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Interior Department Supported $358 Billion in Economic Activity

WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 24, 2015 – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today released a report showing that the various activities of the Department of the Interior contributed $358 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014, supporting more …

Meet Our Interns

American Hiking is pleased to introduce you to it’s summer interns!  Join us in welcoming the next generation of trail stewards: 

Meghan Foley
Meghan is a rising senior at the College of William & Mary majoring in Public Policy. At school, Meghan …

Secretary Jewell and Director Jarvis Designate New National Recreation Trails

As an early celebration of American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan Jarvis have designated 10 new National Recreation Trails.

National Recreation Trails are a part of …

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Hiking Trails in America: Let’s Finish the Job

American Hiking Society Issues Call to Action

SILVER SPRING, MD – June 4, 2015 –A new American Hiking Society report, Hiking Trails in America: Pathways to Prosperity, details 50 years of progress in the creation and expansion of America’s trails, while also highlighting the critical work that remains to fulfill President …

AHS Releases New Report: Hiking Trails in America

American Hiking Society is pleased to announce it’s publication of Hiking Trails in America: Pathways to Prosperity, a report that answers the need for a one-stop source for readily understood information about America’s hiking trails and the myriad of benefits these trails offer the nation. Hiking Trails in America …

Celebrate National Trails Day with American Hiking Society and Maryland State Parks

SILVER SPRING, MD – May 2015 – American Hiking Society, in conjunction with the Maryland Park Service, is hosting a hiking and biking adventure at one of Maryland’s most scenic wild places, Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary, on American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®, June 6, 2015. As the largest annual …

Thousands to hit the trails for a day of discovery and adventure

SILVER SPRING, MD – May, 2015 –  From the wilds of Alaska to a forest in Puerto Rico to a wildlife refuge in Maine and beyond, thousands of Americans will head outdoors on Saturday, June 6, to enjoy National Trails Day®, the largest annual trails celebration in the U.S. …

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National Trails Day and Great Outdoor Month 2015

By: Jennifer Pharr Davis, American Hiking Society Ambassador

The danger of celebrating a day dedicated to trails and a month marked for outdoor enjoyment is that some might see the commemoration as a way to consolidate wilderness activities into a single activity or a short season of exploration.

Instead, we should …

Feeding Your Mind and Body on Vacation

By: Laura Randall

It’s prime vacation season, and with that comes the joys and challenges of deciding how exactly to spend all that leisure time.

Some people want their vacations to be all about infinity pools, umbrella-topped drinks, and large costumed characters. Others prefer to scale a mountain or master a …

Breaking Ground to Extend Lost Coast Trail

On the windswept Northern California coast is one of the most rugged, remote and wild places in the state. Great expanses of forest meet wildflower-carpeted bluffs before plunging from rocky cliffs to long, deserted beaches. Here, you can find solitude and escape surrounded by dramatic natural beauty like nowhere …

Exhilarated by my own human power

By: Liz Thomas, American Hiking Society Ambassador

When I was a freshmen in high school, I wrote an essay about my first time mowing a lawn. It seems like a silly topic to write an essay about, but ever since I can remember, I had thought of mowing a lawn …

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National Trails Day and Great Outdoor Month 2015

By: Jennifer Pharr Davis, American Hiking Society Ambassador

The danger of celebrating a day dedicated to trails and a month marked for outdoor enjoyment is that some might see the commemoration as a way to consolidate wilderness activities into a …

Feeding Your Mind and Body on Vacation

By: Laura Randall

It’s prime vacation season, and with that comes the joys and challenges of deciding how exactly to spend all that leisure time.

Some people want their vacations to be all about infinity pools, umbrella-topped drinks, and large costumed …

Breaking Ground to Extend Lost Coast Trail

On the windswept Northern California coast is one of the most rugged, remote and wild places in the state. Great expanses of forest meet wildflower-carpeted bluffs before plunging from rocky cliffs to long, deserted beaches. Here, you can find …