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.

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.

  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

American Hiking Society Statement on House Natural Resources Committee Markup of H.R. 3195 (LWCF) and H.R. 1225 (Restore Our Parks and Public Lands)

PDF version of letter The Honorable Raúl Grijalva                                The Honorable…

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AHS Statement for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hearing on Deferred Maintenance Needs and Potential Solutions

The Honorable Lisa Murkowski                                  The Honorable Joe Manchin Chairman …

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HikaNation featured in Appalachian Trail Museum

America’s only museum dedicated to hiking history, the Appalachian Trail Museum, unveiled five new exhibits this spring. HikaNation was a 14-month group trek from San…

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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…

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