We envision a world where everyone feels welcome in the American hiking community and has permanent access to meaningful hiking, including urban, frontcountry, and backcountry opportunities.
American Hiking works 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.
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Alternative Breaks are volunteer trail stewardship projects in America’s parks and forests designed specifically for college student groups and young professionals. Part volunteer work project, part kick-back outdoor vacation.
Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues
American Hiking Society Statement on House Natural Resources Committee Markup of H.R. 3195 (LWCF) and H.R. 1225 (Restore Our Parks and Public Lands)
PDF version of letter The Honorable Raúl Grijalva The Honorable Rob Bishop Chairman …Read More
AHS Statement for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing on Deferred Maintenance Needs and Potential Solutions
The Honorable Lisa Murkowski The Honorable Joe Manchin Chairman …Read More
America’s only museum dedicated to hiking history, the Appalachian Trail Museum, unveiled five new exhibits this spring. HikaNation was a 14-month group trek from San Francisco, CA, to Cape Henlopen State Park, DE, in 1980-1981 sponsored by Backpacker magazine, the…Read More