As the only national voice for hiking, we envision a world where every American has permanent access to a hiking trail

Advocate

We work with Congress, Federal agencies, and partners on policy issues and legislation to ensure funding for trails, preservation of natural areas, and protection of the hiking experience.

Volunteer

Trails don't maintain themselves. Individuals of any age and experience level can become trail stewards. Give back to the trails you love, meet new people, and enjoy the experience!

Explore

Feel confident when you set out on your next trail adventure. Check out our free hiking resources like tips for hiking with families, gear checklists, finding the best trail for you, and more.

AHS launches NextGen Trail Leader Program

AHS is excited to announce the first class of NextGen Trail Leaders who will be the voice of young hikers and speak out to elected officials and the public on the need to protect public lands and to expand and preserve trail access. These five individuals are rising stars in the outdoor community from all walks of life and across the country. Follow @AmericanHiking on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to follow their adventure. 
Patrick Hendry

With the support of our members, sponsors, and partners, we've improved trail access for millions of Americans.

We've Mobilized
Trail Volunteers
We've Facilitated
Miles of Trail Maintenance & Construction
Volunteers Have Contributed
$ Million
in Volunteer Labor

Every day, numerous threats encroach upon the more than 200,000 miles of trails crisscrossing America. Join American Hiking Society and help protect your favorite trails today and for future generations.

Build a Legacy

Work hard, get dirty, dig deep...and feel immensely rewarded.

Trevor Brown

Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

In Less Than 100 Days A Crucial Trail Funding Program Will Expire

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), one of our most important programs for preserving the outdoors, will expire on September 30 if Congress does not act to permanently ensure it continues by “reauthorizing” it. 1 Before we get into what…

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3,954 Miles of Trail Improved on National Trails Day®

On June 2, 2018 people across the country came together and surpassed the collective goal to improve 2,802 miles of trail—the distance across the US—during American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. In a momentous effort, 3,954 miles of trails were…

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10 Tips to Make National Trails Day® Awesome

American Hiking Society’s National Trail Day® (June 2) is this Saturday and we have ten tips to make your experience exceptional.   Join the movement: Take the Pledge to help improve 2,802 miles of trail – the distance across America!…

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Tell Gender Bias to Take a Hike

Share your #HikeLikeAGirl2018 experience with @AmericanHiking My whole life, I have wanted to spend as much time outdoors as possible.  When I was a kid, that meant riding my bike, playing sports, climbing trees, or just exploring in the Texas Hill…

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Kim Lyons