Outdoor Stores in Washington, DC

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Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

A volunteer-based organization headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. The PATC was founded in 1927 by the visionaries who planned and built the Appalachian Trail. The club now manages more than 1,050 miles of hiking trails in the Mid-Atlantic region, along with cabins, shelters, and hundreds of acres of conserved land.
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Washington Area Bicyclist Association

The mission of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association is to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment, and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.
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Capitol Hiking Club

Experience the wilderness 52 weeks a year with CHC, a non-profit hiking group who welcomes the public to join us on all hikes. We specialize in hiking options that challenge all skill levels and fulfilling the varied interests of our hikers. Weekly hikes: Long hikes of 9 to 12 miles Or an alternative hike of 5 to 9 miles Social time with post hike refreshments
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Wanderbirds Hiking Club

Founded in 1934, the Wanderbirds Hiking Club is a non-profit, all volunteer club that organizes day hikes every Sunday, year round, for energetic folks in the Washington, DC area. You do not have to be a member of the Club to hike with us. Our hikers range in age from 7 to over 80, and we welcome fast, experienced hikers as well as slower or beginning hikers. There's room for all on the trail! Beginning hikers please click here for more information. We charter a bus for nearly all hikes; occasionally we go by car pool. Relax while our experienced coach driver transports you to the trailhead. Enjoy snacks, beverages, and maybe a snooze on your way home. Beats driving yourself !!
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The Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group

We are a laid back group of diverse people who enjoy hiking with others while exploring trails in Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. A sense of humor is a must and we are very much a social hiking group. Our group focuses on camaraderie and safety while having good times out on the trail and leading an active liefestyle! We enjoy Mother Natures diversity as well as our own! So get your rear in gear and join us for a hike and see you out on the trail soon!
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Center Hiking Club

The CHC sponsors outdoor recreational activities. We offer hiking, biking, camping, backpacking, cross-country skiing, canoeing, swimming, ice skating, picnicking, scenic driving tours and more. Our schedules include everything from sunset hikes along the Potomac River to strenuous mountain hikes. All we require from you is proper equipment, a sociable attitude, and a willingness to discover "new" and interesting places to see. Everyone (18 and older) is encouraged to join. Bring your children (no pets please), but we can not accept unsupervised minors.
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Northern Virginia Hiking Club

For its size (approximately 650 members) the Northern Virginia Hiking Club offers an amazing number and variety of outdoor activities. Typically at least two hikes are offered each week: one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Quite often special activities such as backpacking, bicycling, camping, canoeing, cross-country skiing, moonlight hiking, and white water rafting are also offered. Typical day hike destinations include the Shenandoah National Park, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, and various other national, state and regional parks located around the DC metropolitan area. Special activities may involve farther destinations.
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Mountain Club of Maryland

The Mountain Club of Maryland is a Baltimore-based volunteer organization that is centered on hiking. They support Leave No Trace principles, work on local trails and on the nation's first National Scenic Trail, the Appalachian Trail. We organize and lead other outdoor activities, such as camping, seasonal canoe trips, and backpacking weekends. We have a year-round schedule with hikes for all fitness levels in local parks and paths, in State Parks, National Parks, National Forests, and sites in and around Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Delaware.
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Washington Women Outdoors

Washington Women Outdoors (WWO) is a non-profit organization that is run almost entirely by volunteers. We engage in outdoor activities in the Washington, DC area where women share skills, experience, strengths, and support to enhance and expand each woman's world. We welcome women of diverse ages, races, and lifestyles. WWO provides instruction by women for women. Activities are available for all skill levels to inspire the beginner and to challenge the more advanced.
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American Hiking Society

For the last three decades, American Hiking Society has been at the forefront protecting the nation's trails and the hiking experience. Our deep roots in outdoor recreation, advocacy, volunteering and experiencing nature through hiking bring me enormous pride and satisfaction. Hiking our nation's trails offers Americans boundless opportunities to enjoy nature, renew themselves and establish a lifetime of fitness. American Hiking Society works toward ensuring that hiking trails and natural places are cherished and preserved for us and for future generations as well. Join American Hiking Society. Be a trail volunteer. Protect and enjoy nature. Hike.
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Babes on Bikes

Babes on Bikes is a group of women who enjoy bicycling and meet regularly to bike the paved trails and quiet roads in northern Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland. We have rides every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The leaders of these rides post ride announcements via our private e-mail list. To sign up for this list, please click on the link to the right and we will contact you soon with instructions on how to join. Please also visit our Hold Harmless agreement before joining our group.
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Canoe Cruisers Association: The Canoe and Kayak Club of Greater Washington, DC

