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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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

Congressional Action on North Country Trail

March, 2015 – A good trail always starts with a good plan. But, sometimes, decades later, the plan needs to be tweaked. This is not normally a big deal, but when the trail is a congressionally-designated National Scenic Trail, that means having Congress approve the changes.

Currently, the North Country …

America Prepares for Nationwide Celebration: National Trails Day®

While plenty of Americans eagerly await the coming of spring, many hiking clubs, non-profits, and land managing agencies are already busy planning special outdoor events for the onset of summer.  American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®, the largest annual trails celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2015, and …

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How Trails Get Their Names

The names of hiking trails are often straightforward and self-explanatory — they are chosen for a point of interest, or perhaps a trail leader or volunteer who helped blaze the original path.

But every so often, a catchy or unusual trail name comes along that defies the norm and makes …

ATC Biennial Conference: Registration opens April 15th!

Special Event: Wild & Wonderful Women Series – Rockville, Maryland

The outdoors is a wild and wonderful place, and you should be in it! Join REI, American Hiking Society and Mountaineers Books author of Best Hikes with Kids for the Wild & Wonderful Women speaker series by and for women and girls. First in the series is author Patricia …

Hiking the Unfinished Trail

Hike 3,100 miles from Canada to Mexico along the grizzly-bear infested Continental Divide Trail? No way. The few hikers I met who had walked the Divide called it a “trail in flux.” Sections are built or changed so frequently that most USGS maps don’t bother labeling it. This is why CDT …

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How Trails Get Their Names

The names of hiking trails are often straightforward and self-explanatory — they are chosen for a point of interest, or perhaps a trail leader or volunteer who helped blaze the original path.

But every so often, a catchy or unusual …

ATC Biennial Conference: Registration opens April 15th!

Special Event: Wild & Wonderful Women Series – Rockville, Maryland

The outdoors is a wild and wonderful place, and you should be in it! Join REI, American Hiking Society and Mountaineers Books author of Best Hikes with Kids for the Wild & Wonderful Women speaker series by and for …