Acadia National Park

Peak foliage, when leaves are at their most vibrant and colorful, is an unfailingly beautiful time of year. Why not prolong it and chase the changing colors southbound along the Appalachian Trail, with stops along the way for easy to moderate hiking? 1. GORHAM MOUNTAIN AND OCEAN PATH | Acadia National Park, Maine To begin your…

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I have given the river safety talk hundreds of times: that pre-launch speech a guide delivers to passengers before plunging into the water. There’s a certain tone you take, a combination of stern yet humorous, intended to make sure guests are prepared but not scared to death. Your audience is usually attentive, respectful, even a…

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You know the feeling: Yesterday was rainy, but today the sun is out, the sky is clear, the temperature is creeping toward warm. It’s spring, and you’re ready to hit the bike trails. But hold up there, friend. Before you unleash your wheels on vulnerable backcountry mountain bike routes, think about whether there are other…

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You’ve likely heard of New Hampshire’s 4000-footers, those  peaks in the White Mountains with summits cresting 4,000 feet in elevation. Thousands of hikers flock to them each year in search of a challenge. For some, the goal is to complete all 48. For others, it might be a single mountaintop. But where to start if…

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Moonlight can transform even the most mundane landscapes into silvery utopias—especially in winter, when bare branches provide bountiful unobstructed views and snow reflects the magical moonglow. Whether you’re looking for a shorter hike to catch a glimpse of a full moon or a longer trek to more remote vistas, there’s a moonrise hike for you….

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If we need any more evidence of the rejuvenating power of nature, measuring the moods of national park-goers isn’t a bad place to look. Just strides into a recent trail run in Acadia National Park, I get a big smile and a “howdy” from a mountain biker. More smiling bikers follow close behind. Over the…

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The very first Maine Mountain Guide, a svelte sky-blue volume, appeared in 1961 as a spinoff of AMC’s longstanding Katahdin Guide, itself an offshoot of the original White Mountain Guide. At a scant 190 pages, the book was hardly the definitive compendium we rely on today. Nonetheless, each of the Maine Mountain Guide hikes below…

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You may remember late last year AMC and other conservation groups raised the alarm about a proposed increase to National Park fees across the country. Back in November, the Department of Interior proposed a $45 increase to entry fees for 17 of the most iconic National Parks. Good news – thanks to the more than…

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Update: In April, after considering 109,000 comments received from the public, the National Park Service announced it was abandoning its proposed fee hikes (highlighted below) and would instead increase fees by $5, effective June 1, 2018. A proposed National Park Service (NPS) hike in entry fees could impact hundreds of thousands of visitors to two…

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Congress passed the National Trails System (NTS) Act 50 years ago this October, designating the country’s marquee footpaths, the Appalachian Trail on the East Coast and Pacific Crest Trail on the West Coast, as National Scenic Trails. The NTS also recognizes two additional categories, National Historic and National Recreation trails, and has grown to include…

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