Hiking Organizations and Clubs
Appalachian Mountain Club
The nation's oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization, the Appalachian Mountain Club was founded in Boston in 1876. It's a great resource for hiking in the Northeast. The club operates a network of backcountry huts and conducts guided hikes and other recreation programs.
American Hiking Society
Founded in 1976, the American Hiking Society is an organization dedicated to the protection of the nation's trails and the promotion of hiking. Its website is filled with helpful links and information for hikers.
State-by-State Hiking Organizations
The American Hiking Society offers an extensive list of organizations around the country. Arranged by state (and with links), it's a convenient way to find hiking organizations and other groups in your area that are dedicated to maintaining trails and protecting public lands.