It’s where we unplug to recharge, where we cut loose to feel most connected. But our favorite places to play are vulnerable. Their maintenance is underfunded while foot traffic keeps growing—a divergence that is wearing out our wild lands.
That’s why we’re launching Take Back Our Trails: to uphold our trails and rivers through action and advocacy. Alongside partner organizations and explorers like you, we’re committed to hands-on restoration and upkeep, and we’ll champion the link between wilderness and well-being.
If we don’t step up, our trails die out. Let’s protect our gateways to adventure.
On June 1, 2019, we teamed with American Hiking Society for National Trails Day, hoping to make history for the most people participating in trail restoration in a single day.
In what often feels like a hurry-up, distracted era, we can celebrate that recreational use of public lands is on the rise. People are playing outside! The unfortunate catch: federal funding to maintain trails isn’t keeping up. It’s nowhere close, really, and there’s not a miracle turnaround hiding up a budgetary sleeve. In fact, it’s going to take us rolling up our sleeves to change the course.Take a Closer Look