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.
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.
Calling All Young Outdoor Enthusiasts and Public Lands Advocates
American Hiking Society invites applications for its fourth 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. 2021 will be an important year in outdoor advocacy, and AHS is looking to support new voices to lead the way!
Deadline to apply is February 12, 2021.
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Latest Stories and Updates
Testimony of Kate Van Waes, Executive Director, American Hiking Society, before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee FY22
Testimony of Kate Van Waes, Executive Director, American Hiking Society in support of trails and programs impacting the hiking community.Read More
By Justin Tucker I’ve come to feel pretty sure of myself whenever I head out on trail. At this point in my life and in…Read More
By Jeremy Su I have normally been someone who refrains from making things political, if I felt like it wasn’t necessary. At times, I found…Read More
American Hiking Society is remembering the life of long-time board member, Tom Johnson, who passed away on Saturday, December 5, while hiking in Shenandoah National…Read More