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

Student Conservation Association celebrates many years of Volunteer Service

After completing an array of successful stewardship projects for Earth Day, Student Conservation Association (SCA) is upping the ante with an even busier “Great Outdoors Month“.  Kicking off June with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day on June 7th, SCA has organized a variety of activities…

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AHS Staff Celebrate National Trails Day® 2014

On June 7, American Hiking Society staff will celebrate National Trails Day® by attending and supporting the Harper’s Ferry Outdoor Festival (HFOF) at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in Purcellville, VA.  HFOF is a yearly event held to…

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We can be trail builders again

“We are human beings. We are able to walk upright on two feet. We need a footpath.” Conservationist and naturalist May T. Watts wrote those words in a letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune in 1963, opening the…

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National Trails Day® at Vogel State Park!

It’s time to start gearing up for National Trails Day 2014, coming up on June 7th. We’re so pumped about all the opportunities that we can’t stop talking about it. That’s because we want you to share our love for…

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Kim Lyons