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.
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.
Check out what we accomplished in 2019!
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.
Latest Stories and Updates
Recreation Community Urges Forest Service Inclusion in Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R. 1225)
The undersigned recreation groups and businesses thank you for your attention to the maintenance backlog affecting the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and strongly urge the agency’s inclusion in the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R. 1225).Read More
This February, over 120 advocates laced up their boots and hiked the halls of Congress to call for action to protect and expand access for all to public lands and trails.Read More
Testimony of Kate Van Waes, Executive Director,American Hiking Society, before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee
Testimony of American Hiking Society and Trails Move People at the House Appropriations Committee Public Witness DayRead More