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.
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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.
Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More