Help Care for our Trails!


American Trails and urge you to learn more about how you can support and preserve America's trails. We thank our many partners for supporting the work of trail groups and volunteers everywhere.


Trails don't just happen! Learn who builds and takes care of our trails and how you can get involved...


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Care for our public lands.

Learn how to leave the great outdoors even better than you found it.

Leave No Trace offers seven principles of enjoying the backcountry responsibly.

Tread Lightly! promotes principles of responsible recreation for all kinds of trail activities. Children will enjoy Tread Lightly!'s Kids website.

Bureau of Land Management Stewardship & Outdoor Ethics Program.

Mountain bike riders should know the IMBA Rules of the Trail.


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Develop new skills.

Meet the people who manage trails across America. There are many opportunities to pursue your interest in our public lands.

Visit the online calendar of trail training opportunities.

Find opportunities for young people in education and work experience with the Student Conservation Association.

The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council offers a wide variety of educational programs and resources.

Learn how to make trails more accessible for persons with disabilities.


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Be a volunteer.

Help build and maintain trails. Your time and your skills are needed everywhere in America to keep trails open and in good shape.

On an American Hiking Society Volunteer Vacation, you visit stunning backcountry locations to construct or rebuild footpaths, cabins and shelters.

Find out more about volunteers and what they do for trails.

Check the index of states with links to local groups who are working on trails in your area.



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Join an organization or club.

You membership supports trails and outdoor recreation.

Consider joining a group in your state or community. See our index of states with links to hundreds of local organizations. Several national organizations support trails of different kinds.

To find a local club for your trail activity, check out the Backcountry Horsemen of America, the International Mountain Bicycling Association, and the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council.

There are many other opportunities to learn about trails and how you can get involved. If you support trails, your first stop should be American Trails, one of the largest sources of information on the Internet.

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Help support funding for trails and and open space.

If you believe we need to have good trails, and keep land open for recreation and wildlife, your voice needs to be heard!

Learn what's going on nationally and in Congress that affects trails and public land everywhere.

Fuel tax from recreational vehicle use supports the Federal Highway Administration's trail grant programs in every state.

The American Hiking Society watches issues affecting hiking trails and conservation.

Check the American Trails Blog for opinions on current issues.



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