There are several organizations that have walks and promote walking as an activity. Here is a brief description of some walking groups with links to websites or information on how to contact them. If you know of a group with free walks in the Portland metropolitan area, please contact Steph Routh (503.223.1597).
American Volkssports Association (Oregon) - Provide walking events, bikes, occasional swims, and snowshoes every year throughout Oregon. All events are open to the public.
Columbia River Volkssport Club - Organizes quality non-competitive walking events in scenic and historic areas.
East County Wind Walkers - A Volkswalking group based in Gresham, Oregon.
Mazamas, Street Rambles - This organization of hikers offers twice weekly walks in Portland, departing from the REI store at NW 14th and Johnson.
Metro Walk There - Explore historic neighborhoods and scenic natural areas with 50 downloadable treks in Portland and Vancouver from Metro's Walk There! guide book.
Portland Metro Urban Hikers Meetup Group - This meetup specializes in hikes in and around the Portland metro urban area. Most hikes will be dog friendly and accessible by bus.
Portland Senior Strolls - A program designed to offer seniors an easy, pleasant, social walking experience, and to give them the confidence to consider walking as a transportation option. Strolls range from 1 to 2 plus miles in length.
Portland Ten Toe Express - A series of guided walks in Portland that is free and open to all.
Portland Walking Routes - A website with a collection of walking routes, designed to help people discover Portland.
Racewalkers Northwest - An organization dedicated to physical fitness through safe, systematic training and mental fitness through competition. All ages and racewalking abilities welcome.
Southwest Trails Group - A committee of Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. that has group walks leaving from the Hillsdale neighborhood.
Wonders of Walking - For walkers for all levels, motivations, skills and goals to come together to motivate and support each other, and have fun.
(Photo credit: Anne Meagher)