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5 Simple Ways to Deepen your Hiking Experience with Poetry

Consider why you feel a need to tramp through often harsh, uncomfortable trails to the wild places of the world. Essentially, this motivation can be boiled down to a need to connect with nature, and a need to connect with yourself. Writing poetry is one of the oldest, most tried-and-true methods of fostering a more meaningful relationship with the natural world. The natural world and poetry are so associated with one another that it can be a challenge to find a poem that doesn’t bring up, in some form or another, the woods, water, plants, animals, the sky, or some variation within these. Judging from poetry’s preoccupation with this green earth, there must be an element intrinsic to poetry’s ... Read more

10 Best Hikes in Ohio

The Buckeye State is the home of the American Football Hall of Fame, the birthplace of seven American presidents, and some of the most incredible places to load up a pack and blaze a trail. The temperate climate and small rugged hills beckon to those who have a thirst for nature. A hike enjoyed in one of Ohio’s many state parks or nature preserves is sure to awaken the senses and leave you begging for more. Here is a list of 10 of the best hikes found in the state of Ohio. 1.The Two Mile Loop at Mill Creek Park Mill Creek. Jack Pearce Located in Youngstown, Ohio, Mill Creek Park is one of the largest Metroparks in the state. There are actually ... Read more

2017 National Trails Fund Now Accepting Applications

SILVER SPRING (January 17, 2017) – American Hiking Society is accepting applications for the 2017 National Trails Fund through February 17th, 2017. This exclusive grant program gives trail clubs and land managers the financial means necessary to complete critical hiking trail projects around the country.  Grants awarded range in value from $500 to $3,000.More than half a million dollars has been awarded to trail organizations since the fund’s inception in 1998. The National Trails Fund benefits American Hiking’s Alliance of Hiking Organizations, and information on the program can be accessed by visiting This past year, grant winners used their funds to build new trail, to implement better erosion controls on existing trails, to remove graffiti, and to install directional signage. Every one of these measures ... Read more

Public Lands Encounter Grave New Threat

January 6, 2017 – This past Tuesday when House Republicans passed a rules package, the approach towards the Ethics Office caught most of the public’s attention. Yet, while that item did not pass, what did pass was a substantive change that would drastically ease the transfer of public lands. Under the new rules the House passed, no longer will bills that transfer ownership of federal public lands have to make up the lost income that the lands would have provided to the federal government, funding derived from logging, energy extraction, and other activities. The new rule essentially sets the value of America’s public lands at $0. Yes, that’s a “zero.” With this new rule in place in the House, no longer will ... Read more

AHS Welcomes Shawnté Salabert as Ambassador

American Hiking Society is thrilled to welcome Shawnté Salabert to the Ambassador Program of AHS- promoting the benefits of hiking and inspiring more Americans to explore the great outdoors. Shawnté Salabert is a freelance writer and curiosity seeker with a taste for wild spaces. Though based in Southern California, her adventures have taken her across the country and beyond, including the icy summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the gator-filled swamplands of South Carolina, and the lush trails of Australia’s Great Otway National Park. One of her favorite expeditions occurred a little closer to home, however, when she spent nearly two years exploring the Pacific Crest Trail, snapping photographs and recording impressions for her forthcoming book Hiking The Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California, ... Read more

8 of the Best Section Hikes on the Florida Trail

The hiking season in Florida is somewhat backwards from much of the United States. While most hikers in northern states hit the trails and backcountry during the summer, Florida hikers are just now planning their big treks. The fall means cool, yet pleasant, temps and fewer mosquitos and no-see-ums—which is always a plus. If you're considering heading out on the Florida National Scenic Trail, also known as the Florida Trail, a 1,300-mile route that runs from Big Cypress National Preserve at the southern end of the state all the way north to the Panhandle, we’ve got you covered. (At least for the central part of the state, that is.) Here, we bring you some of the best section hikes along the ... Read more

Join Save the Redwoods League Outdoors on Green Friday

By: Sam Hodder, President & CEO, Save the Redwoods League This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for the access we have to some of the world’s most stunning public parks and reserves that traverse California’s majestic redwood forests, awe-inspiring coastal vistas, and truly unique cultural and historic sites. Save the Redwoods League has a deeply rooted fondness for California’s state park system, beginning when we helped unite and found the system 90 years ago and continuing today with our support to expand and restore many redwood parks. To celebrate and raise awareness for these incredible outdoor spaces, we’re co-sponsoring free park passes, good for day-use admission to 116 parks throughout the state on Green Friday, November 25th. Back by popular demand and a continued ... Read more

Volunteer Voices

It's time for another volunteer feature! The bedrock of our stewardship programs is our dedicated and hardworking volunteers. We want to make sure their voices are heard and they remain the driving force behind the “on-the-ground” work that we are able to accomplish. In the upcoming months we will be featuring interviews with American Hiking volunteers, past and present, and hope that you are inspired by their stories as much as we are. Today, we'd like to introduce a long-time American Hiking volunteer, Brian Merrill! Name:  Brian Merrill Years volunteering with American Hiking Society: Many. 10 or 11. What made you sign up for your first Volunteer Vacation? During a family vacation to the Grand Canyon many years ago I met a retired lady ... Read more

10 Best Hikes in Nevada

Don’t let Nevada’s Las Vegas reputation of bright desert lights and shady nightlife deter you from seeking out great hiking destinations. From remote desert treks to nature-filled vistas just outside of Las Vegas, if you’ve got hiking on the brain, Nevada is a must-stop. The trails that follow are some of the best that this southwestern state has to offer. 1. Turtlehead Peak James Brooks Red Rock Canyon offers some much needed (and super accessible) respite for nature lovers who find themselves in Sin City. While there’s lots to choose from, Turtlehead Peak is the top notch choice for two reasons: it’s a challenging hike (but not prohibitively so) and the views at the top simply cannot be beat. Side note: the ... Read more

An Altruistic Alternative for Spring Break

September 29, 2016 – A leader in volunteer tourism, American Hiking Society is inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards and offering millennials impactful, adventure-filled volunteer opportunities for their next spring break. Their just-released 2017 Alternative Break trip schedule is chock-full of service vacations geared specifically towards college student groups and young professionals interested in giving back to the environment. Tailored to accommodate novice trail maintainers, these volun-tour trips combine day hiking, trail conservation, camaraderie, and nature exploration within a week’s time. In addition to providing colleges and universities with an alternative to the traditional spring break beach retreats, Alternative Break provides vital volunteer assistance to land managers as they ready their parks and trails for busy visitor seasons. “Alternative ... Read more
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