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.

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

5 Benefits of a Sunrise Hike

Do you have a regular fitness regime? Does it include a sunrise hike? If your answer is no… consider changing it to yes. This past spring I started doing a local hike during the week after accepting an invite from…

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How to Prevent and What to do if You Get Bitten by a Snake

This is a very common topic among hikers and climbers, what should I do to prevent and care for a snake bite? Most of those who hike actually have no idea about what to do when snakes do bite. In…

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Enhance Hiking With Outdoor Photography Tips and Tricks

If you haven’t tried outdoor photography before, then you must understand that it can be quite tricky, especially when you are trying hard to capture a perfect shot of someone and the environment around him. It often seems like hiking…

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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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