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Since 1976, American Hiking has worked with Congress, federal agencies, and many recreation and conservation partners on policy issues and legislation to ensure funding for trails, preservation of natural areas, and protection of the hiking experience.

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New NRT’s Announced on Eve of National Trails Day

June 3, 2016 – On the day leading into American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis announced the designation of six new National Recreation Trails adding more than 350 miles to the National Trails System. Additionally, they …

AHS Report Highlights Hiking-Health Connections

May 26, 2016 – American Hiking Society is pleased to announce the release of it’s newest report, Hiking Trails in America: Pathways to Health, in which it makes the case that some of the best fitness equipment in the world is already inside our shoes.

With only 1 in 5 American …

Major Victory for Conservation of America’s Great Outdoors

April 20, 2016 – As America prepares to celebrate Earth Day, the U.S. Senate passed legislation that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). First passed in 1964, LWCF has been absolutely critical to the conservation of America’s public lands where Americans love to hike, play, …

Join AHS on Park Rx Day

National Park Rx Day is a day celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. National Park Rx Day encourages everyone to start seeing visits to parks and public lands as very important parts of their health. Last …

House Trails Caucus

The mission of the bipartisan House Trails Caucus is to provide a forum for interested Members of Congress to work together for the creation and conservation of our natural landscape and recreation activities through the preservation of trails. They do this through such things as hosting briefings and informational events as …

Hike the Hill 2016 a Success

More than 75 advocates from all across the country came to Washington, D.C., to discuss issues affecting hiking trails as well as to meet with Members of Congress and land management agency officials during 2016’s Hike the Hill® in early February. Hike the Hill®, an annual event, is a …

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Policy Position Statements

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Hike The Hill

Trail advocates from across the nation gather in Washington, DC, each year,  to learn, to network, and to urge Congress to protect trails and the hiking experience at American Hiking Society’s Hike the Hill.  Learn more about the 20th Annual Hike the Hill which will take place February 12-15, 2017 and is preceded by a Partnership for the National Trails System board and leadership meeting on February 11, 2017.