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

Kid’s Hiking Poem or Prose Contest

When we hike with children, we see the world through their eyes. The patterns on the wings of a beetle, towering peaks peeking through swirling clouds, the earthy smell of leaves on a muddy trail. The places we have hiked…

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Executive Order Threatens National Monuments

In April, President Donald Trump issued an executive order calling for the review of all national monument designations occurring after January 1, 1996, where the monument exceeds 100,000 acres. Shortly after, the Department of the Interior confirmed that Giant Sequoia…

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#HikingMakesMe Interview – Kathryn Van Waes, Ph.D.

American Hiking Society’s Executive Director, Kathryn Van Waes, responds to our #HikingMakesMe interview. I go by the name Kate. When I go on a hike, I never leave home without being really excited to finally get out on the trail.…

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Introducing AHS Ambassador Michael Lanza

American Hiking Society is thrilled to welcome Michael Lanza to the Ambassador Program of AHS- where he hopes to inspire families to discover the powerful emotional payoff and bond achieved through sharing outdoor experiences. Michael Lanza is the creator of…

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