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 natural areas, and protection of the hiking experience.

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!

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.

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.

Alternative Breaks

Make Friends. Make Memories. Make a Difference.

Alternative Breaks are volunteer trail stewardship projects in America’s parks and forests designed specifically for college student groups and young professionals. Part volunteer work project, part kick-back outdoor vacation.

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Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

Why Kids Should Hike

“Our kids are out of shape, tuned out and stressed out, because they’re missing something essential to their health and development: connection to the natural world.” National Wildlife Federation The seasons are turning, and children are knee deep in academics…

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Keep Our Public Lands Free From Corporate Hands Statement of Principles

We oppose the opening of protected or previously protected federal public lands and waters to development. We strongly urge companies involved in mining or other extractive activities, and the banks that fund them, not to conduct or finance any new or expanded commercial activity on any public lands and waters that were formerly or are currently under legal or administrative protections, or that would impact these lands and waters, and to adopt a no-go policy clarifying this position.

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Endangered Public Lands in Utah

New Coalition to Protect Public Lands from Administration’s Giveaways to Industry

After 150 million acres lose protections, more than a dozen groups join forces to pressure companies that conduct or fund extraction to stay out of previously protected areas

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AHS Statement: The National Forest System: Restoring our Forest Infrastructure

AHS Statement for U.S. Forest Service Maintenance Backlog before the House Agriculture Committee, Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry

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