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The American Hiking Society is a Maryland-based non-profit dedicated to preserving trails, the areas that surround them and the hiking experience. It was founded in 1976.

American Hiking Society
American Hiking Society (logo).png
FounderBill Kemsley
Jim Kern
Paul Pritchard
Area served
United States
Over 7,500[1]
$1,036,281 USD (2013)[2]
Approximately 10[3]


The American Hiking Society has three main avenues of action:

  • Volunteerism and Outreach including Volunteer Vacations, which began in 1978 [4] to mobilize volunteers to work on trail maintenance, and National Trails Day, which is held the first Saturday every June to spread awareness and celebrate hiking.
  • Policy and Advocacy: working with Congress to develop hiker-friendly legislation and various federal agencies on implementation.
  • Trail grants and assistance: the Society provides grants to local organizations for building and maintaining trails, providing nearly $50,000 of funding in 2007.[5] Also, this organization heads up the Alliance of Hiking Organizations, a network of hiking and trail clubs from all over the country.


  1. ^ Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Charity Navigator
  3. ^ "staff". Archived from the original on 2008-04-02. Retrieved 2008-04-09.
  4. ^ Vacations blend public service, hiking
  5. ^ Annual Report 2007[permanent dead link]

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