Massachusetts

The 75th anniversary of AMC’s first bike trip got us thinking about how the second World War changed outdoor recreation. While WWII unfolded overseas, a host of challenges faced those on the home front, from a gas shortage to a depleted workforce. Although recreation was far from a priority, the war did much to shape…

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Some hikes are rewarding in almost any condition, whether the ground is frozen solid or covered by deep snowpack. When we asked AMC Books authors for their favorite early-winter hikes, they volunteered a coastal walk, a summit climb, a lake loop, and everything in between. Frozen and frosty or snowy and slick, these recommended hikes…

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In October, a lot of attention goes to pumpkins, whether picking them, carving them, or eating them, but there’s another fall crop, especially in Massachusetts that deserves our attention: the cranberry! There are several places and ways to learn about the little red berry, including museum exhibits, farm tours, and even wading out in a…

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To paraphrase the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu, the canoe trip of 410 miles begins with a single paddle stroke. Why 410? That’s the length of the Connecticut River Paddlers’ Trail, which now hosts two new campsites built by volunteers from AMC’s Berkshire Chapter and members of AMC’s Roving Conservation Crew. With so many miles of…

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It’s been an abnormally dry summer in the Northeast, especially in southern New England. Will the lack of moisture affect the upcoming fall foliage season? Probably not as much as you think. It’s true that large portions of Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire are currently in a state of either severe or extreme drought, per…

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Take a step outdoors. What do you see? Hear? Feel? What do you seek by taking that next step? These simple questions can have complex answers. Nature means many things to many people—and many things for the same person. It can satisfy our curiosity and spirituality, challenge us intellectually and physically. As a writer, photographer,…

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From forestry to mining to farming, much of the Northeast and Mid- Atlantic has seen industrial use. But in many places, nature is once again taking hold, with forests colonizing formerly cultivated fields and overgrowing the remnants of mines. When hiking in these reclaimed settings, keep an eye out for stone walls, cellar holes, and…

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At 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is the highest mountain in Massachusetts. It is also a delightful destination if you’re looking for a short overnight backpacking adventure. There are several options for camping on Mount Greylock. Five backcountry shelters dot the flanks of the mountain, two of which are on the mountain’s western slopes. There’s also…

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There’s a lot to be said for the act of fishing, from learning patience to unplugging from technology to simply enjoying being outside. I live in the city, where fishing is certainly not something every kid learns how to do, but it’s one of those summer activities that can be so much fun and so…

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Looking to get out with your favorite four-legged friend? These six treks let you romp, roam, walk, and wade through the outdoors together. If you and your dog haven’t hiked before, check out AMC’s guide to hiking with dogs and watch our video about the 10 essentials of hiking with dogs. And before you go,…

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