The Canoe Cruisers Association of Greater Washington, DC, founded in 1956, has members from Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia and other nearby regions. We are a kayak and canoe club whose main purpose is to unite persons interested in paddling the Potomac River Basin and adjacent watersheds.
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Sierra Club - Virginia Chapter

From hikes to bicycle rides to canoe trips to public forums on climate change, Virginia Chapter Groups offer a wide variety of opportunities to protect and preserve our Virginia environment. Our twelve Groups hold regular meetings, sponsor local area outings, including backpacking, hiking, caving, biking, and service opportunities at local parks, and participate in advocacy efforts protecting local natural resources.
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Sierra Club - Washington, DC Chapter

With over 3,600 members and supporters, the Washington, D.C., Chapter of the Sierra Club is the city's foremost grassroots environmental organization, working to improve and protect the District's environment through education, outreach and political engagement. Check us out and see how you can make a difference!
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Sierra Club - Maryland Chapter

Join the Maryland Sierra Club as we explore and enjoy the mountains, waters, and shores that shape and define the Old Line State.
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Bike Maryland

Our mission is to promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions, and provide a voice for bicyclists in Maryland.
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Bike Walk Virginia

A 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, we work to inspire more human powered recreation and transportation. Learn from us, act with us to help create change, and ride with us to celebrate the joys of simple active living.
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Virginia Bicycling Federation

The Virginia Bicycling Federation works to change public policy and community attitudes, to improve the safety, convenience, and acceptance of bicycling in Virginia; and to promote bicycling for transportation, recreation, public health and economic development.
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The Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts (MORE)

MORE (The Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts), Inc. is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization representing thousands of area mountain bikers. Founded in 1992, MORE maintains more than 400 miles of natural-surface trails in 41 state and county parks throughout the region. MORE members contribute more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually and have constructed nearly 100 miles of new, sustainable trail. The club also leads hundreds of rides each year at local parks, ranging from beginner to advanced levels. MORE is committed to environmentally sound and socially responsible mountain biking, facilitating recreational trail cycling, educating about the sport of mountain biking, maintaining local trails, and advocating for increased multi-user trail access.
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Fairfax Trails and Streams (FTAS)

In heavily-developed Fairfax County, stream valleys are our last opportunity to create a long network of interconnected off-road trails. Yet such trails, where they exist at all, are fragmented and disconnected. Fairfax Trails and Streams (FTAS), a grassroots trail and environmental advocacy group, aims to create this network, and help protect the watershed. Our primary projects are the Pimmit Run Trail in McLean and the Cross County Trail (CCT). We publish a biweekly e-mail newsletter, meet monthly in McLean, lead hikes and organize trail construction/maintenance crews. We work with landowners, trail user groups, and government officials to help complete these networks of scenic trails. FTAS originated the concept of the Cross-County Trail in 1997. FTAS did extensive research to identify a feasible and scenic route. In June 1999, FTAS led the first Cross-County Hike, from Lorton to Great Falls Visitors Center. The group received the American Hiking Society's Trail Development Award in 2000. Our roots go back to 1990 when we made the first organized attempt to build the Pimmit Run Trail, from Chain Bridge to the Tysons/Olney Park/West Falls Church area. Since then we've continued to promote the creation of the Pimmit Run Trail and helped make the Cross-County Trail a reality.
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Great Falls Trails Blazers (GFTB)

The Great Falls Trail Blazers formed in 1999 with the goal of creating a multi-use trail system shared by pedestrians, horses, and bicyclists. The group now has more than 750 members. The Great Falls Trail Blazers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization eligible to receive grant moneys and tax-exempt donations.
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Trails for Youth

It started in 2002 when co-founders Patrick and Julie Childers noticed the kids didn't know the bike trails existed and found themselves looking for opportunities to be outside. Avid cyclists and nature lovers, they combined their efforts, passions and dedication to helping the kids they saw in their diverse neighborhood be more healthy. And so it began. At Trails for Youth.Org we believe that all kids should have the opportunity to connect to the natural world around them. We hope you can join us on our journey! 2009 Rocky Gap, MD Camping Trip Whether they are on the trail to school, dirt trail or trail of life we provide the opportunity for children to be healthier and more confident. Kids leave from their adventure with a sense of accomplishment, a fond memory and new knowledge about themselves and their world.
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