American Canoe Association (ACA)  Founded in 1880, is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

American Hiking Society  (800) 972-8608  Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. As the national voice for hikers, American Hiking Society recognizes that foot trails and hiking are essential to connect people with nature, conserve open space, provide biological corridors for diverse plants and wildlife, and for the health of Americans and our natural environment. We represent millions of hikers who are committed to beautiful places to hike and believe that the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a worthwhile legacy to leave future generations.

American Red Cross  Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross is one of the nation’s premier humanitarian organizations. It’s dedicated to helping people in need throughout the United States and, in association with other Red Cross networks, throughout the world. We depend on the many generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs.

American Whitewater  Founded in 1954, American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization (Non-profit # 23-7083760) with a mission “to conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.” American Whitewater is a membership organization representing a broad diversity of individual whitewater enthusiasts, river conservationists, and more than 100 local paddling club affiliates across America. The organization is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States, and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve the goals within its mission.

Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)  Delaware Valley  The Delaware Valley Chapter includes information regarding hikes in southeastern PA.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy  Includes information regarding hiking basics plus Thru & Section Hiking on the AT.  Contact: Sara Haxby.

Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA)  Is a cross country ski group that builds and maintains trails near Lake Placid, NY for multiple purposes.

Blackwater River Environmental Improvement Association (BRIEA)  Is a  non-profit group that maintains trails near Booneville, NY.  These free trails are for: cross country skiing, hiking, & cycling.

Brandywine Conservancy  Describes their conservation and trail creation programs in the Brandywine Valley. Contact: Sheila Fleming.

Brandywine Creek State Park  Contact: Sheila Linn

Chester County Trail Club (CCTC)  Although hiking is the main activity of the club, the members are also concerned with environmental issues, conservation, ecology and hiking education. Members are educated about safety on the trail, proper dress and footwear, water consumption guidelines and back-packing know-how.

Delaware Greenways  Has been a leader in the development and management of byways, greenways, and trails for almost a quarter century.  Includes information and maps. Contact: Mary Roth

Delaware Nature Society  Delaware Nature Society works to improve the environment through conservation, advocacy, and education. We are state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation and are renowned for our educational programming and advocacy which provides the tools for communities to take action and protect the environment through land preservation and watershed stewardship. Contact: Joe Sebastiani

Delaware State Forests j  The Delaware State Forest Service manages three state forests totaling more than 20,000 acres; Blackbird Forest near Smyrna, Taber Forest near Harrington, and Redden Forest near Georgetown. The forests are managed for a variety of objectives including: timber production, wildlife habitat enhancement, forest management demonstration, and recreational opportunities.

Delaware State Parks  The Division of Parks and Recreation operates and maintains 17 state parks and related preserves and greenways throughout Delaware. The state’s land protection programs are also administered by the Division. The Division is additionally responsible for providing recreational opportunities and educational and interpretive programs for the public. Our mission is to provide Delaware’s residents and visitors with safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities and open spaces, responsible stewardship of the lands and the cultural and natural resources that we have been entrusted to protect and manage, and resource-based interpretive and educational services.

Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area  Fair Hill is a 5,656 acre Natural Resources Management Area, where multiple management practices are employed for the maximum use and protection of Maryland’s natural resources. Bordered by Pennsylvania to the north and less than one half mile west of Delaware, Fair Hill is known for its pristine fields, woodlands and natural beauty. Contact: Sarah Chambers (

Friends of Bellevue State Park  Contact: Wilma Yu

Friends of Brandywine Creek State Park  Contact: David Sheppard

Friends of Lum’s Pond State Park  Contact: Clara Robbs

Friends of Ridley Creek State Park  Contact: Jack Miller

Friends of White Clay Creek State Park  The Friends of White Clay Creek State Park is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers. Our mission is the protection and preservation of the park and surrounding creek valley through needs assessment, enhancement projects, public relations, and education. Contact: David Koppeser

Friends of White Clay Creek State Preserve  A volunteer community service organization committed to supporting Pennsylvania’s White Clay Creek Preserve through improvement and maintenance projects, educational programs, and fundraising efforts. Friends of White Clay Creek Preserve (PA) was chartered by a group of concerned citizens to support the Pennsylvania portion of the White Clay Creek Preserve and Park system in March 2012. It is a local chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping all of Pennsylvania’s state parks, forests and preserves. Contact: Scotty Crowder

