The Local Hiker

Outdoor Leadership School The mission at GOLS is to enhance quality of life and personal growth through outdoor recreation and education. By providing active living opportunities, they promote wellness and lifestyle changes for participants of all ages.  


Boy Scouts of America  BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. Local council information for the Spartanburg area can be found at

Girl Scout of America GSA builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Local council information for the Spartanburg area can be found at

Leave No Trace  LNT refers to a set of trail ethics. LNT principles are designed to promote conservation in the outdoors. The organization Leave No Trace exists to educate people on their impact on nature as well as the principles of LNT to prevent and minimize such impacts. Leave No Trace is built on seven principles: Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and Be Considerate of Other Visitors. 

SC Trails Get the most out of South Carolina an all it has to offer.

Foothills Trail Conference  Whether you are looking for a long-distance backpacking trip or an exciting day-hike, the Foothills Trail offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore the Southern Appalachians. About 77 miles in length, the Foothills Trail is located along the Blue Ridge Escarpment in Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina. The trail is within easy driving distance of Greenville, Asheville, Charlotte, and Atlanta.

American Hiking Society  As the national voice for America’s hikers, American Hiking Society promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy ATC's mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

Partners for Active Living PAL's transforms Spartanburg County into a vibrant, healthy, connected community where we live and grow.