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.

Give to American Hiking Society Today

Help build and maintain hiking trails, conserve America’s natural landscapes, build a more inclusive outdoors, and ensure that tomorrow’s hiking experience is even better than today’s. Your gift makes you part of a growing hiking community helping to protect the places you love to hike.

Hiking 101

Tips for your next hike.

Lionello Delpiccolo

American Hiking Society Blog

Two people pose for a photo in front of two tents. Photo credit We're Out Here OC

National Trails Day® Community Grant Recipients

Four events will receive $4,000 to organize events for underrepresented communities. Silver Spring, MD –  American Hiking, with financial support from the U.S. Forest Service, is proud to announce the recipients of the first-of-its-kind National Trails Day® Community Grant. The grant is designed to reduce barriers for underrepresented communities to organize meaningful events in celebration…

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Trails Community Letter of Support for National Scenic Trails Parity Act S.2964

We are writing on behalf of the National Trails Community to express support for the National Scenic Trails Parity Act, S. 2964, (Parity Act) introduced by Senator Baldwin. We represent National Scenic and Historic Trail co-managing non-governmental organizations with extensive experience co-managing our National Scenic and Historic Trails with our agency partners in the federal and state governments and the millions of users and volunteers that recreate on and steward these trails.

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Two hikers take a break while hiking on the edge of a rocky bank

Top Three Ways to Participate in National Trails Day®!

Top Three Ways to Participate in National Trails Day®! This post is brought to you by National Trails Day® Exclusive Apparel Sponsor AKHG by Duluth Trading Company. American Hiking Society’s 30th Annual National Trails Day® is coming up on June 4, 2022 and we hope to celebrate with you and your community! National Trails Day®…

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Statement in Support of America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2022 (S. 3266) Sections

On behalf of American Hiking Society and the 57 million strong hiking community who enjoy the trails and green spaces in their communities, we write in support of the committee’s advancement of the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2022 (S. 3266), and the sections highlighted below, which will support hikers, trails, public lands, and the outdoors by expanding outdoor recreation access and bringing much needed improvements how the public accesses these spaces.

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Volunteer Vacations Myths

Are you interested in joining a Volunteer Vacation, but not sure what to expect? Read this blog to bust some common myths about Volunteer Vacations!

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Alternative Break Experience

In 2022, Oregon State University’s new hiking club was selected as one of American Hiking Society’s Alternative Break Scholarship recipients. Students contributed to a week-long trail maintenance service project at Moran State Park located on Orcas Island, Washington. Yan Yan, the president of the hiking club and group leader, reflects on the student’s experience below.

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A trail volunteer takes a break with an Athletic Brewing Co non-alcoholic

Hiking for Beginners: The Essential Guide

The Outdoors Belongs to Everyone! Warmer weather calls for adventure and we’ve got just the partner to accompany your excursions: Athletic Brewing. One of their favorite activities includes getting outside and giving back to Mother Nature. We’re proud to be partnered with Athletic Brewing as our premiere beer sponsor for the American Hiking Society’s National…

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Hike the Hill® — We Go Further as a Community

As an active outdoor volunteer I have seen the amount of maintenance and funding needed to keep trails in top condition and sustainably maintained for many years to come. Championing for more trail funding and protection of our public lands led me to advocacy.

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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