April 9th, 2015

I recently had an e-mail exchange with Jim Wolf, founder of the Continental Divide Trail Society.  My response fleshes out the mission statement of Hiking Trails for America, so I wanted to share it with our readers.  (See correspondence below.)   Jim Kern (Jim Wolf to Jim Kern) Hi Jim … Read More

27 March 2015

I picked up some very powerful statistics from an article entitled “Trails Make Good Economic Sense” that appeared in the American Hiking Society’s American Hiker, Spring 2014.  Here are two of the best:   The annual economic value of outdoor recreation in America is estimated by the Outdoor Industry Association … Read More

March 9, 2015

Quote from John Burroughs “A better world I have never wanted. I could not begin to exhaust the knowledge and the delights of this one. I have found within it deep within deep worlds within a world, an endless series of beautiful and wonderful forms forever flowing out of itself … Read More

February 27, 2015

Thoughts from the Pacific Crest Trail “I’d read the section in my guidebook about the trail’s history the winter before, but it wasn’t until now – a couple of miles out of Burney Falls, as I walked in my flimsy sandals in the early evening heat – that the realization … Read More

20 February 2015

20 February 2015 I was in Washington D.C. in late January to meet with staff of two senators and others about the status of our country’s National Scenic Trails. Here’s a recap: Wednesday, 28 January 2015: I had breakfast with Chuck Sloan, Vienna, VA, of counsel for the Appalachian Trail … Read More

January 16, 2015 This is our first blog.

You may remember that the president signed into law a budget submitted to him by the House back in early January. In that bill there was $28M of funding for the National Trails System. Funds are to come from the Land & Water Conservation Fund. The money was appropriated very … Read More