The Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region.
We believe these resources have intrinsic worth and also provide recreational opportunities, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region. Because successful conservation depends on active engagement with the outdoors, we encourage people to experience, learn about, and appreciate the natural world.
Our 16,000 volunteers, 450 full time and seasonal staff, and 100,000 members, supporters, and advocates are central to our mission. Our staff offers outdoor experiences and programs focused on our Maine and New Hampshire huts and lodges, while our 12 chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C. offer a variety of local outdoor activities and skills workshops. Staff and volunteers also maintain over 1,800 miles of trails, support our conservation policy and research efforts, and work to get urban and at-risk youth outdoors. Learn more about what we do in our fact sheet (PDF).
AMC is the nation’s oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization. Read more about our history and resources available through our library and archives.
AMC’s Board of Directors has established a long term strategic plan for the organization, with the goal of building a vibrant and diverse community of 500,000 constituents, helping to get 500,000 kids outdoors, leading regional conservation action, and broadening the impact of the Maine Woods Initiative on the 100-Mile Wilderness region. See an overview of Vision 2020 >>