AMC Maps

Maps are passports to adventure and armchair exploration. As you look toward the 2018 summer hiking season, new maps, updated for both popular and lesser-known destinations—plus one gorgeous new wall map—provide rich and up-to-date fodder for planning your next big adventure. Here’s what’s caught my eye of late. Cohos Trail 2017 Map Update If you’re looking…

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I’m a nostalgic person. I love antique shops, old, outdated objects like type writers, and rotary telephones. Anything that looks like it holds a story captures my attention. But, there comes a time in every backcountry shelter’s life when we must face the music, and make way for something new. I am proud to announce…

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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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If you love the outdoors and spend any time in eastern Massachusetts, AMC’s new Bay Circuit Trail Map & Guide is an essential addition to your bookshelf of awaiting adventures. This waterproof, three-map set ($19.95; members $15.96) details the entirety of the 230-mile Bay Circuit Trail (BCT) network, which arcs around the greater Boston area…

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Edward G. Chamberlain (1845-1935), one of AMC’s earliest members, immersed himself in mapmaking from a young age. He devoted his life to surveying and cartography, both for the commonwealth of Massachusetts and for AMC, and eventually became the organization’s unofficial cartographer. When he took it upon himself to volunteer his assistance at an AMC outing…

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On a shaded stretch of pavement straddling the Erving–Northfield border in central Massachusetts, my colleague Ryan Smith and I pause our hike to take a drink and study our map. We haven’t been standing on the shoulder long when a rapid series of beeps and chirps erupts from a field across the street. “The R2-D2…

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Long trails ranging from hundreds to thousands of miles connect some of the Northeast’s and Mid-Atlantic’s most treasured public lands. While some hikers cover a long trail’s full distance in one extended effort, others carve out day hikes or multiday backpacking trips. The segments below provide excellent introductions to eight long trails. 1. Cohos Trail …

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AMC’s book authors spend months—even years—exploring our region by foot and boat to compile the trips that make up their books. Few people know these areas so well. Here, the authors and editors of seven new AMC Books titles share their favorite locales. 1. West Quoddy Head State Park (Lubec, Maine) “The park is as…

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  Deep within New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest, a rocky cascade of a spur path descends from the Bondcliff Trail to the Guyot Campsite. Hikers arrive here from all directions: Some trek along Garfield Ridge and the Twinway; others hike past iconic Zeacliff; still others climb up out of the Pemigewasset Wilderness and pass…

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When work is called a party, it appears, people are happy to show up to work. That was the story on the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway in 2014, when volunteers participated in seven AMC-led Saturday work parties, helping to maintain this 230-mile multi-use recreation path that’s known as Greater Boston’s “Outer Emerald Necklace.” The…

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