As the only national voice for hiking, American Hiking Society envisions a world where every American has permanent access to a hiking trail

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.

American Hiking is stoked to announce our 2019 class of NextGen Trail Leaders. Over the year, these inspiring stars will champion diversity in the outdoors and fight to protect our public lands.

Do your elected officials support public lands?

Explore the key issues they should vote for to be strong public lands advocates.
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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.

Build a Legacy

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

Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

Hike the Hill® 2019 Wraps-up with Senate Passage of Public Lands Package, including LWCF

Hike the Hill® 2019 Wraps-up with Senate Passage of Public Lands Package, including LWCF Photographer’s Name   A whirlwind Hike the Hill® just concluded with major victories and breakthroughs on legislation impacting hikers, other trail users, and lovers of public lands.…

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Hiker celebrate on rock outcrop

2018 Accomplishments: Trail Service and Advocacy Impact

American Hiking volunteers, supports, and members came together to help protect the places you love to hike. See the impact by the numbers.

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Hiker Steps Towards Conservation

12 Hiker Steps Towards Conservation

by Jennifer Pharr Davis The word “Conservationist” seems like such a weighty term that I used to think you had to dedicate your life to land management or donate your entire personal worth to be considered a ‘real’ conservationist. Over…

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Introducing the 2019 NextGen Trail Leaders

American Hiking Launches 2019 NextGen Trail Leaders The second class of AHS NextGen Trail Leaders brings together rising stars in the outdoor community from all walks of life and across the country. With AHS, NextGen Trail Leaders will champion diversity…

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