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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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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW   Every time I climb a hill on my bike, I think about yoga. It’s not that I’m an avid yogi by any means: I don’t bend like a pretzel; my practice schedule is irregular at best; and I’m not sure where (or what) my chakras are. Still,…

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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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» CLICK PHOTO ABOVE TO LAUNCH SLIDESHOW Editor’s note: Hamlet Fort reported this story during the summer of 2015. While some croo members have changed since then, others remain the same. Get to know both the 2015 and the 2016 croo.   I had forgotten about our nicknames. But there they were, scratched into the…

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I find myself swaying slowly as I scan various guidebooks and memoirs on the Appalachian Trail, taking mental notes. I came here, to my local bookstore in Baltimore, to look for suggested day hikes on the storied trail known as the AT. Although I’ve hiked some stretches of the trail in Maryland, as well as…

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Since its creation 100 years ago, the National Park Service (NPS) has grown to protect more than 84 million acres of seashore, scenic trails, and historical parks. The eight hikes below represent the rich variety of NPS land in AMC’s region, from Maine to Virginia, offering the best of the outdoors, American history, and even…

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The East Coast region is home to 73 National Wildlife Refuges, providing habitats for hundreds of animal species: furry, feathered, and finned. Since 1903, when Theodore Roosevelt named Florida’s Pelican Island the first refuge of its kind, the NWR designation, first and foremost, has protected and restored wildlife populations and habitats. But these refuges are…

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A furry head skims the surface of the pond a few feet from the trail. Then it’s gone, just a ripple and a question remaining: Was it a beaver? A river otter? I’m eager to get another look. I’m only 100 yards into my weekend run, following the Dike Trail through Great Meadows National Wildlife…

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With summer fast approaching, it’s time to plan your next adventure. Why not go big and commit to one of these seven trips that are probably already on your bucket list? Because one person’s epic adventure might be another person’s day hike, we’ve sorted these trips by duration. Whether you have a weekend, a week,…

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There’s something magical about frozen waterfalls. Streams that fed swimming holes only months before have become icy fortresses, with intricate layers paused midcascade, sharp spikes dangling from rocks and sparkling like chandeliers. In a word, mesmerizing. These six snowshoe and ski routes showcase some of the region’s finest frozen formations. 1. Jewell Falls | Portland,…

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