Atlanta is home to several walking and hiking clubs that offer group outings and adventures for members of all ages and physical abilities. In addition, organizations like Trees Atlanta and the Atlanta Preservation Center offer group walks and activities in parks and historic neighborhoods. Outdoor outfitter REI also offers hikes and other activities through their Atlanta, Perimeter and Kennesaw stores.

  • Georgia Walkers: Affiliated with the American Volkssport Association, Georgia Walkers hosts walking events and sponsors more than a dozen non-competitive 6.2-mile walks each year at various locations around Atlanta and the state.
  • Atlanta Outdoor Club: Established in 2000, the club hosts a wide variety of outdoor activities for adults of all ages. The club is free to join.
  • Mosaic Jewish Outdoor Club of Georgia: Affiliated with Mosaic Outdoor Clubs of America, the local group hosts walks, hikes, and other adventures throughout the year. Events are open to adults of all interests, abilities and denominations.
  • Women’s Outdoor Network (WON): This membership organization (yearly dues $15) sponsors group walks, runs, and a myriad of other activities for women age 18 and older.

—by Ren and Helen Davis

Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is a freelance writer and editor based in metro Atlanta.