Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national organization that promotes and protects foot trails, their surrounding natural areas, and the hiking experience. As the national voice for hikers, American Hiking Society recognizes that foot trails and hiking are essential to connect people with nature, conserve open space, provide biological corridors for diverse plants and wildlife, and for the health of Americans and our natural environment. We represent millions of hikers who are committed to beautiful places to hike and believe that the preservation of hiking trails and their environments is important and a worthwhile legacy to leave future generations.
American Hiking Society champions conservation issues, builds public and private partnerships, supports volunteer stewardship, and provides critical resources to help plan, fund, and develop trails. We also provide resources to the public about how and where to hike and are committed to increasing the participation and enjoyment of hiking by everyone.
Policy & Advocacy
American Hiking Society works with Congress and federal agencies to shape public policy and legislation affecting hiking. Our efforts ensure funding for hiking trails, the preservation of natural areas and the protection of hiking experiences. Through our national advocacy/Hike the Hill®
and regional initiatives American Hiking protects trails and the hiking experience in areas of the country where specific and urgent needs exist.
Volunteerism & Stewardship
American Hiking Society organizes and coordinates Volunteer Vacations
and National Trails Day®
– nationally recognized programs that help keep our trails open, safe, and enjoyable. Our National Trails Fund is the only national private grants program for hiking trails across the United States.
Outreach & Education
American Hiking Society is committed to increasing Americans’ participation in and enjoyment of hiking and conducts outreach through events, educational materials and partnerships with other recreation and conservation organizations.
Learn about how you can support American Hiking Society’s mission.