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.

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

Trail Service World Record to be Set on National Trails Day®

On June 1, 2019, individuals across the country will set the world record for the most people improving trails in a single day during the 27th annual American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®. American Hiking invites hikers, cyclists, equestrians, paddlers,…

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Historic Public Lands Legislation About to Become Law

Historic Public Lands Legislation to Become Law Photographer’s Name Every so often Congress overcomes its partisan battles and joins together to enact critical legislation. Today is one of those days! Congress just passed a Public Lands Package (S.47) in nearly…

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Hike the Hill® 2019 Wraps-up with Senate Passage of Public Lands Package, including LWCF

Hike the Hill® 2019 Wraps-up with Senate Passage of Public Lands Package, including LWCF Photographer’s Name   A whirlwind Hike the Hill® just concluded with major victories and breakthroughs on legislation impacting hikers, other trail users, and lovers of public lands.…

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2018 Accomplishments: Trail Service and Advocacy Impact

American Hiking volunteers, supports, and members came together to help protect the places you love to hike. See the impact by the numbers.

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