Together we can care for our hometown trails and advocate for equitable inclusion outside.
Millions of people have found physical, mental, and emotional restoration on trails during the pandemic. Let’s return the favor and care for America’s magnificent trail system and ensure everyone in the U.S. can enjoy trails and natural areas.
Celebrate National Trails Day® with these Three Steps
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:
Commit to Trail Service in 2021
Many trail organizations are working hard to coordinate socially-distanced volunteer trail projects in 2021. We'll help connect you with a variety of opportunities.
Leave a Trail Better Than You Found It
Commit to taking a trash bag with you whenever you hike or go for a walk. Collect trash on a local trail, along your neighborhood sidewalk, or in a natural space near you.
Give a Gift
Trails don’t maintain themselves, and green space for all doesn’t magically appear. Join a local trail nonprofit and donate to 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.
Keep yourself healthy, keep others safe, and preserve and protect public lands, waters, and parks, and help make the outdoors inclusive for all. Check out these helpful guidelines and join the movement.
* Federal funding not used for National Trails Day® advocacy actions.
American Hiking x THRU Designs Apparel
In collaboration with Alina “Abstract” Drufovka, American Hiking has released a new design in time for National Trails Day®. Each time you wear this colorful trail shoe graphic, you’ll feel great knowing the proceeds help care for trails and public lands.
Available on a variety of products including wicking tees, hats, mugs, and stickers in countless colors and styles.
2021 National Trails Day® Update
The health and safety of National Trails Day® hosts, volunteers, and participants is our top priority. American Hiking Society asks all participants and events to abide by COVID-19 guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and local governments.
Trail access and facility access (visitor centers, bathrooms, parking lots, etc.) vary based on location and land manager. Check with the site you plan to visit for up-to-date regulations. Guidelines and regulations change frequently so please check prior to leaving home. The National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service COVID-19 pages provide additional information.
If an in-person event cannot abide by local, state, and federal guidelines, please consider participating in a virtual event and/or National Trails Day® Pledge.
See our FAQ about getting outside during the pandemic.
What's National Trails Day® All About?
Taking place on the first Saturday in June, National Trails Day® is a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service. Thousands of hikers, bikers, rowers, horseback riders, trail clubs, federal and local agencies, land trusts, and businesses come together in partnership to advocate for, maintain, and clean up public lands and trails.
Share Photos. Win Gear.
Share why trails and natural space are vital to you.
Tag #NationalTrailsDay and @AmericanHiking in your social media posts.
Share a photo from a favorite trail experience on Instagram, and you will be entered to win a gear prize package. The contest ends June 6, so start tag'n.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I submit a pledge?
By pledging to care for trails and advocate for equitable, safe access, you’ll join a nationwide movement to build an inclusive trails community, engaged in advocacy and trail service. You will take action to care for beloved trails and outdoor urban and wild spaces vital to people’s health and well-being across the country. Plus, you will be entered to win weekly giveaways (in May) of awesome outdoor gear leading up to National Trails Day®.
How does this pledge work?
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 final prize package of premium outdoor gear.
I took the pledge! Now, what do I do?
- Speak up: We'll help connect you with your Member of Congress so you can let them know you enjoy America’s great trail system and ask them to pass bipartisan legislation supporting trails, public lands, and access for all.
- Leave a trail better than you found it: Commit to taking a trash bag with you whenever you hike or go for a walk. Collect trash on a local trail, along your neighborhood sidewalk, or in a natural space near you.
- Give a gift: Trails don’t maintain themselves, and green space for all doesn’t magically appear. Join a local trail nonprofit and donate to 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.
- Schedule a trail work project in 2021:
- Many trail organizations are working hard to coordinate socially-distanced volunteer trail projects in 2021. Some projects may take place on National Trails Day®, and other opportunities are expected to occur later in the year.
- National Public Lands Day on September 25 is a great way to assist with various projects designed to restore and enhance public parks, forests, waterways, and more.
- Sign up for an American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacation in the fall and spend a week giving back to the trails you love.
- #RecreateResponsibly: Keep yourself healthy, keep others safe, and preserve and protect our public lands, waters, and parks. Check out these helpful guidelines and join the movement.
How do I share what I did on National Trails Day®?
Tag your photos and stories of why trails and equitable access are vital to you with #NationalTrailsDay, and @AmericanHiking on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Still have questions?
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