Wanderbirds Hiking Club

An 80-Year Tradition of Hiking the Washington, DC Area

Mark Your Calendar

  • March 3: Annual Meeting, 1pm, PATC HQ
  • April 2: Annual Dinner, O'Sullivans Irish Pub, Arlington
  • June 24: Annual Picnic, Shenandoah River State Park
  • September 28-30: Jamboree, Prince William National Forest
  • December 15: Holiday Party, N. Shirlington Community Center



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Founded in 1934, the Wanderbirds Hiking Club is a non-profit, all-volunteer club that organizes day hikes every Sunday, year-round, for energetic folks in the Washington, DC area. With only a couple of exceptions during the year, you do not have to be a member of the Club to hike with us!

Our hikers range in age from 7 to over 80, and we welcome fast, experienced hikers as well as slower or beginning hikers. There's room for all on the trail! Beginning hikers please click here for more information.

Just about every Sunday hike goes by chartered bus; occasionally we go by car pool. Just relax, while our experienced coach driver transports you to the trailhead, and enjoy snacks, beverages, and maybe a snooze on your way home. It sure beats driving yourself!

The bus fare for this all-day outing is $20 for Wanderbirds club members. Fare for non-members is $25. Both fares are reduced from our earlier prices. Payment can be made via cash or check and it will be collected by the hike leaders on the bus. What else do you know that has gone down in price recently?! When we use carpools, hikers pay a $5.00 administrative fee to the club, and $10.00 to their driver to defray expenses.

For hikes beginning inside Shenandoah National Park, the Park Service collects an individual entrance fee of $10.00 per non-commercial bus passenger. This is separate from the Wanderbirds hike fee. Valid, signed, Interagency-Annual (IA-Annual), IA-Senior (formally Golden Eagle or Golden Age) and Shenandoah Annual passes are accepted for entry. Pass holders must have the pass and photo ID ready when entering the park. Pass-holders are allowed 3 guests. This rule typically allows the bus to enter the park without an additional fee. Frequent hikers are urged to invest in a National Park Pass.

We offer at least two hikes each Sunday:

Our hikes will take you to:

For every hike, we provide experienced hike leaders, red arrow trail markers and trail maps. Refreshments are available on the bus after the hike and during the ride home.

If you sign up for a hike, don't be a no-show! For our no-show policy, click here.

You may reach our club officers by e-mail from our contact page.