Protecting the Places You Love to Hike

Advocate for Hiking Spaces + Improve Trails

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 public lands, and protection of the hiking experience.

American Hiking NextGen Trail Leaders stand in front of the US Capitol.
American Hiking NextGen Trail Leaders on Capitol Hill.
  Ryan Schroeder

Introducing the 2020 NextGen Trail Leader

American Hiking Society is excited to announce the third class of NextGen Trail Leaders, bringing together rising stars in the outdoor community from all walks of life. With American Hiking Society, NextGen Trail Leaders will champion diversity in the outdoors and fight to protect our public lands, amplifying the voices of hikers all across America. The 2020 class of NextGen Trail Leaders features inspiring individuals dedicated to transforming their communities and changing the national conversation on diversity in the outdoors and public lands protection.

Advocacy News and Issues

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American Hiking Society volunteer with hard hat and gloves laughs.
Volunteer Vacation crew in Coconino Natl. Forest.
Ryan Nelson

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!

Alternative Breaks

Make Friends. Make Memories. Make a Difference.

 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.

Alternative Breaks

Make Friends. Make Memories. Make a Difference.

 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.

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.

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.

Nick Haupt

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.

Two hikers take a break on top of a boulder field.
Alternative Break participants take a lunch break.

Latest Stories and Updates

Fix Our Parks and All Public Lands Text. Image of volunteer doing trail work.

Recreation Community Urges Forest Service Inclusion in Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R. 1225)

The undersigned recreation groups and businesses thank you for your attention to the maintenance backlog affecting the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and strongly urge the agency’s inclusion in the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (H.R. 1225).

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Hike the Hill 2020 Urges Action on Outdoor Access, LWCF, Public Lands Maintenance, and Trails

This February, over 120 advocates laced up their boots and hiked the halls of Congress to call for action to protect and expand access for all to public lands and trails.

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Testimony of Kate Van Waes, Executive Director,American Hiking Society, before the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee

Testimony of American Hiking Society and Trails Move People at the House Appropriations Committee Public Witness Day

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5 Tips to Prevent Dehydration While Hiking

Hiking is a pleasurable pastime and a good way to stay healthy and happy, as it presents ample opportunity to get sunshine, fresh air, and…

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