As the only national voice for hiking, American Hiking Society envisions a world where every American has permanent access to a hiking trail


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.

Join our team, get out, and give back in honor of National Trails Day®.

Ask your friends and family to help you protect the places you love to hike by giving $5 for each mile you help improve, or $10 for each year you have hiked, or $20 for every trail you have set foot on!

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.

Build a Legacy

Work hard, get dirty, dig deep...and feel immensely rewarded.

Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

Statement in Support of LWCF, Deferred Maintenance, and Every Kid Outdoor Act Senate Markup

PDF version of letter The Honorable Lisa Murkowski Chairman Committee on Energy & Natural Resources 304 Dirksen Senate Building Washington, DC 20510   The Honorable Maria Cantwell Ranking Member Committee on Energy & Natural Resources 304 Dirksen Senate Building Washington,…

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5 Tips to Keep Your Feet Happy

Hello Fall! With less-crowded trails, cooler days and glorious fall colors, it’s our favorite time of the year for hiking and backpacking trips! To make sure your trip isn’t ruined by sore, damp, or blistered feet, here are some tips…

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My First Time Mountaineering (and Other Firsts from Expedition #BeSafeGannett)

I’m not a mountaineer. I want to start of this post telling you that, because if there’s one thing this mountaineering experience taught me, it’s that you are stronger and more capable than you think.   The First Time I…

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Why We Fight for Public Lands

Why We Fight for Public Lands Today we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer event for public lands, where hundreds of thousands of volunteers will help restore our public lands. AHS encourages you…

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Kim Lyons