington's headquarters Summerseat.
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Chester County Red Rovers
Registration Time: 9:30 am
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: Artisans' Gallery & Cafe, 234 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
POC: Jeanne Clancy
Description: Phoenixville: Rising from the Ashes - Stroll through historic Phoenixville, former home of Phoenix Steel Works and Griffin, Smith & Hill, makers of Phoenixville's famous Majolica Pottery. Along the way, you pass other evidence of Phoenixville's industrial past, including the restored Foundry and an underwear and shoelace factory. The Colonial Theatre, the centerpiece of Phoenixville's renaissance, was featured in "The Blob" (1958) and commemorates the film every summer during Blob Fest. 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 to Lock 60. Phoenixville features a farmers' market, many restaurants, wine bars, brew pubs, and a distillery, as well as numerous events and festivals, including Blob Fest, Phoenixville Food Week, the Dogwood Festival (May), the Phoenixville Blues Festival (September), Food Truck Festival and more.
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Colorado River Walkers of Austin Texas
Georgetown Historical Y1037
Registration Time: 12:45 pm
Start Time: 1:00 pm
Start Point: Visitors Center at 103 W 7th street, Georgetown TX 78626
POC: Carol Obianwu
Description: We start at the Visitor Center which is on Historic Georgetown Square. This NEW route takes you through old Georgetown and past the entrance to Southwestern University. We enter South San Gabriel Trail which goes through Chautauqua Park to Blue Hole Park. The Bonner Trail will be right along the banks of the South San Gabriel River to where it joins the North Fork San Gabriel River. The final part is through McMaster Athletic Complex and the Bark Park. Distances of 6/7/10k are possible. Since the Holiday lightening of the Square takes place early evening, there is opportunity for walkers to stay awhile, perhaps dine, and enjoy the festivities.
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San Antonio

Selma Pathfinders
Registration Time: 9:am - 12 noon
Start Point: Mission San Jose Church, 701 East Pyron Avenue, San Antonio, TX
POC: Mike Schwencke
Description: Escape the frenzy of Black Friday shopping with a beautiful walk along the San Antonio River.
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Dallas Trekkers Walking Club
Registration Time: 9:00 am
Start Time: 9:00 am
Start Point: 6465 Refuge Rd, Sherman, TX 75092
POC: Dianne Duke
Description: Hangerman National Wildlife Refuge is known for migratory birds by the thousands that use the rerefuge for winter quarters or to refuel for their migration journey. Participants will register at the Visitor Center and drive to the Big Mineral Picnic Area and the Meadow Pond Trailhead where the walk will start and finish. As you drive to the start point, look for Snow Geese and other migrating geese and ducks. The trail is a 5km or 10km out and back on an old railway bed that features Deaver and Meadow Ponds, Mineral Creek, and bottomland hardwoods. As you walk watch for winter birds, white-tailed deer, turtles, fox squirrels and other rarer wildlife such as river otter, bobcat, or coyotes.
Directions: Drive north on US 75 to Sherman, TX. Take exit 63 toward US-82/Gainsville. Turn left to W Hwy 82. Drive 4.8 miles to exit 636 for TX-289. Drive 4.6 miles and turn left on Refuge Rd. Drive 3.8 miles to the Visitor Center on your right.

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Northwest Tulip Trekkers
Registration Time: 9:45 am
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: Whatcom Community College Pavilion, 237 Pavilion Road, Bellingham, WA
POC: Tim Fisher
Description: Whatcom Community College campus, wooded trails, residential neighborhoods, new city park.
Directions to Start: Driving I-5 southbound take exit 258 Bakerview exit, left over I-5, left on Eliza Ave, pass Westerly Rd then right into the parking lot of Whatcom Community College (Purple lot). Northbound I-5 take exit 256B Meridian St exit, left on Bellis Fair Pkwy, pass Target and left on Eliza Ave, cross Bakerview, then turn right just past Westerly Rd and into the parking lot (Purple) of Whatcom Community College. Park just past the tennis courts near Pavilion building; we'll meet to register and start at the table in front of the Pavilion building.

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Interlaken Trailblazers Volkssport Club
Registration Time: 9:15 am
Start Time: 9:30 am
Start Point: QFC (Bella Botega Center), 8867 161 Ave NE, Redmond, WA
POC: Sharon Moats
Description: Enjoy a new route (loop 2) along the Sammamish River, through parks, Redmond Town Center and along the Corridor Trail enjoying artwork and nature along the route.
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FS Family Wanderers
Registration Time: 9:45 am
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: 7-11 Store, 2429 Harbor Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98126
POC: Michelle Roberts
Description: Walk on city sidewalks along Alki Beach on Puget Sound. Enjoy views of Mt. Rainier, the Olympic mountains, the Seattle skyline, and a monument to Seattle's birthplace. Watch Washington State ferries travel to Bremerton and Bainbridge Island. The 10K route continues to the Log House Museum, Constellation Park on Beach Drive, and the Alki Beach Lighthouse. Restrooms available along beach.
Special Note: This is a group walk of our Alki Beach YRE 0596. You will need to register at the 7-11 and then drive a short distance to the start of the walk.
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Daffodi Valley Volkssport Association
Start Time: 10:00 am
Start Point: REI Sumner Distribution Center, 1700 45th Street East, Sumner, WA 98352
Description: 5K or 10K on the Sumner Link Trail. Walk at your own speed. For more information: www.meetup.com/South-Sound-Walkers

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Vancouver USA Volkssporters
Registration Time: 8:40 am
Start Time: 8:55 am
Start Point: David Douglas Park, 1016 N Garrison Road, Vancouver, WA 98664
POC: Dick Baker
Description: A Stately Walk--walk through attractive neighborjoods touching on 20 different state-named streets. Specifically tailored to meet the Walk the USA-Street by Street challenge.