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.

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Hiking 101

Tips for your next hike.

Lionello Delpiccolo

American Hiking Society Blog

Support Letter for Continental Divide Trail Completion Act (S. 4995)

We are thrilled to share our excitement and support for the opportunity to complete the Continental Divide Trail (CDT). The hiking community thanks you for your leadership on the Continental Divide Trail Completion Act and encourages all Senators to act today to protect the major watershed of the North American Continent and a crown jewel for millions of hikers, recreation users, and gateway community residents.

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Bob and Dee on the South Kaibab trail in the Grand Canyon

Donor Feature: Bob and Dee Leggett

It all started with an ad in Backpacker magazine. Bob and Dee Leggett were avid hikers and backpackers-“the whole world was getting into backpacking at that time”-when they saw an ad in Backpacker Magazine about a meeting for the newly formed American Hiking Society, for folks interested in hiking. There was a need for an…

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Trails Community Recommendations for FY23 Appropriations Conference (Interior)

As discussions between the House and Senate are underway to reconcile the FY23 Omnibus Appropriations bill for final passage, and enactment, the trails community requests that final legislation include robust funding for trails, including the preferred funding levels (at a minimum) and report language outlined below.

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Hiker holds their pack straps as they hike with a warm hat and jacket with a hood with a blue sky and rugged ridge in the background.

Layering for a Hike: Staying Comfortable in Cooler Temperatures

Layering for a Hike Staying Comfortable in Cooler Temperatures Sponsored by AKHG™ by Duluth Trading Co. the as the Exclusive Apparel Sponsor of National Trails Day®. Hitting the trail when the seasons change and the temperatures drop can be empowering and rewarding, and layering for a hike is essential for staying comfortable in cooler temps…

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A group of volunteers stand together in front of tall evergreens holding a Latino Outdoors banner.

Latino Outdoors and American Hiking Partner on a Volunteer Vacation Trip

American Hiking Partners with Latino Outdoors to Co-Host a Volunteer Vacation American Hiking Society partnered with Latino Outdoors to co-host a Volunteer Vacation in the Redwoods National and State Parks in Northern California that centered and celebrated the Latinx experience in the outdoors and in conservation work. This special project offered Latino Outdoors community members…

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Member of the Duluth Crew scrapes the surface of the trail with a trail tool

Duluth Crew Helps Improve the Ice Age Trail

Duluth Crew Helps Improve the Ice Age Trail Laughter, shared stories, and the sporadic clang of trail tools wafted along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail near Cross Plains, WI, during a National Trails Day® event earlier this summer. Similar sounds were heard across the country at more than 600 events celebrating American Hiking Society’s…

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2022 National Trails Day® Community Grant Impacts

2022 National Trails Day® Community Grant Impacts In 2022, American Hiking Society, with support from the U.S. Forest Service, launched the first-of-its-kind National Trails Day® Community Grants. Designed to reduce barriers for underrepresented communities in the outdoors, these grants provided resources to organize meaningful events in celebration of the 30th annual American Hiking Society’s National…

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FY23 Trail Funding Public Witness Testimony of American Hiking Society, on behalf of Trails Community (Senate)

FY23 Senate Testimony of: Kathryn Van Waes, PhD., Executive Director, American Hiking Society and with the full support of American Trails, American Motorcyclist Association, Back Country Horsemen of America, Equine Land Conservation Resource, International Mountain Bicycling Association, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

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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
Beaver Creek Wetlands AssociationBeavercreekOHhttps://beavercreekwetlands.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Benton County ConservationVintonIAhttps://www.bentoncountyia.gov/departments/community-services/county-conservation/default.aspxAlliance, BRONZE
Benton MacKaye Trail AssociationCherry LogGAhttp://www.bmta.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Blue Ridge Bartram Trail ConservancyFranklinNChttp://ncbartramtrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Blue Ridge Center for Environmental StewardshipHillsboroVAhttps://www.blueridgecenter.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Bob Marshall Wilderness FoundationHungry HorseMThttp://www.bmwf.org/Alliance, SILVER
Border Route Trail Association, IncEdinaMNhttp://www.borderroutetrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Buckeye Trail AssociationShawneeOHhttp://www.buckeyetrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Camp TuscazoarZoarvilleOHhttp://www.tuscazoar.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Carolina Mountain ClubAshevilleNChttp://www.carolinamtnclub.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
Corvallis-to-the-Sea (C2C) Trail PartnershipCorvallisORhttp://www.c2ctrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Cross Vermont Trail AssociationMontpelierVThttp://www.crossvermont.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Cuyahoga Valley Trails CouncilPeninsulaOHhttp://www.cvtrailscouncil.org/Alliance, BRONZE
EpicLexingtonKYAlliance, BRONZE
Finger Lakes Trail Conference, Inc.Mt. MorrisNYhttp://www.fingerlakestrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Florida Trail AssociationGainesvilleFLhttp://www.floridatrail.org/Alliance, SILVER
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
Great Shasta Rail Trail AssociationMcCloudCAwww.greatshastarailtrail.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Gwynns Falls Trail CouncilBaltimoreMDhttp://www.gwynnsfallstrail.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Headwaters Trail SystemThree Forkshttp://threeforksmontana.usAlliance, BRONZE
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 ClubHoustonTXhttp://www.lshtclub.comAlliance, BRONZE
Louisiana Hiking ClubBATON ROUGELAhttp://hikelouisiana.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Mohonk PreserveNew PaltzNYhttps://www.mohonkpreserve.org/Alliance, BRONZE
Mountain High HikersHayesvilleNChttp://www.mountainhighhikers.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Nantahala Hiking ClubFranklinNChttp://www.nantahalahikingclub.orgAlliance, BRONZE
Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail ClubLynchburgVAhttps://www.nbatc.org/index.htmlAlliance, 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 TrustNorfolkCThttps://norfolklandtrust.org/Alliance, 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
Rise Up Adventure GuideLake CharlesLAhttps://www.riseadventureguide.comAlliance, BRONZE
Rocky Mountain Field InstituteColorado SpringsCOhttp://www.rmfi.orgAlliance, BRONZE
San Diego River Park FoundationSan DiegoCAhttp://www.sandiegoriver.org/Alliance, 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
Trail CenterPalo AltoCAhttps://www.trailcenter.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.orgAlliance, BRONZE