As the only national voice for hiking, we envision a world where every American has permanent access to a hiking trail

Advocate

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.

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.

AHS launches NextGen Trail Leader Program

AHS is excited to announce the first class of NextGen Trail Leaders who will be the voice of young hikers and speak out to elected officials and the public on the need to protect public lands and to expand and preserve trail access. These five individuals are rising stars in the outdoor community from all walks of life and across the country. Follow @AmericanHiking on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to follow their adventure. 
Patrick Hendry

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.

Build a Legacy

Work hard, get dirty, dig deep...and feel immensely rewarded.

Trevor Brown

Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

Get Your Free Second Saturdays Passes for July Now!

In celebration of the League’s Centennial year, Save the Redwoods League invites everyone to experience the sights and sounds of more than 40 of California’s redwood state parks—for free! Every second Saturday of each month in 2018, Save the Redwoods League and California State…

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2018 National Trails Day® Report

2018 Report Together We Improved 3,954 Miles of Trail June 2, 2018 For 25 years, National Trails Day® has united the trails community on the first Saturday of June with the goal of connecting more people to trails and public…

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Concrete Jungles and the Need for Nature

  “I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.” Chippewa   Concrete jungles, exhaust fumes, noisy…

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AHS Co-founder Inducted into AT Hall of Fame

I was honored to sit down recently with 90-year-old AHS co-founder and founding editor of Backpacker Magazine, Bill Kemsley.  Bill joined me over video call from his home in Taos, NM, to share reflections on hiking after his May 4…

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Kim Lyons