Massachusetts

Some of the Northeast’s more tranquil and remote spots can only be reached by water. With spring upon us, it’s time to launch your kayak or canoe into a new lake or pond. AMC authors have explored the best ponds and lakes across the Northeast for the Quiet Water book series (a completely revised edition…

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Want to get your kids outside, discover new places in your area, and meet other families interested in the outdoors? AMC’s new Outdoors Rx program helps you do all these things—and win prizes. Earlier this winter, my 4-year-old daughter and I went for a hike organized by Susan Brown, the youth and family outdoor community…

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Swish, swish. Swish, swish. Our skis whisked across the glossy white surface of a field at Dolly Copp campground in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. On this chilly, early spring morning, the campground was otherwise silent and empty. I followed two old friends, Brian and Val, eastward across the snow. In the distance lay…

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You don’t have to be a hard-core mountaineer to enjoy breathtaking views from the Northeast’s mountains, as they come in all sizes. In the shadow of famous peaks such as Washington, Katahdin, and Greylock are lower summits with outstanding views of their better-known neighbors. These little mountains offer relatively short and less-traveled trails that are…

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Watch a narrated bicycle ride up Massachusetts’ tallest mountain, 3,491-foot Mount Greylock. This classic 18-mile round-trip ride, starting in Lanesborough, Mass., will test your stamina and reward you with breathtaking views at the top. Read the AMC Outdoors feature story “On the Rise: Peak-Bagging on Two Wheels” to learn more about cycling to the top…

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Outdoor summer fun can be as inexpensive as putting the kids in bathing suits and turning on the sprinklers. But if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, try exploring these free summer activities around the AMC region. Massachusetts In Massachusetts, the Highland Street Foundation has collaborated with cultural organizations around the state to…

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When hiking with kids, it’s always good to have a payoff to reward their effort, whether you’re offering a mountain view or a chocolate bar from your backpack—or maybe both. One of the best attractions to keep kids going on the trail is water, whether it’s burbling brooks, flowing waterfalls, or swimmable lakes. Here are…

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The hum of traffic always fades. Even when it’s still there, beyond the trees—Interstate 495, Route 2, the Mass. Pike—my mind filters out the buzz and focuses on the soundtrack of the Bay Circuit Trail. In Sharon and Concord and Hamilton it’s the same: Songbirds sing and woodpeckers peck. Occasionally a turtle or fox stops…

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I had the biggest wildlife encounter of my life last winter on the cross-country ski trails of Anchorage, Alaska. I skied by a moose calmly browsing in the willows near the trail. As I passed behind, it suddenly whirled without warning. Within a ski stride, the moose advanced almost close enough to stomp me with…

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Some pretty outrageous ads have appeared in the Trader section of AMC Outdoors. One reads, “Seeking an educated Romeo, 67+, who can still drive, walk, talk”; in another is the even less romantic “If you think this is a dumb way to meet, we’ve got something in common.” And one pitch begins with the enticing…

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