Central Massachusetts

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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What’s better than protecting not one Massachusetts forest, but two? Protecting them and the 20-mile corridor in between. That’s the case in central Massachusetts as of fall 2018, thanks to the Quabbin to Wachusett (Q2W) Forest Legacy Initiative, which conserves the crucial greenway between Quabbin Reservoir and Wachusett Mountain. Situated in close proximity to 7…

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Good news, leaf peepers of New England: 2018 could be a banner year for foliage hikes. According to the University of New Hampshire, historical trends show that tree leaves are especially colorful in years when the spring has been mild and wet, the summer has been rainy, and the early fall has been warm and…

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Also Noteworthy typically appears in print but was held from the Summer 2018 issue of AMC Outdoors magazine to cover the unraveling of the Northern Pass transmission line at length. You can always find more AMC news in Field Notes. 2017 TRAIL WORK, BY THE NUMBERS In 2017, more than 1,000 AMC trail crew volunteers…

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Thanks to the efforts of conservation groups and the effectiveness of federal, state, and local clean-water policies, many of New England’s most iconic rivers—including the Connecticut, Housatonic, and Merrimack—are cleaner today than they were in decades past, says Kristen Sykes, AMC’s director of conservation strategies. Despite the improvements, there is no guarantee better conditions will…

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  Registrations are open for 2017 Summer Teen Trail Crews – programs are available across New England, from the White Mountains & Berkshires backcountry, to ponds in Maine and New York state, and even the outer-Boston area where teens can make an immediate impact right in the community on the Bay Circuit Trail. Check out…

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Warm weather has arrived after an unusually cold and snowy March. Which means you are probably itching to get out and go hiking. Here are three of my favorite spring hiking destinations in southern New England, plus a few other recommendations to get you started. Current snow cover First, to get a quick handle on…

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Have you ever heard the trail adage: “It’s a simple footpath”? But, when it comes to privies, shelters, signage, re-routes, protecting adjacent corridor lands, and on-going funding for staff, interpretation, and programs, there is nothing simple about managing our National Scenic Trails. That’s why ‘Hike the Hill’ takes place every year, allowing AMC and other…

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Water trails, like their land-based counterparts, lead us through diverse landscapes, challenge us with varying levels of difficulty, and provide a new vantage from which to see the world. For paddlers of all types, kayak or canoe, whitewater or flatwater, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic offer a wealth of routes connecting navigable, publicly accessible bodies of…

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