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

A Hikers Guide to the Government Shutdown #ShutdownNotShutout

So the government shutdown, now what? Your bags are packed, the car is loaded, and you are about to set off on a nice outdoor getaway to enjoy some hiking and fresh air when you hear then news that the…

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AHS Ambassador, Jennifer Pharr Davis, Reflects on her Mountains-to-Sea Trail Thru Hike

I wanted to hike the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to reclaim something that I lost. Instead, it made me realize everything I had gained.   In my twenties my identity was that of a long distance hiker. I worked until I had…

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Let Your Voice Be Heard: National Park Fee Increase

Let Your Voice Be Heard: National Park Fee Increase National Park Service Let me start by making it clear that American Hiking supports charging entrance fees to National Park Service (NPS) sites.  Entrance fees are an important part of NPS…

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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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