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

Advocate

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.

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.

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 Society Leads “Hike Through History”

In June 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early was dispatched by Robert E. Lee with orders to clear the Shenandoah Valley of Federals and then invade Maryland and, if practical, threaten Washington, D.C.  Upon entering the nation’s capital, General Early was met by Maj. Gen. Horatio G. Wright and…

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Fear of Nature Has Lots of Company

“Refuge Rangers Fight Myths about Creepy Crawlies and Other Wildlife.” It’s not just snakes. Other wild creatures inspire exaggerated fears, too: bats; spiders; birds; fish – yes, fish. In the course of greeting tens of thousands of visitors a year,…

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American Hiking Society Hikes Through History

On Saturday July 12th, come join American Hiking (AHS) and the National Park Service (NPS) on a Hike through History to celebrate the great outdoors as well as the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens in Washington, D.C. The hike will travel…

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Volunteer Spotlight – Chuck Morlock

Writer, Mark Ray, interviews long-time Volunteer Vacation Crew Member, Chuck Morlock, about the importance of giving back to our public lands and Chuck’s connection to Boy Scouts of America. American Hiking Society is offering two Volunteer Vacations to Boy Scout…

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