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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Will Myers
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!

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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

Check out what we accomplished in 2019!

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.

Mick 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

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and AHS: Update on Our Journey

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and AHS: Update on Our Journey

On May 30, in the midst of national protests against systemic racism and police brutality against Black folks, American Hiking Society released the following statement…

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AHS Comments on Dept. of Interior Electric Motorized Bicycle Proposed Rules

Agencies within the Department of Interior, including Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Reclamation have requested comments on proposed rule making that would expand electric motorized bicycle use. In June 2020, American Hiking Society submitted comments on these proposed rules to each agency.

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AHS Statement In Support of Great American Outdoors Act (Senate)

American Hiking Society Urges Support of the Great American Outdoors Act. Great American Outdoors Act Addresses Both Full Funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Public Lands Maintenance Backlog

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In Solidarity, AHS Suspends Promotion of National Trails Day®

In Solidarity, AHS Suspends Promotion of National Trails Day®

In Solidarity, AHS Suspends Promotion of National Trails Day® 2020 In its quest to be an ever-stronger ally, so as not to take space from…

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