Protecting the Places You Love to Hike

Advocate for Hiking Spaces + 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.
  Ryan Schroeder

Introducing the 2020 NextGen Trail Leader

American Hiking Society is excited to announce the third class of NextGen Trail Leaders, bringing together rising stars in the outdoor community from all walks of life. With American Hiking Society, NextGen Trail Leaders will champion diversity in the outdoors and fight to protect our public lands, amplifying the voices of hikers all across America. The 2020 class of NextGen Trail Leaders features inspiring individuals dedicated to transforming their communities and changing the national conversation on diversity in the outdoors and public lands protection.

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

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!

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With the support of our members, 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

Check out what we accomplished in 2019!

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.

Mick Haupt

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.

Two hikers take a break on top of a boulder field.
Alternative Break participants take a lunch break.

Latest Stories and Updates

Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act (H.R. 2435) Letter of Support

The Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act is important to hikers, the broader outdoor recreation community, veteran service organizations, and the environmental community because it will work to expand outdoor access for our veterans.

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AHS Statement In Support of Great American Outdoors Act (House)

American Hiking Society Urges House Support of the Great American Outdoors Act. Great American Outdoors Act Addresses Both Full Funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Public Lands Maintenance Backlog

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Hiking Safety: Another Look at the 10 Essentials

If you’ve done any hiking, camping, or backpacking, you’re probably familiar with the 10 Essentials you should always have on you. There’s a lot to…

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Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and AHS: Update on Our Journey

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and AHS: Update on Our Journey

On May 30, in the midst of national protests against systemic racism and police brutality against Black folks, American Hiking Society released the following statement…

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