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Hiking Trails in America Pathways to Prosperity

Fifty years ago President Johnson set in motion the establishment of a national system of trails for America. Since LBJ’s famous speech outlining his vision, America has accomplished much . . .

by American Hiking Society


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Hiking trails in America have proven to be tremendously popular and beneficial to individuals and to the nation as a whole. This intentional system of trails forged decades ago brings not just health benefits, a connection to nature, and opportunities for recreation, but real, measurable financial benefits— building stronger communities and a stronger America.

However, we cannot rest on our accomplishments as much remains to be done: trails that were begun must be completed, a new generation of trail stewards must be fostered, and we must continue to invest in the same trails that put new muscle into our economy.

At the end of the day, we know this is true: Americans do and will continue to follow in the footsteps of Lewis & Clark, Henry David Thoreau, and John Muir. They will continue to seek outdoor adventure, literally blazing new trails both nearby and far from home. They will seek to live a healthier life and establish a closer connection to the natural world.


Published June 2015

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As the only national voice for hiking, American Hiking Society envisions a world where every American has permanent access to a hiking trail.

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