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.

Join our team, get out, and give back in honor of National Trails Day®.

Ask your friends and family to help you protect the places you love to hike by giving $5 for each mile you help improve, or $10 for each year you have hiked, or $20 for every trail you have set foot on!

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

Hiking A Mountain of Hope

Stories of how outdoor recreation can lead to a lifetime of well-being. Hiking is the best nature-based activity that can lead to a lifetime of fitness and well-being. You’ll hear me say this every chance I get–and I really believe it. While there is…

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#HikingMakesMe – Saveria Tilden

American Hiking Society Ambassador, Saveria Tilden, responds to our #HikingMakesMe interview.   My name is Saveria. I have never had a nickname, but my name does rhyme with my favorite flower, the plumeria. When I go on a hike, I…

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#HikingMakesMe – Jennifer Pharr Davis

American Hiking Society Ambassador, Jennifer Pharr Davis, responds to our #HikingMakesMe interview.   My name is Jennifer Pharr Davis, but my friends call me Jen, because it is way more concise. Or they might call me Odyssa, since that is…

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#HikingMakesMe – Kara Richardson Whitely

American Hiking Society Ambassador, Kara Richardson Whitely, responds to our #HikingMakesMe interview.   My name is Kara Richardson Whitely. When I go on a hike, I never leave home without my cell phone (I’m a terrible navigator). My favorite book…

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