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.

Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

10 Tips to Make National Trails Day® Awesome

American Hiking Society’s National Trail Day® (June 2) is this Saturday and we have ten tips to make your experience exceptional.   Join the movement: Take the Pledge to help improve 2,802 miles of trail – the distance across America!…

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Tell Gender Bias to Take a Hike

Share your #HikeLikeAGirl2018 experience with @AmericanHiking My whole life, I have wanted to spend as much time outdoors as possible.  When I was a kid, that meant riding my bike, playing sports, climbing trees, or just exploring in the Texas Hill…

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2,802 Miles of Trail to be Improved on National Trails Day®

  On June 2, 2018, people across the country will come together to collectively improve 2,802 miles of trail—the distance across the US—during American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. American Hiking Society invites hikers, cyclists, equestrians, paddlers, and everyone else…

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Four Ways to Celebrate National Trails Day® on a Bicycle

There are many ways to celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® on June 2. It’s even possible to participate on a bicycle. And if you go on a bike overnight trip during National Trails Day® you will simultaneously…

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