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.

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

American Hiking Seeks a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Consultant

Overview Various communities have historically experienced and are still experiencing systemic barriers to outdoor recreation, including hiking.  These communities include but are not limited to people of color, those who identify as LGBTQIA-2, the differently-abled, those who identify as female,…

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American Hiking Seeks a Branding, Marketing, and Strategic Positioning Consultant

  Overview   Over the past two years, American Hiking Society (AHS) has transitioned its leadership and transformed its Mission, Vision, and Values statements and is in the process of finalizing its 2020-2024 Strategic Plan.  As a result, AHS has…

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National Trails Day participants celebrating on a hike and trail run.

7 Unique Events for National Trails Day® on June 1

With hundreds of National Trails Day® events taking place in open spaces in all 50 states on Saturday, there’s a National Trails Day® event for everyone. Kick-start a summer filled with adventure by participating in an event near you. It’s…

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American Hiking Seeks Development and Marketing Coordinator

American Hiking Society is seeking a full-time Development and Marketing Coordinator. Applications will be accepted until close of business on Monday, June 10. POSITION SUMMARY The Development and Marketing Coordinator provides administrative and marketing support to the development and membership…

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