New England Trail

The sounds of summer are only a few weeks away: kids laughing and playing at the park, the conspicuous jingle of the ice cream truck, the buzz of lawnmowers cutting the grass, pickaxes and shovels clinking on hardened earth and rock. Wait, pickaxes and shovels? That’s right: Summer is trail work season in New England….

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You can take a trail to get somewhere, but it’s often the trail that takes you to places you never dreamed of. AMC members revel in trail-based recreation while also recognizing the need to care for the trails we use to disappear into the forest or climb to a stunning vista. Throughout our region, AMC…

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The New England Trail was lucky enough to have not one, but three of AMC’s teen trail crews working on the trail this summer. The last crew finished up their time on the trail earlier this month, but before they left the teens and the Southern New England staff took the time to tell us…

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Where better to start a hike than at the beginning? This summer, those hiking section one of the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) in Massachusetts will experience the newly constructed boardwalk at Rising Corner Road in Southwick, where they will also have the opportunity to view the newly placed memorial to Pat Fletcher.

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For a trail-loving runner, the search for a new stretch of off-road running never ends. I’ve lived in towns from Downeast Maine to Philadelphia, and the urge to explore defined many of my runs. In each spot I found a local go-to destination for regular runs, but I also kept looking for new trails, perhaps…

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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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The filmmaker Ken Burns subtitled his documentary on the national parks “America’s Best Idea,” after a quote by the writer Wallace Stegner, and it’s hard to argue the point. It is through the national parks that we come to discover the jaw-dropping beauty of some of America’s best-loved places, and where we find the irresistible…

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Appalachian Mountain Club organizes annual event for college outing clubs in Pioneer Valley FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 5, 2016 AMHERST, Massachusetts – The annual 5 College Outdoor Festival returns to Hampshire College on April 16, bringing together local students from the Five College area to enjoy and gain a deeper appreciation for stewardship of the…

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Working with helicopters, rock drills, and razor-sharp axes are all part of the job for AMC’s professional trail crew. Watch this short doc by AMC Outdoors’ managing editor, Ryan Smith, to learn more then see photos of history-making trail crews. LEARN MORE The trails you love need your help. When you support AMC’s Trails Fund, your…

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