Hiking Resources

Get the information you need to feel confident on your next hike.

Find a trail for your next adventure.

Annie Spratt

Tips for your next hike.

Lionello Delpiccolo

Read current hiking news.

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Find a local recreation or conservation group.

Jamison Sliger

Hikes Near You

Find the perfect hike for you!

Joel Cross

American Hiking Society has partnered with the Hiking Project to help you find trails and featured hikes you’ll love. The Hiking Project is a crowd-sourced platform, which means that all trails are shared by hikers like you. If you don’t see trails near you now, keep checking back. And better yet, why not share your favorite local hikes?

Trail Ratings:

  Easy: walking with no obstacles and low grades

  Easy/Intermediate

  Intermediate: 10% grade, small rocks and roots, easy scrambling

  Intermediate/Difficult

  Difficult: 15% grade, large obstacles, possible scrambling or climbing

  Extremely Difficult: 20% grade, 15+" obstacles, many harder sections

 

Featured Hikes:

Sometimes it's hard to pick the perfect hike right off the map. Browse through Hiking Project's highest rated hikes to see which trails other hikers are ranting and raving about.

Download the Trail Info:

take the info with you on your next hike. Download the maps and trail info to your mobile device for offline use. Remember to pin the trails before you leave cell service.

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Hiking 101

Tips for your next hike.

Lionello Delpiccolo

American Hiking Society Blog

A Hikers Guide to the Government Shutdown (Updated 9/30/23)

Your bags are packed, the car is loaded, and you are about to set off on a nice outdoor getaway to enjoy some hiking and fresh air when you hear then news that the government has shut down and you may not be able to access your favorite trail. Don’t fear, you can likely still go out and enjoy your hike, but you will be more limited in where you can go, what resources will be available, and who will be there to assist you.

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Letter from 207 Organizations in Support of FY 24 Trail Funding (Interior)-Sept 2023

As Congress works together on a final bill, we ask you to adopt the following trail specific funding levels and report language that are included in the respective House and Senate versions of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies funding bills, so the federal government can continue to leverage private contributions and benefit from volunteer labor as well as provide inexpensive, healthy outdoor recreation options for your constituents and all Americans.

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Gear Up For Fall Hiking

Gear Up For Fall Hiking Sponsored by AKHG™ by Duluth Trading Co. the Exclusive Apparel Sponsor of National Trails Day®. As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, your gear list for hiking adventures will likely change with the season. Many hikers will agree fall is a favorite season for hitting the trails thanks to…

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Sentiments From Shirley — a 26 Time Volunteer Vacation Participant and Crew Leader

Learn what sparked Shirley’s desire to volunteer, and how that led to their long-time commitment to leaving the trails better with American Hiking Society. Perhaps we should add a disclaimer to our Volunteer Vacations — once you join us for your first trip, you’ll want to keep returning for more! We’re forever grateful to our…

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Volunteer Vacation Highlight: Volunteers Share Their Experience From the San Juan Islands

Curious to learn what the Volunteer Vacation experience is like? Volunteers share about the impactful work and immensely rewarding elements of these trips. Before you join American Hiking Society on a Volunteer Vacation, you likely will have a lot of questions — questions like: what will each day be like, how many other volunteers will…

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American Hiking Society Announces New Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 14, 2023 Silver Spring, MD – American Hiking Society, a national nonprofit organization empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience and known as the “national voice of the hiking community,” is proud to announce that Heather Klein Olson has been appointed as the new Executive Director. Heather…

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NextGen Trail Leaders Celebrate National Trails Day

From group hikes to trail clean ups, our NextGen Trail Leaders had a great time celebrating National Trails Day with their communities!

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BLM Public Lands Rule Comments

On behalf of American Hiking Society (AHS) and the 59.6 million strong hiking community we write in support of the proposed Public Lands Rule and thank the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the opportunity to submit comments.

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Alliance of Hiking Organizations

Find your local recreation or conservation group.

Jamison Sliger

American Hiking Society's Alliance of Hiking Organizations is a network of trail groups, hiking clubs, land trusts and other organizations working to promote and protect hiking trails, trail lands, and the hiking experience. American Hiking Society and its Alliance are the primary force in pressing for increased funding for trails and protecting places special to hikers.

Learn about organizational membership benefits and join the Alliance today.

You may sort our list of Alliance members below by any column, by clicking on the up/down arrows in  the header.

