Massachusetts

I admit the reason I ended up at Cat Rock Park, in Weston, Mass., was its proximity—just over 4 miles from my front door. Beyond that convenience, my expectations were low in part because of its other name: 80 Acres. But it turns out that’s just the name of the meadow in the park’s center….

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While my fellow dads and I had been frequenting the Middlesex Fells for our early Sunday trail runs, we recently rediscovered a trail network further to the northeast, but equidistant from our homes in Boston: Lynn Woods Reservation. Operated by the City of Lynn, the 2,200-acre reservation is said to be the second largest municipal…

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For more than three decades, Rhode Island’s state parks, forests, beaches, and campsites have been Jeff Ulricksen’s playground. But Ulrickson, the communications chair for AMC’s Narragansett Chapter and a volunteer with its trails committee, has observed changes in his beloved public lands—and not for the better. “You constantly come across old structures, camps, picnic areas,…

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The scars of domestic violence are not always visible. One traumatic act can have a lasting effect on a survivor, with the road to recovery requiring time and attention. For families, part of that healing involves regaining a sense of hope—a process AMC is helping nurture by offering survivors and their children a safe place…

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If you’ve mastered the basics of rock climbing and are eager to take your passion outdoors, you might be ready to graduate from indoor walls to real rock faces. First, research what type of climbing you’d like to pursue: traditional, top roping, or bouldering. Then, check with your local AMC chapter or climbing gym to…

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What might be the most successful river cleanup you’ve never heard of just received a big assist from Washington, D.C.  By the 1960s, the Nashua River—which runs between Worcester County, Mass., and Nashua, N.H.—had earned the distinction of being one of the most polluted in the country, awash with discharge from area paper mills. The…

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  For decades, when a power company wanted to build or relicense a hydroelectric dam, it could do so with little outside input about the structure’s impact on fish, animals, or recreational users downstream. The Deerfield River Agreement of 1994, which AMC helped facilitate and which turns 25 this year, changed all that—not just for…

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Across the nation, outdoor recreation generates more than $59 billion in local and state tax revenues each year. When we buy a lift ticket, purchase new boots, or spend the night in a hotel before a big hike, tax revenues flow to towns and states. But some states benefit more, proportionally, from these revenues than…

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  Do you enjoy the challenge of negotiating bumpy slopes or tight treelines on skis, staying in perfect control, even when obstacles and gravity conspire against you?  Do you love riding roller coasters? Or getting tossed around by big waves at the beach?  Have you ever stood rapt in front of a front-loading washing machine…

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A recent string of May showers relegated me to the Green Line instead of my usual bike commute—but all wasn’t lost. On one wet morning, as the train neared Chestnut Hill Station in Newton, Mass., I caught a glimpse of something surprising: trails! Lush, winding trails covered in a soft bed of orange needles and…

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