New Jersey Hiking Clubs

New Jersey Hiking ClubsEven though it is not traditionally known for its scenic beauty, New Jersey is home to a variety of regions perfectly situated for advanced and casual hiking. Hiking clubs within the state help bring hikers together to take advantage of the oak and pine forests to the south or the Atlantic coast to the east.

New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

The New York-New Jersey Trail conference is a nonprofit organization that consists of a collection of more than 100 clubs and membership surpassing 10,000 people. The conference has been around since 1920 and works toward preserving trails in the region for future hikers to enjoy. The group works with private landowners and government agencies to meet their goals. Members receive discounts at many outdoors outlets and are also invited to join in training workshops as well as volunteer projects.

Adventures for Women

Adventures for Women is a hiking group that aims at teaching women how to have fun in the outdoors while learning skills and gaining confidence. Volunteer hiking guides are hiking enthusiasts that range from teachers to students to office jockeys to stay-at-home mothers. They host hikes for beginners, intermediate and advanced hikers. A comprehensive guide schedule can be found on its website, with hike locations, times and skill level required. The group publishes a biannual newsletter as well as periodic articles on hiking-related issues. The club is also a part of the New York-New Jersey Conference. Adventures for Women meets at least once if not twice or more a week.

Outdoor Club of South Jersey Meetup

The OCSJ plans hundreds of hikes, backpacking and camping events every year. The meetup group has over 1,300 members with active participation in activies. Annual dues are $20 per person but family discounts are available.

Article Written By Mary Freeman

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.

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