We envision a world where everyone feels welcome in the American hiking community and has permanent access to meaningful hiking, including urban, frontcountry, and backcountry opportunities.


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.

  Ryan Schroeder

Apply to Be a 2020 NextGen Trail Leader

Deadline to apply is December 6, 2019

American Hiking Society invites applications for its third class of NextGen Trail Leaders. We’re looking for rising stars in the outdoor community, from all walks of life and across the country, to be the voice of young hikers through advocacy and stewardship to welcome all into the hiking community and protect public lands. 2020 will be a monumental year, and AHS is looking to empower new voices to lead the way!

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.

Alternative Breaks

Make Friends. Make Memories. Make a Difference.

Alternative Breaks are volunteer trail stewardship projects in America’s parks and forests designed specifically for college student groups and young professionals. Part volunteer work project, part kick-back outdoor vacation.

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Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

#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…

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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,…

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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,…

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Member Spotlight: Kate Waite

American Hiking Society loves connecting with our members.  Every single one has a story to tell about when and why they started hiking, and why…

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 Sebastien Marchand

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