Where would you be without trails?

It is a simple question, but we find it to be one worth pondering. If any of you are like us, the longer you sit with this question, the more you will discover the overwhelming impact that trails have on our lives. Often in very unexpected ways.

We are betting most of you can relate. Trails are irresistible and indispensable to the physical and mental well-being of everyone and form the basis of basic transportation in most areas of our world.

American Trails is working hard to establish trails as quality of life infrastructure essential to every community’s success, to elevate the trail industry into an influential national role, and help its industry constituent organizations solidify their relevance among the communities they serve.

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Who we are

American Trails is the collective voice for a diverse coalition of enthusiasts, professionals, advocates, land managers, conservationists, and friends of the outdoors and livable cities. As a national nonprofit organization working on behalf of all trail interests, American Trails advocates for the cooperative establishment and support of hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail motorcycling, ATVing, snowmobiling, water, and all other trail types.

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. Promoting best practice among all stakeholders and promoting specialty products and services in the trails community is a vital aspect of American Trails’ mission.

Here are 3 great ways to get involved:

Find your trail - American Trails hosts the National Recreation Trails database and map of over 1,300 of America's finest trails. Find the trail closest to you and get out there! Share your experience with others on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts.

Become a Member - Since 1988, our members have become the unified, collaborative, diverse voice for America's network of interconnected trails, which we consider to be vital to our national well-being. Join this growing group of dedicated supporters. We have levels ranging from $19 per year and up, so you can choose a membership level that suits your needs. Click below for details.

Donate - Support this new website and all of American Trails' exciting programs by making a tax-deductible donation. Any amount you can give will help. Click on the link below to begin this simple process, and thank you!

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Trails Fund and Insurance program

A Joint Initiative of American Trails and Conservation United, Inc.

An emerging grant program known as the “Trails Fund” serves the dual goals of bringing insurance expertise and continuity to the trails industry, while leveraging insurance commission and premium.

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Trails are irresistible and indispensable

"A national trail is indeed a portal to the past. But it is also an inroad to our national character. It tells us how we got where we are. Our trails are both irresistible and indispensable... It is up to all of us who care so deeply for the future of this great country to join in this uniquely American undertaking of building, maintaining and protecting these unique treasures. I hope you will join me, for the sake of the generations to come."

-- Stewart Udall, "The National Trail System: A Grand Experiment" (2008), Mr. Udall represented Arizona in the U.S. House from 1953 until President Kennedy appointed him Secretary of Interior in 1961.

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