Empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience.
We envision a world where everyone feels welcome in the American hiking community and has permanent access to hiking, including urban, frontcountry, and backcountry opportunities. We will achieve this vision by empowering all communities to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience; advocating for the protection and expansion of hiking spaces; fostering trail stewardship; and collaborating with partners.
Policy & Advocacy - American Hiking Society works with Congress and federal agencies to shape public policy and legislation affecting hiking. Our efforts ensure funding for hiking trails, the preservation of natural areas and the protection of hiking experiences. Through our national advocacy, Hike the Hill®, and regional initiatives American Hiking protects trails and the hiking experience in areas of the country where specific and urgent needs exist.
Volunteerism & Stewardship - American Hiking Society organizes and coordinates Volunteer Vacations and National Trails Day® – nationally recognized programs that help keep our trails open, safe, and enjoyable.
Outreach & Education - American Hiking Society is committed to increasing Americans’ participation in and enjoyment of hiking and conducts outreach through events, educational materials and partnerships with other recreation and conservation organizations.