As the only national voice for hiking, American Hiking Society envisions a world where every American has permanent access to a hiking trail


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.


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.

American Hiking is stoked to announce our 2019 class of NextGen Trail Leaders. Over the year, these inspiring stars will champion diversity in the outdoors and fight to protect our public lands.

Do your elected officials support public lands?

Explore the key issues they should vote for to be strong public lands advocates.
Jay Dantinne

With the support of our members, sponsors, and partners, American Hiking has 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.

Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

American Hiking Seeks Development and Marketing Coordinator

American Hiking Society is seeking a full-time Development and Marketing Coordinator, applications will be reviewed and interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Applications will be accepted until close of business Monday, January 14. POSITION SUMMARY The Development and…

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Jennifer Pharr Davis packs her gear will in her tent

The Top Five Mistakes Thru Hikers Make

Written by Astral & Jennifer Pharr Davis Making mistakes is a healthy part of any thru hike. You can’t successfully backpack over 2,000 miles without making tweaks and adjustments to your original plan. Whether it be your itinerary, gear, or mindset something…

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hiker walks across a wood board walk in the forest

Why Technology Should Take a Hike

Why Technology Should Take A Hike Did you know that the average American spends ELEVEN hours looking at a screen each day1? Guess it’s not so surprising … wake up to your phone alarm, check in immediately to what texts,…

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Come Together for Public Lands

Come Together for Public Lands Photographer’s Name Congress returns today after the midterm election with a lot of work to do in a short amount of time. On Election Day, across the country, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts sent a loud…

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