Organization Name City State Website Membership Type
Adirondack Forty-SixersPlattsburghNYhttp://www.adk46er.orgAlliance, BRONZE
American Endurance Ride ConferenceAuburnCAhttp://www.aerc.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Arizona Trail AssociationTucsonAZhttp://www.aztrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Bay Area Ridge Trail CouncilSan FranciscoCAhttp://www.ridgetrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Benton MacKaye Trail AssociationCherry LogGAhttp://www.bmta.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Blue Ridge Bartram Trail ConservancyFranklinNChttp://ncbartramtrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Bob Marshall Wilderness FoundationHungry HorseMThttp://www.bmwf.org/Alliance, SILVER
Border Route Trail Association, IncEdinaMNhttp://www.borderroutetrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Camp TuscazoarZoarvilleOHhttp://www.tuscazoar.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Capital Stick KickersDelmarNYcapitalstickkickers@gmail.comAlliance, BRONZE
Carolina Mountain ClubAshevilleNChttp://www.carolinamtnclub.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Carteret County Wildlife ClubHavelockNChttps://www.carteretwildlifeclub.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Cayuga Trails ClubIthacaNYhttp://www.cayugatrailsclub.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Champlain Area TrailsWestportNYhttp://www.champlainareatrails.com/Alliance, BRONZE
Chinook Trail AssociationVancouverWAhttp://www.chinooktrails.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Clean Trails / National CleanUp DayDenverCOhttps://www.cleantrails.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Columbia Land ConservancyChathamNYhttps://clctrust.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Connecticut Forest & Park AssociationRockfallCThttp://www.ctwoodlands.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Cuyahoga Valley Trails CouncilPeninsulaOHhttp://www.cvtrailscouncil.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Dolan Springs Trails SystemDolan SpringsAZhttp://www.dolanspringschamberofcommerce.com/Alliance, BRONZE
EpicLexingtonKYAlliance, BRONZE
Finger Lakes Trail Conference, Inc.Mt. MorrisNYhttp://www.fingerlakestrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Friends of Blackwater, Inc.ThomasWVhttp://www.saveblackwater.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Friends of Cloudland Canyon State ParkTrentonGAhttp://friendsofcloudlandcanyon.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Friends of Congaree SwampColumbiaSChttp://www.friendsofcongaree.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Friends of Don Carter State ParkGainesvilleGAhttp://gastateparks.org/doncarterAlliance, BRONZE
Friends of Government CanyonSan AntonioTXhttps://friendsofgovernmentcanyon.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Friends of PanthertownCashiersNChttp://www.panthertown.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Friends of the Columbia GorgePortlandORhttp://www.gorgefriends.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Gallatin Valley Land TrustBozemanMThttp://www.gvlt.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Great Shasta Rail Trail AssociationMcCloudCAhttps://www.greatshastarailtrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Gwynns Falls Trail CouncilBaltimoreMDhttp://www.gwynnsfallstrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Headwaters Trail SystemThree ForksMThttps://www.threeforksmontana.us/Alliance, SILVER
Horse-Shoe Trail ConservancySoutheasternPAhttp://hstrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Idaho Trails AssociationBoiseIDhttp://www.idahotrailsassociation.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Klickitat Trail ConservancyLyleWAhttp://klickitat-trail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Lone Star Hiking Trail ClubTomballTXhttp://www.lshtclub.comAlliance, BRONZE
Louisiana Hiking ClubBaton RougeLAhttp://hikelouisiana.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Mohonk PreserveNew PaltzNYhttps://www.mohonkpreserve.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail ClubLynchburgVApresident@nbatc.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Nature Trust of the Santa Monica MountainsMalibuCAhttp://www.naturetrust.net/Alliance, BRONZE
Navajo YESTeec Nos PosAZhttp://www.navajoyes.org/Alliance, BRONZE
NC High Peaks Trail Assoc.BurnsvilleNChttp://www.nchighpeaks.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Newburyport ParksNewburyportMAhttp://newburyportparks.org/index.htmlAlliance, SILVER
Norfolk Land TrustNorfolkCThttp://norfolklandtrust.orgAlliance, BRONZE
North Country Trail Association IncorporatedLowellMIhttp://www.northcountrytrail.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Northwest Youth CorpsEugeneORhttp://www.northwestyouthcorps.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Orinda Hiking ClubOrindaCAhttp://www.orindahiking.org/index.htmlAlliance, BRONZE
Pacific Crest Trail AssociationSacramentoCAhttp://www.pcta.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Palmetto Conservation Foundation - Palmetto TrailColumbiaSChttp://www.palmettoconservation.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Pennsylvania Parks & Forests FoundationCamp HillPAhttp://www.paparksandforests.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Red Lodge Hiking ClubColumbusMTAlliance, BRONZE
Rocky Mountain Field InstituteColorado SpringsCOhttp://www.rmfi.orgAlliance, BRONZE
San Diego River Park FoundationSan DiegoCAhttp://www.sandiegoriver.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Smoky Mountains Hiking ClubKnoxvilleTNhttp://www.smhclub.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Superior Hiking Trail AssociationTwo HarborsMNhttp://www.shta.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Tahoe Rim Trail AssociationStatelineNVhttp://www.tahoerimtrail.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Teaneck Creek ConservancyTeaneckNJhttp://www.teaneckcreek.org/Alliance, BRONZE
The Niagara Hiking CompanyNiagara FallsNYhttp://www.hikeniagara.comAlliance, BRONZE
Trail CenterPalo AltoCAhttp://www.trailcenter.orgAlliance, BRONZE
TrailBlissSammamishWAhttp://www.trailbliss.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Trinidad Coastal Land TrustTrinidadCAhttps://www.trinidadcoastallandtrust.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Victor Hiking Trails, Inc.VictorNYhttp://www.victorhikingtrails.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Visit MississippiJacksonMShttp://www.visitmississippi.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Wild Basin Creative Research CenterAustinTXhttp://www.wildbasin.org