Friends of Wilmington State Parks (302) 656-3665  Contact: Brenda Good

Hagley Museum  Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers’ community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the DuPont family. Contact: Vanessa Spence

Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy  The Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy is a 100% volunteer run organization with the mission to maintain and protect all 148 miles of the H-ST from Valley Forge, PA to its junction with the Appalachian Trail, north of Harrisburg. The purpose of the Horse-Shoe Trail Conservancy shall be to protect, preserve, and maintain the Horse-Shoe Trail for hikers and equestrians forever.

Jewish Community Center  The Siegel JCC is a non-profit community center where people of all faiths and backgrounds come together to learn, share, play, and celebrate. Contact: Josh Kashinsky

John Heinz Nature Preserve  John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is America’s First Urban Refuge and was established in 1972 for the purpose of preserving, restoring, and developing the natural area known as Tinicum Marsh, to promote environmental education, and to afford visitors an opportunity to study wildlife in its natural habitat. Contact: Ron Miller

Kent County Parks & Recreation  Contact: Jeremy Sheppard

Keystone Trails Association (KTA) The mission is to provide, protect, preserve, and promote recreational hiking trails and hiking opportunities in Pennsylvania.Includes information about PA Trails and KTA’s maintenance efforts Contact: Shanna Klucar

Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County (610) 347-0347  The mission is to ensure the perpetual preservation and stewardship of open space, natural resources, historic sites, and working agricultural lands throughout Southern Chester County. Contact: Jennifer Kriesel ( or

Maryland State Parks  The Forest Service restores, manages, and protects Maryland’s trees, forests, and forested ecosystems to sustain our natural resources and connect people to the land.

Mason Dixon Trail System Includes information about hiking trails and a “Mason-Dixon Trail Distance Calculator”. Contact: Mike Ott

Natural Lands Owns and manages 42 preserves spanning over 22,000 acres, including the: Peacedale, Stroud and ChesLen Preserves.

Nature Conservancy  DE Chapter the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

New Jersey State Forests & Parks  In 1970, New Jersey became the third state in the country to consolidate its past programs into a unified major agency to administer aggressive environmental protection and conservation efforts. The role is to manage natural resources and solve pollution problems.

Newark Senior Center  The Newark Senior Center enhances the lives of the 50+ community by providing resources and opportunities for growth in body, mind and spirit. Contact: Katie Rivera

Outdoor Club of South Jersey  Includes information about club activities—hiking, cycling, canoeing and cross-country skiing.

Pennsylvania State Forests & Parks  Manages 200,000 acres for hiking, picnicking, camping, fishing, hunting, boating, wildlife watching, and so much more. Pennsylvania State Parks do not charge an entrance fee.

REI (Christiana, DE)  Contact: Chris Constable,

REI (Conshohocken, PA)  Contact: Anthony Jacobson

Rockwood Park Preservation Society  Contact: Philip Nord

Sierra Club of Delaware  DE Chapter works on water protection, including the defense of the Delaware River from destructive industrial development and dredging. Works on climate protection, habitat protection, and environmental justice.

Team River Runner  Southeast PA provides health and healing for military injured, active duty, recovering veterans and disabled members of the community through therapeutic whitewater kayaking and other forms of adventure paddling.

Trail Creek Outfitters  Contact: Nicole Stewart

Trail Spinners  Is a tristate cycling group that also works on trails. Contact: Nick Hepler

White Clay Creek State Park – Management  Contact: Deborah Davies

White Clay Creek State Park – Programs  (302) 368-6560 Contact: Angel Burns

White Clay Creek State Preserve – Management Contact: Rob Campion

Winona Forest Recreation Association Is a cross country ski group that builds and maintains trails near Pulaski, NY.
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York Hiking Club  Maintains some sections of the Conestoga, Appalachian and Mason-Dixon Trail Systems. Our purpose is to promote hiking and appropriate use of outdoor recreational assets. Our purpose is to promote hiking and appropriate use of outdoor recreational assets. Our members include all kinds of people of all ages who share an interest in hiking and walking.

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