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SNOWSHOE HARE (Lepus americanus) Any one who has come across snowshoe hare tracks deep in the woods in late winter can appreciate the expression, “Mad as a March Hare.” The expression usually refers to one who is completely insane. And if you are trying to figure out what these snowshoe hares are up to, you…

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AMC member Sinclair Kennedy photographed these tandem paddlers easing themselves through a maze of boulders on the Ammonoosuc River in 1910. (Aptly enough, the waterway’s name stems from an American Indian word meaning “narrow fishing place.”) Though the identities of the outdoorsmen are unknown, there’s a good chance fellow canoe enthusiast John W. Worthington joined…

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Whitewater paddlers in the Northeast have to be slightly crazy (or is it seriously committed?) to pursue their passion to the fullest. Some of the best, most exciting conditions don’t occur during the warm days of summer. They tumble down in the frigid days of late winter and  early spring, when rain and snowmelt flood…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 26, 2009 New England Travel Writers Network survey also selected lodge a runner-up for “Best Value Destination in New England” The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is pleased to announce that the New England Travel Writers Network (NETWN) has selected AMC’s Highland Lodge in New Hampshire’s White Mountains as the “Best Green…

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Updated December 2013 Visit the New England National Scenic Trail website at www.newenglandtrail.org. Q: What is the New England National Scenic Trail?A: The New England National Scenic Trail, more commonly known as the New England Trail (NET), is a 215-mile hiking trail route through Massachusetts and Connecticut. The NET received official National Scenic Trail status…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2009 The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) praised this week’s Congressional passage of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009, which includes designation of the New England National Scenic Trail (NENST). President Obama is expected to sign this legislation into law, making the NENST one of the first National Scenic Trails designated in 26…

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When visitors come to the AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in the White Mountain National Forest, there are a handful of questions that are often asked, again and again. There are the usual questions about trails and conditions, the location of bathrooms and potable water. A favorite question for a Naturalist Guide is any dealing…

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As I wrote earlier the Appalachians have a very complex geologic history that built major mountain chains which formed and then eroded over vast periods of time. I will begin the history around 500 million years ago during the Late Cambrian/ Early Ordovician periods. Since the rock record covers such vast quantities of time geologists…

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Chickadees are cheerful little birds that keep us company through the long White Mountain winters. They are known by site with their familiar black cap and bib and their white cheeks. When you are out in the woods, listen for the familiar “chickadee-dee-dee” call and the two note “fee-bee” call. Closely related are the Boreal…

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Our History

January 11, 2009

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are renowned for outdoor adventure and their fascinating ecosystems. Each season brings exciting changes in weather, plant life, recreational opportunities, and wildlife activity. But there is something that is often overlooked when visiting such beautiful, natural areas: the complex and interesting cultural history of the northern forests. Pinkham Notch,…

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