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.

Stand for what you stand on.

As a hiker, public lands allow you to reflect, sweat, and reconnect with what’s important. Trails provide access to beautiful places and a direct connection to public lands.
But trails don’t just happen. They happen because of you.
Your gift today will help protect the places you love to hike.
Charles Black

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.

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Kim Lyons

Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

Five Great Hikes Near Washington, DC

American Hiking Society HQ is located just outside of Washington, DC, and AHS staff often get asked the question: “Where are the best places to hike around Washington, DC?” The truth is there are many green spaces in and around…

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Rim Fire Devastates Area Surrounding Yosemite

August 26, 2013 – An enormous wildfire, one of the biggest in California’s history, is ravaging thousands of acres of pristine forest west of Yosemite National Park.  Since August 17, the blaze has engulfed 143,000 acres and continues to grow…

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