Outdoor Leadership School

http://www.setgols.org 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.  

SC Trails

http://sctrails.net/trails/ Get the most out of South Carolina an all it has to offer.

Foothills Trail Conference

http://www.foothillstrail.org/  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

http://www.americanhiking.org/  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

http://www.appalachiantrail.org/ 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

http://active-living.org/ PAL's transforms Spartanburg County into a vibrant, healthy, connected community where we live and grow.


Boy Scouts of America

http://www.scouting.org/  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 http://palmettocouncil.org/

Girl Scout of America

http://www.girlscouts.org/ 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 http://www.gssc-mm.org/

Leave No Trace

http://lnt.org/  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. 

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