#KernBlog – Columbine-Hondo Wilderness

Recently I flew to Santa Fe, New Mexico to meet up with Bill Kemsley and Larry Luxembourg. The purpose of the trip, other than to meet up with friends was to meet with Outside Magazine and explain the serious issue... Read more →

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#KernBlog: Welcome Aboard Amanda!

Hiking Trails of America (along with Friends of the Florida Trail) is happy to announce a new staff member.  Amanda Sims has been hired on a part time basis.  She will be assisting with social media and website updates.  She... Read more →

Have You Visited Our Facebook Page Lately?

Check out Hiking Trail for America’s Facebook page for the latest updates, news, and stories about our mission to close the gaps in our National Scenic Trails. PLUS – Don’t forget to check in every Friday to see Jim’s weekly... Read more →

“Mind The Gaps”

Backpacker Magazine, January 2017 In 1968, Congress established the National Trails System Act to bolster our nation’s growing network of long trails. But only one of our 11 marquee long paths is protected end-to-end. A new advocacy group aims to... Read more →


St. Augustine Social, June 2015 by Meeka Anne Armed with a backpack and a camera, Jim Kern tells stories, forges footpaths, and pioneers preservation efforts for America’s hiking trails. You never know who you might meet in St. Augustine. Jim... Read more →

HikaNation – A Handshake Across America 1980-81

In 1980, a large group of passionate hikers set out on a 4,300 mile adventure called HikaNation, that would take 14 months to complete and would stretch from Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California to Washington, D.C. Organized by... Read more →

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