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HikaNation – an AHS Legacy – Celebrates 35th Reunion

HikeaNation was a cross-country hike – from California to Delaware – that took place in 1980 and 1981 over a course of 13 months and more than 4,000 miles. This hike was intended to raise public awareness of hiking …

Complete America’s Great Trails Act

April, 2015 – The Complete America’s Great Trails Act (H.R. 781) is a bill which would provide property owners with tax incentives to provide easements along National Scenic Trails in an effort to close existing gaps. This piece of …

I want to help protect the places I love to hike!

Like you, I feel more alive when hiking among tall trees, breathing in fresh air, or trekking out to my favorite vista or waterfall.  The opportunity to get outdoors and discover on a good hike is what keeps me …

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AHS Supports Study of Outdoor Recreation Economy

April 10, 2015 – American Hiking Society joined with numerous other recreation and environmental organizations urging the Department of Commerce to measure the economic activity generated by the outdoor recreation economy. This information will be critical to support continued investments in conserving the public lands used by hikers, paddlers, …

Help Promote Your Favorite Trail

This spring American Hiking Society will be joining our federal partners as we celebrate all the places where Americans enjoy the outdoors. AHS’s trails promos, complimentary to the larger National Park Service “Find Your Park” movement, will seek to get Americans thinking about all the places they can get …

Alternative Spring Break = Service with a Smile

This March, more than 120 students donated their spring break period to give back to hiking trails across the country as part of American Hiking Society’s Alternative Break program.  These trail stewards are rock-stars and we are so proud of their achievements and dedication to conserving the public lands that we …

Therm-A-Rest and American Hiking Society partner to inspire the country on National Trails Day®

Therm-a-Rest, the leader in outdoor comfort, and American Hiking Society, the only national non-profit dedicated to protecting the places you hike, are pleased to announce their formal partnership to help further the conservation initiatives across the country. Therm-a-Rest has joined as a sponsor of National Trails Day, the country’s …

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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 …

Coming Back to Pay it Forward

By: Mark Ray

Fifteen years ago, the movie Pay It Forward popularized the idea that the best way to repay a favor is to do a favor for someone else—to pay the favor forward, in other words. But, as Scouting alumnus Peter Johnson demonstrated last fall, it’s actually possible to …

#HikingMakesMe – Liz Thomas

American Hiking Society Ambassador, Liz Thomas, responds to our #HikingMakesMe interview. 

My name is Liz Thomas, but my friends call me Snorkel because that is my trail name.

When I go on a hike, I never leave home without my Altra shoes, Darn Tough socks, and Sawyer Mini filter.

My favorite book(s) …

It’s a funny thing about trails…

By : Sam Hodder, President & CEO, Save the Redwoods League

It’s a funny thing about trails. They seem to carry a lot more significance than their linear simplicity would imply. For me, trails have always been complicated. Not just because I know firsthand what it takes to build them, …

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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 …

Coming Back to Pay it Forward

By: Mark Ray

Fifteen years ago, the movie Pay It Forward popularized the idea that the best way to repay a favor is to do a favor for someone else—to pay the favor forward, in other words. But, as Scouting …

#HikingMakesMe – Liz Thomas

American Hiking Society Ambassador, Liz Thomas, responds to our #HikingMakesMe interview. 

My name is Liz Thomas, but my friends call me Snorkel because that is my trail name.

When I go on a hike, I never leave home without my Altra …

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