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


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.


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.

Join our team, get out, and give back in honor of National Trails Day®.

Ask your friends and family to help you protect the places you love to hike by giving $5 for each mile you help improve, or $10 for each year you have hiked, or $20 for every trail you have set foot on!

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

AHS Statement for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing on Deferred Maintenance Needs and Potential Solutions

The Honorable Lisa Murkowski                                  The Honorable Joe Manchin Chairman                               …

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HikaNation featured in Appalachian Trail Museum

America’s only museum dedicated to hiking history, the Appalachian Trail Museum, unveiled five new exhibits this spring. HikaNation was a 14-month group trek from San Francisco, CA, to Cape Henlopen State Park, DE, in 1980-1981 sponsored by Backpacker magazine, the…

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American Hiking Seeks a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant

Overview Various communities have historically experienced and are still experiencing systemic barriers to outdoor recreation, including hiking.  These communities include but are not limited to people of color, those who identify as LGBTQIA-2, the differently-abled, those who identify as female,…

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American Hiking Seeks a Branding, Marketing, and Strategic Positioning Consultant

  Overview   Over the past two years, American Hiking Society (AHS) has transitioned its leadership and transformed its Mission, Vision, and Values statements and is in the process of finalizing its 2020-2024 Strategic Plan.  As a result, AHS has…

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