“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 →

New HTA Website!

Hello! I am happy to announce our new website that will focus on closing the gaps in the National Scenic Trails. Ten out of 11 have gaps and we are on a mission to gain Congressional approval for this important... Read more →

Progress at the OR Show!

The mission of Hiking Trails for America, closing the gaps in our National Scenic Trails, was very well received at the huge Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City last week.   Help Close the Gaps, Tell A Friend!FacebookTwitterGoogle+Pinterest Read more →

Seeking Industry Support

Just two weeks ago I made another trip to Washington DC to talk again with our lobbyist, Destry Jarvis and others, about advancing our cause in the next session of Congress, but more specifically to meet early, right after the... Read more →

Europe 2016. Dubrovnik, Montenegro, France

Just spent three weeks in Europe hiking.  I landed in Dubrovnik, visited the old walled city and then drove north through Montenegro to hike in Dermator National Park, the country’s largest.  From there I returned to Paris, took the fast... Read more →

Travels on the Florida Trail in the Panhandle

Let me tell you about a beautiful part of Florida most Floridians have never heard of and fewer still have seen. I’m talking about the rivers and streams that flow south out of Georgia and Alabama across the Florida panhandle... Read more →

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