As the only national voice for hiking, American Hiking Society envisions a world where every American has permanent access to a hiking trail


American Hiking works 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!


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American Hiking launches NextGen Trail Leader Program

American Hiking 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, 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.

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

Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

Statement in Support of LWCF, Deferred Maintenance, and Every Kid Outdoor Act Senate Markup

PDF version of letter The Honorable Lisa Murkowski Chairman Committee on Energy & Natural Resources 304 Dirksen Senate Building Washington, DC 20510   The Honorable Maria Cantwell Ranking Member Committee on Energy & Natural Resources 304 Dirksen Senate Building Washington,…

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5 Tips to Keep Your Feet Happy

Hello Fall! With less-crowded trails, cooler days and glorious fall colors, it’s our favorite time of the year for hiking and backpacking trips! To make sure your trip isn’t ruined by sore, damp, or blistered feet, here are some tips…

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My First Time Mountaineering (and Other Firsts from Expedition #BeSafeGannett)

I’m not a mountaineer. I want to start of this post telling you that, because if there’s one thing this mountaineering experience taught me, it’s that you are stronger and more capable than you think.   The First Time I…

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Why We Fight for Public Lands Today we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer event for public lands, where hundreds of thousands of volunteers will help restore our public lands. AHS encourages you…

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Kim Lyons