People have taken walks in the woods throughout the history of humanity.
After all, before industrialization brought about roads, vehicles, and centralized cities, most people lived in rural areas and walked or rode horses to get around.
In the U.S., hiking became a luxury and pastime by the early 20th century. Hiking clubs began to form as early as the 1850s.
By the 1930s, the Forest Service recognized hiking as one of the most prominent uses of public land.
Your hiking group carries on a long tradition of enjoying the great outdoors! Find a name for the group below, or scroll past the list to see our tips for creating your own.
Friends of the Forest
[City/County/Region] Hikers Association
Started From the Bottom
The Exploring Circle of [City/County/Region]
inspired by the earliest known hiking club in New England
Together We Perspire
[City/County/Region] Wilderness Club
The Evergreen Club
Leave No Trace
[City/County/Region] Outdoor Adventure Club
Hill Is a Four-Letter Word
named after the naturalist writer John Muir
The Good Walk
The Wolf Pack
[City/County/Region] Hiking Club
Men of the Mountain
named after Oregon’s Tillamook State Forest
Defeaters of Mountains
Wild Earth Association
named after Acadia National Park
The Sparrow Spotters
for groups that love seeing birds and wildlife while hiking
[City/County/Region] Explorers Club
Rugged Walkers Association
named after Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
Mind Over Matter
Blue Ridge Club
named after the Blue Ridge Mountains
The Woodsy Ones
Lost in the Woods
The Heel Strikers
named after Virginia’s Cumberland State Forest
inspired by bristlecone pine trees
[City/County/Region] Outdoor Club
Bringing Up the Rear
Hiking Group Name Generator
How to Create Your Own Hiking Group Names
Hiking group names can show reverence for the outdoors, reflect the interests and demographics of your group members, or follow traditions carried on by hikers before you.
Keep the following tips in mind to brainstorm your own unique hiking group names:
- List your favorite things about the outdoors. Is it the fresh air, the wildlife, or the challenge that draws you to hike? Listing your favorite things about hiking can help you come up with names like “The Sparrow Spotters” (if you love birdwatching) or “The Bristlecones” (if you hike in the Rocky Mountains and love bristlecone pine trees).
- Consider your group’s interests and style. Do you get together on Saturdays? Consider a name like “Saturday Ramblers.” Or, do you strive for great heights? You could go for “The Elevationists.” Think of what your group likes and how you hike to create a name that perfectly fits.
- Get inspiration from history. Historically, hiking groups have had names like “The Exploring Circle” and “The Alpine Club.” Take inspiration from these names or adapt them to suit your group. For example, you could use “The Exploring Circle of Hiawatha” if you primarily hike in the Hiawatha National Forest.
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- Rocky Mountain Journal, "Key Milestones in Hiking"
- Dr. Odd, "Hiking Team Names 2021: Best, Funny, Cool"