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.

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

Trails Connect! Interagency Dialogue with U.S. Forest Service

June, 2014 – Our national system of trails helps connect people with their natural and culture heritage and contributes to the American identity. Trails provide a natural portal for Americans of all walks of life which help us rebuild the…

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Student Conservation Association celebrates many years of Volunteer Service

After completing an array of successful stewardship projects for Earth Day, Student Conservation Association (SCA) is upping the ante with an even busier “Great Outdoors Month“.  Kicking off June with American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day on June 7th, SCA has organized a variety of activities…

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AHS Staff Celebrate National Trails Day® 2014

On June 7, American Hiking Society staff will celebrate National Trails Day® by attending and supporting the Harper’s Ferry Outdoor Festival (HFOF) at the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship in Purcellville, VA.  HFOF is a yearly event held to…

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We can be trail builders again

“We are human beings. We are able to walk upright on two feet. We need a footpath.” Conservationist and naturalist May T. Watts wrote those words in a letter to the editor of the Chicago Tribune in 1963, opening the…

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