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American Trails celebrates over 25 years of working on behalf of ALL trail interests. Our website,, is the world’s most comprehensive online go-to source for planning, building, designing, funding, managing, enhancing, and supporting trails and greenways.


American Trails is the only national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests, including hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, water trails, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail motorcycling, ATVs, snowmobiling and four-wheeling. American Trails members want to create and protect America’s network of interconnected trails.

We support local, regional, and long-distance trails and greenways, whether they be in backcountry, rural or urban areas. Our goal is to support America’s trails by finding common ground and promoting cooperation among all trail interests. Since our formation in 1988 we’ve been involved in everything from training trails advocates to increasing accessible trail opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Mission of American Trails

American Trails strives to enrich the quality of life for all people and the sustainable development of communities by advancing and promoting the development, preservation, and enjoyment of diverse, high quality trails and greenways.

Vision Statement

American Trails envisions the nation’s public trails and greenways being within reach of all people wherever they live, work, and play. This vision ensures that: 

  • we connect people with the natural world by enabling those who build, maintain, use, and dream of trails.
  • we improve the nation’s quality of life, health, and well-being with trails and greenways used for recreation and transportation. 
  • we invigorate communities financially by supporting trails that add valuable amenities that spur economic development. 

Read more about Core Values… and our Guiding Principles…

Our work includes:


Contact us:

American Trails
P.O. Box 491797, Redding, CA 96049-1797
Telephone: (530) 605-4395
Fax: (530) 867-9014


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