Forty-five years ago Congress created the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to help federal, state, and local governments directly acquire land or fund conservation easements. Nearly 7 million acres of land have been conserved, using $9 billion—funded primarily from royalties on offshore oil and gas drilling. Each year, AMC and its Conservation Action Network…

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Each autumn, as leaves turn from green to yellow, orange, and red, northern New England becomes the focus for foliage aficionados. The forests of Connecticut need not take a back seat to their northern neighbors, however, as they have much to offer as well. Just a few miles short of the New York border, before…

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Ghosts, curses, and even the occasional headless horseman are not just Halloween fodder. Although late October is their time in the spotlight, they haunt trails throughout the Northeast year-round. For generations, ghoulish legends have been passed down by storytellers and witnesses alike, spooking hikers along the way. Even if you’re not a believer, these tales…

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Cadillac Mountain, at 1500 feet, is the highest peak on the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. Perched high above Acadia National Park, with panoramic views of Down East Maine, Cadillac’s summit is a prime location for watching the sun rise (or set, for that matter). In fact, for much of the year (October-March), the summit…

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Whether you’re in search of thigh-burning climbs and eye-watering descents or prefer the technical demands of a rocky and rooty trail, the Northeast offers a growing number of single-track trails for the nobby-tire crowd. Most areas open to mountain biking will offer a little of everything, so you may want to break from the routes…

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Three skiers glide across an open slope in the White Mountains during the winter of 1927. AMC played a central role in the 1920s and 1930s in introducing New Englanders to the sport of skiing and became a significant catalyst to the formation and growth of the region’s alpine ski industry. In the 1920s, club…

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In 1922, AMC published the fifth edition of the White Mountain Guide, then titled Guide to Paths in the White Mountains and Adjacent Regions. A section called “Emergencies in the Woods” provided basic instruction and ink drawings on recognizing and treating hiking-related ailments. The authors noted, however, that “The following brief description does not pretend…

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A couple pauses on their hike to pose in the alpine zone on June 29, 1919. Mount Adams serves as their backdrop. AMC began documenting alpine plant species as early as 1900, when a list of plants collected in the Alpine Zone was published at a Field Meeting on the summit of Mount Washington. A…

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AMC member Dot McLaughlin ascends Katahdin’s Pamola Peak in this 1939 photo series. Climbing in the Northeast remained an all-male affair until the early 1800s, when women began making their way up the region’s high points. Recognizing the changing times would be a key factor in AMC’s early success. Indeed, women were among the club’s…

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George Bliss, patron and chronicler of life at Little Lyford Pond Camps, sits on the steps of the camps’ Wolf Star cabin for this 1933 cover of a Bangor and Aroostook Railroad promotional booklet. The Lynn, Mass., native visited the camp 25 times between 1921 and 1946 and maintained a typewritten journal of his experiences,…

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