Protecting the Places You Love to Hike

Advocate for Hiking Access + Improve Trails

We envision a world where everyone feels welcome in the American hiking community and has permanent access to meaningful hiking, including urban, frontcountry, and backcountry opportunities.

Advocate

American Hiking works with Congress, federal agencies, and partners on policy issues and legislation to ensure funding for trails, preservation of public lands, and protection of the hiking experience.

American Hiking NextGen Trail Leaders stand in front of the US Capitol.
American Hiking NextGen Trail Leaders on Capitol Hill.

Calling All Young Outdoor Enthusiasts and Public Lands Advocates

American Hiking Society (AHS) invites applications for its fifth class of NextGen Trail Leaders. With the goal to welcome all into the hiking community and advance public lands advocacy, we’re seeking five individuals, aged 18-40, from across the country who are interested in gaining advocacy experience and be a voice of young hikers for advocacy and stewardship. 2023 will be an important year in outdoor advocacy, and AHS is looking to support new voices to lead the way!

 

Deadline to apply is December 4, 2022.

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American Hiking Society volunteer with hard hat and gloves laughs.
Volunteer Vacation crew in Coconino Natl. Forest.
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Volunteer

Trails don't maintain themselves. Individuals of any age and experience level can become trail stewards. Give back to the trails you love, meet new people, and enjoy the experience!

2022 Volunteer Vacation Registration is Open

Work hard, get dirty, dig deep...and feel immensely rewarded.

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Alternative Breaks

Make Friends. Make Memories. Make a Difference.

 Volunteer trail stewardship projects in America’s parks and forests designed specifically for college student groups and young professionals. Part volunteer work project, part kick-back outdoor vacation.

Alternative Breaks

Make Friends. Make Memories. Make a Difference.

 Volunteer trail stewardship projects in America’s parks and forests designed specifically for college student groups and young professionals. Part volunteer work project, part kick-back outdoor vacation.

With the support of our donors, sponsors, and partners, American Hiking has improved trail access for millions of Americans.

We've Mobilized
Trail Volunteers
We've Facilitated
Miles of Trail Maintenance & Construction
Volunteers Have Contributed
$ Million
in Volunteer Labor

Every day, numerous threats encroach upon the more than 200,000 miles of trails crisscrossing America. Join American Hiking Society and help protect your favorite trails today and for future generations.

Every day, numerous threats encroach upon the more than 200,000 miles of trails crisscrossing America. Join American Hiking Society and help protect your favorite trails today and for future generations.

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Explore

Feel confident when you set out on your next trail adventure. Check out our free hiking resources like tips for hiking with families, gear checklists, finding the best trail for you, and more.

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Alternative Break participants take a lunch break.

Share Your Tale from the Trail

How has hiking transformed your life or the life of someone you know? Share your stories, videos, and photos with American Hiking to be featured on our blog and social media.

Latest Stories and Updates

Bob and Dee on the South Kaibab trail in the Grand Canyon

Donor Feature: Bob and Dee Leggett

It all started with an ad in Backpacker magazine. Bob and Dee Leggett were avid hikers and backpackers-“the whole world was getting into backpacking at…

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Trails Community Recommendations for FY23 Appropriations Conference (Interior)

As discussions between the House and Senate are underway to reconcile the FY23 Omnibus Appropriations bill for final passage, and enactment, the trails community requests that final legislation include robust funding for trails, including the preferred funding levels (at a minimum) and report language outlined below.

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Apply Now to Be a NextGen Trail Leader

Apply to Be a 2023 NextGen Trail Leader American Hiking Society (AHS) invites applications for its fifth class of NextGen Trail Leaders. With the goal…

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Hiker holds their pack straps as they hike with a warm hat and jacket with a hood with a blue sky and rugged ridge in the background.

Layering for a Hike: Staying Comfortable in Cooler Temperatures

Layering for a Hike Staying Comfortable in Cooler Temperatures Sponsored by AKHG™ by Duluth Trading Co. the as the Exclusive Apparel Sponsor of National Trails…

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