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.

Stand for what you stand on.

As a hiker, public lands allow you to reflect, sweat, and reconnect with what’s important. Trails provide access to beautiful places and a direct connection to public lands.
But trails don’t just happen. They happen because of you.
Your gift today will help protect the places you love to hike.
Charles Black

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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Kim Lyons

Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

Heads-up, Hikers: What’s Next for National Monuments?

Next up for potential National Monument shrinkage are Cascade-Siskiyou in Oregon, Gold Butte in Nevada, the Pacific Remote Islands, and Rose Atoll.  I’ll focus on the former two since those clearly affect hikers the most.   But first, bear with…

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What the Heck Just Happened in Utah?

On December 4, President Trump, flanked by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, announced his intention to shrink the Bears Ears National Monument by 85% and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by about 40%.  The former constitutes the largest shrinkage…

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5 Reasons You Should Consider Section Hiking

I used to dream of thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. In these visions, I’d duck out of my everyday responsibilities for five months, give or take, to embark on what I knew would be a life-changing adventure. I would feel…

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Hiking the Hidden Gems to Find Peace – Snowy Range Mountains

  We drive through Laramie, Wyoming and turn west toward our destination. Antelope dot the horizon in every direction, herds gracefully graze together. Before long we arrive in Centennial, Wyoming population 200 something; the hub for the Snowy Range Ski…

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