May 28, 2019 – American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® will establish a trail service world record on June 1, 2019. American Hiking Society invites everyone who enjoys spending time outside to join in setting the world record for the most people improving trails in a single day by pledging to improve a trail on National Trails Day®.

“The government shutdown earlier this year had a negative impact on public lands and the trails we love, so American Hiking Society is rallying the trails community for a record-setting day of trail service,” explains Kate Van Waes, Executive Director of American Hiking Society.

Kicking off summer with hundreds of outdoor events across the country, National Trails Day® unites hikers, cyclists, equestrians, and paddlers with the goal of improving America’s extensive trail system and connecting more people with public lands. It is a great opportunity for people to try something new, explore wild spaces, and leave a trail better than they found it right in their neck of the woods—or city.

It’s easy to get involved.  Anyone can join an organized event by locating nearby activities on the National Trails Day® event search page. With events ranging from trail projects, to guided hikes, to community festivals and after parties, there is something for everyone. The best part is that no prior experience is needed to participate. As an inclusive event, National Trails Day® welcomes everyone to experience trails and public lands in a new way.

Anyone can join the national celebration by taking the pledge to improve a trail and find an event at

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American Hiking’s National Trails Day® is made possible by the generous support of Corporate Sponsors – Merrell, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Eddie Bauer, Repel, Columbia, REI, Popular Mechanics, Uinta Brewing, Nature Valley, Banfield Pet Hospital, Save The Redwoods League, Osprey Packs, Tilley, Tasty Bite and Federal Partners – National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Federal Highway Administration, and U.S. Forest Service.

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering all to enjoy, share, and preserve the hiking experience.