As the only national voice for hiking, we envision a world where every American has permanent access to a hiking trail


We work with Congress, Federal agencies, and partners on policy issues and legislation to ensure funding for trails, preservation of natural areas, and protection of the hiking experience.


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!


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.

AHS launches NextGen Trail Leader Program

AHS is excited to announce the first class of NextGen Trail Leaders who will be the voice of young hikers and speak out to elected officials and the public on the need to protect public lands and to expand and preserve trail access. These five individuals are rising stars in the outdoor community from all walks of life and across the country. Follow @AmericanHiking on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to follow their adventure. 
Patrick Hendry

With the support of our members, sponsors, and partners, we've 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.

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

Apply for a National Trails Fund Grant

Does your trail have a backlog of maintenance needs or is stalled in expansion?  Consider applying for a National Trails Fund Grant, microgrants that give trail clubs and land managers the financial means necessary to complete critical hiking trail projects around the country.  The National Trails Fund continues to invest in trail clubs which help Americans get outside and enjoy the outdoors. More than half a million dollars has been awarded to trail organizations since the fund’s inception in 1998.
Application Deadline  2/16/2018
Trevor Brown

Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

Introducing American Hiking Society’s NextGen Trail Leaders

The inaugural class of AHS NextGen Trail Leaders brings together rising stars in the outdoor community from all walks of life and across the country. Through AHS, NextGen Trail Leaders will be the voice of young hikers and speak out…

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Chipping Away at Public Lands

The Next Shoe in the Attack on Public Lands Just Dropped Are miners with pick axes and shovels about to descend on Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments in a scene reminiscent of the Wild West gold rush? That…

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Your Voice Matters: Why Are Public Lands Worth Protecting.

Your Voice Matters: Why Are Public Lands Worth Protecting? Patrick Hendry Our public lands are at risk. President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke have already acted to shrink Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments and plans are moving forward…

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American Hiking Seeks Part-Time Finance and Office Manager

American Hiking Society is seeking to hire a part-time Finance and Office Manager, effective immediately. The ideal candidate is a recent finance/accounting graduate or working professional with at least 3 years of office management and accounting experience seeking a friendly…

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