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


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.


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!


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

Millennials are the Future of our Trails

The smell of fresh dew is a welcome scent, as the crunch of my boots melds with the sound of the birds singing their morning song. It’s early and I am wearing layers, but it won’t be long until they…

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Ditch the Waterproofing. 3 Reasons to Hike Water Ready.

  Nothing ruins a hike faster than issues with moisture. Inclement weather, river crossings and sweat while thru-hiking come with the territory. Prepping for that moisture will save you some serious misery on the trail. The great debate regarding waterproof…

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Congress Passes Trail Inclusive Spending Bill

It looks like our targeted advocacy worked!  On March 22, Congress passed legislation to fund the government through October 2018. While we’re still going through the 2,232 page bill for all the details, it appears most of the funding for…

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Connecting Through Trails

Outside of the Washington Plaza Hotel, where Hike the Hill® convened this year, marks the beginning of the Logan Circle Heritage Trail. The trail traces the history of the Logan Circle neighborhood from its time as open farmland, through the…

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Kim Lyons