As the only national voice for hiking, we envision a world where every American has permanent access to a hiking trail


We work 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.

Stand for what you stand on.

As a hiker, public lands allow you to reflect, sweat, and reconnect with what’s important. Trails provide access to beautiful places and a direct connection to public lands.

But trails don’t just happen. They happen because of you.

Your gift today will help protect the places you love to hike.

Charles Black

With the support of our members, sponsors, and partners, we've 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.

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Kim Lyons

Protecting Trails: Current News and Issues

#HikingMakesMe Interview – Kathryn Van Waes, Ph.D.

American Hiking Society’s Executive Director, Kathryn Van Waes, responds to our #HikingMakesMe interview. I go by the name Kate. When I go on a hike, I never leave home without being really excited to finally get out on the trail.…

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Introducing AHS Ambassador Michael Lanza

American Hiking Society is thrilled to welcome Michael Lanza to the Ambassador Program of AHS- where he hopes to inspire families to discover the powerful emotional payoff and bond achieved through sharing outdoor experiences. Michael Lanza is the creator of…

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Wildfire Suppression Addressed in New Bill

June 9, 2017 – A bill (HR2862) that would address the critical issue of funding for wildfire suppression has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Mike Simpson (R-ID) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR). Currently, when the fire suppression…

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You’re Invited to #FindYourTrail

In 2018, America will celebrate the 50th anniversary of our National Trails System and Americans everywhere are being encouraged to #FindYourTrail! When the 1968 National Trails System Act was signed into law, America was given a gift – the creation…

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