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March is Great for Hiking

Individuals who love nature, hiking and staying fit—especially during the winter season—are encouraged to check out the latest free outings set for this month with the Indianapolis Hiking Club. The club is celebrating 61 years of passion for the outdoors and leading nature lovers on more than 2,000 hikes a year; multiple hikes are offered every day in locations throughout Central Indiana.

The hiking club, with 550-plus members, defines its purpose as “to encourage a love of nature through the promotion of outdoor recreation in the form of hikes and outings.” They offer guided and self-guided hikes in a variety of locations that feature different terrains, surfaces and speeds for a range of distances, including up to eight miles.

March’s schedule involves hikes in several scenic locations around the Indianapolis area, including Eagle Creek Park, Garfield Park/Pleasant Run, and Crown Hill Cemetery. Additional hikes explore Brown County, Central Park/Monon Trail in Carmel, and the Meridian Woods on Indianapolis’ south side.

In addition, a trip from March 7 through 10 is planned in conjunction with the famous Philadelphia Flower Show, with three days of hiking including a Valley Forge National Historical Park hike and various downtown and historic Philadelphia sites.

Everyone 18 years or older is welcome, no invitation or RSVP is necessary, and there’s no fee for local hikes. Hikers are encouraged to arrive at the departure location at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the hike. Pets are welcome on designated outings only.

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