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It may not feel like beach weather to you, but piping plovers are already returning to their northern nesting grounds along the Atlantic coast. These tiny shorebirds usually reach southern New England by the end of March or early April and arrive in habitats farther south even sooner. In 1986, plovers were listed as threatened…

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The Northeastern landscape has inspired poets, journalists, and novelists for centuries. Their words have, in turn, awed, informed, entertained, and even terrified generations of readers. The eight hikes below are set in locations that influenced some of our greatest literary giants. Get details, grab their books, and get out there. 1. RACHEL CARSON SALT POND PRESERVE New Harbor, Maine A modest quarter-acre salt pond on the shore of…

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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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During the 19th century, railroads crisscrossed America, connecting goods, provisions, and passengers to previously inaccessible parts of the country. Although railroads no longer dominate domestic travel, thousands of miles of old routes have found new life, repurposed as multiuse recreational paths for cyclists, pedestrians, and others. From Maine to New Jersey, the eight rail-trails below…

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It’s easy to skip the local playground during the summer, when so many beaches beckon—especially on Cape Cod, which can seem like one giant sandbox. Certainly there’s no lack of choices, but for those who might like to avoid major crowds of vacationers, Sandy Neck Beach Park, a 6-mile-long barrier beach in Barnstable County, is…

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Paddling to an island offers the best of two worlds: the waterborne access of a canoe or kayak and the unfettered freedom of a hike. Islands can provide a remote picnic spot, a chance to stretch your legs or nap in the sun, and a temporary escape from the bustle of the mainland. Lucky for…

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Coastal hiking in the Northeast isn’t just walking on the beach. Forests and fields, bogs and ledges are all part of the coastal environment, and many trails pass over and around some of each. With a cool breeze sweeping in from the Atlantic, these coastal trails are hard to beat for a midsummer hike. Quoddy Head…

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Some of the Northeast’s more tranquil and remote spots can only be reached by water. With spring upon us, it’s time to launch your kayak or canoe into a new lake or pond. AMC authors have explored the best ponds and lakes across the Northeast for the Quiet Water book series (a completely revised edition…

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When you think of Cape Cod, visions of sandy beaches and summer often come to mind. Yet, long after the crowds and traffic have departed, this famed sandy peninsula offers another, less-known treat in the form of foliage displays that last into November, featuring an array of natural communities that are uncommon elsewhere in New…

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