June 6, 2020

Celebrate by taking the #NationalTrailsDay Pledge

Joshua Woroniecki

Together we can take action to preserve trails and fight for equitable access to quality green space, even from within quarantine.


We’ve temporarily experienced life with limited access to trails and public lands and, now more than ever, realize how much we need them.

Take American Hiking Society’s #NationalTrailsDay Pledge and commit to taking at least one action in 2020 to preserve trails and fight for equitable access to quality green space.

American Hiking Society will provide easy actions you can take. Once it’s safe to get outside in groups again, we’ll also share ways to get involved with local trail service projects.

Celebrate National Trails Day® with these Three Steps


Join a nationwide movement


We’ll provide easy actions you can take, even while social-distancing


Share why trails and natural space are important to you. Tag #NationalTrailsDay and @AmericanHiking in your social media.


“I pledge to take action on #NationalTrailsDay and all year to preserve trails and fight for equitable access to quality green spaces.”

We will never share your email address.

Easy Actions to Make a Difference

Here are easy ways to celebrate #NationalTrailsDay. You might have more creative ideas, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with. Complete one task or really boost your trail cred by completing all of them:


Register to vote or check your registration status, and request an absentee ballot.  And before November 3, get educated on the public lands and access issues you care most about.

Speak Up

Tell your Member of Congress why trails and access to natural spaces are important to you and ask them to pass bipartisan legislation that supports trails, public lands, and access for all.

Leave a Trail Better Than You Found It

Once it’s safe to do so without fear of COVID-19 transmission, commit to taking a trash bag with you whenever you hike or go for a walk. Collect trash at a local natural space or trail or along your neighborhood sidewalk. We highly encourage volunteers to wear gloves during clean-ups.

Commit to a Trail Work Project in 2020

Once it’s safe to go outside in groups, you’ll receive updates regarding local outdoor volunteer workdays.

Give a Gift

Trails don’t maintain themselves and greenspace for all doesn’t magically appear. Make a gift to a local trail nonprofit and join American Hiking Society to help build an inclusive hiking community to protect your favorite trails and fight for access for all today and for future generations.

#NationalTrailsDay Pledge Giveaway

Take the pledge and you will be entered to win one of five prize packages of gear. Each week starting on May 15th we will give away a prize pack. The sooner you take the pledge the more chances you have to win.  

National Trails Day prize package of outdoor gear

Gear Package

$490 value

Additional Prizes

We'll also be giving away 6 Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. prize gift cards ($50 each) following National Trails Day.

2020 National Trails Day® Update

The health and safety of National Trails Day® hosts, volunteers, and participants is our top priority. Due to the CDC’s guidance regarding event gatherings and parks and recreational facilities and preventing the continued spread of the pandemic COVID-19, American Hiking Society will shift from promoting in-person events to a digital activation for National Trails Day® on June 6, 2020.

We are organizing a digital campaign to inspire individuals to unite for the preservation of trails and access to public lands during this time of social-distancing.

As conditions improve allowing access to your local trails be sure to check the operating status of the place you plan to visit. Trail access and facility access (visitor centers, bathrooms, parking lots, etc.) vary based on location and land manager. Check with the local site you plan to visit to see what's open. The National Park ServiceForest ServiceBLM, and Fish and Wildlife Service COVID-19 pages can provide helpful information and direct you to the operating status of local units.

National Trails Day® Photo Contest

Share Photos. Win Gear.

Share why trails and natural space are important to you.

Tag #NationalTrailsDay and @AmericanHiking in your social media posts.

Share a photo from a favorite trail experience, and you will be entered to win a gear prize package. The contest ends June 8, so start tagging.

National Trails Day prize package of outdoor gear

Gear Package

$460 value

National Trails Day® Fundraising

Peer-to-peer fundraising can be an easy way for you to raise money from family and friends to support American Hiking Society.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I submit a pledge?

By pledging to preserve trails and equitable access you’ll join a nationwide movement to build an inclusive trails community, engaged in advocacy and trail service. You will be taking action to preserve beloved trails and outdoor urban and wild spaces so important to the health and wellbeing of future generations. Plus, everyone who takes the #NationalTrailsDay pledger will be entered to win weekly giveaways of awesome outdoor gear leading up to National Trails Day®.

How does this pledge work?

Simply submit the online pledge and we’ll send you easy ways to take action on National Trails Day® and all year. After National Trails Day®, everyone who takes the pledge will be entered to win the grand prize package of premium outdoor gear.

How do I share what I did on National Trails Day®?

Tag your photos and stories of why trails and equitable access are important to you with #NationalTrailsDay, and @AmericanHiking on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Still have questions?

Email [email protected]

2020 National Trails Day® Sponsors

National Trails Day® Federal Partners

Wesley Trimble