Pennsylvania

Just outside of Boston, the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway runs 10 miles from the quiet suburban town of Bedford to the bustling edge of Cambridge. I ride the length of this paved rail-trail nearly every weekday to work and back again—more than 6,000 miles to date, and counting. Beneath shady woods, alongside tranquil meadows, past landmarks…

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Like many hikers, I spend a great deal of time staring at maps and dreaming of the possibilities of adventure and escape they evoke. For several years now, I have come back to maps of the Susquehannock Trail System (STS) in north-central Pennsylvania—and not just because I hiked the trail system for my new book,…

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When spring arrives after a Northeast winter, seeing colorful wildflowers poking out of the newly thawed earth can be a joyful experience. So put away your heavy boots, hang up your winter coat, and try any of these spring nature walks. Wildflowers appear earlier in some locations than in others. These hikes are listed chronologically,…

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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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Recent natural gas prices have hit all-time lows, because underground supplies have become more accessible through a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. While that fuel burns relatively cleanly and is less expensive than other energy sources, gas extracted by fracking carries with it other costs that make this energy anything but cheap. Fracking…

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Outdoor summer fun can be as inexpensive as putting the kids in bathing suits and turning on the sprinklers. But if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, try exploring these free summer activities around the AMC region. Massachusetts In Massachusetts, the Highland Street Foundation has collaborated with cultural organizations around the state to…

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When hiking with kids, it’s always good to have a payoff to reward their effort, whether you’re offering a mountain view or a chocolate bar from your backpack—or maybe both. One of the best attractions to keep kids going on the trail is water, whether it’s burbling brooks, flowing waterfalls, or swimmable lakes. Here are…

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Philadelphia is a glorious place to be a kid outdoors, as anyone who has explored the city’s Fairmount Park can tell you. The largest landscaped urban park in the world, Fairmount is just one of Greater Philly’s many attractions. With its moderate seasons, expansive open spaces that stretch from the city to the countryside, and…

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Last summer I took a cabin full of 11- and 12-year-old campers on a hike. Most of them had never hiked before, so we went to nearby Sabattus Mountain in Lovell, Maine. The 1.4-mile loop gains just over 1,000 feet of elevation. The hike was so easy that I almost felt guilty for being rewarded…

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On day three of my five-day bike tour, I stopped riding. Gravity and the south side of the Kittatinny Ridge had defeated me. I’d expected a day of uninterrupted, flat pedaling along the Delaware River. But small nuisances that don’t show on a map—that you wouldn’t even notice in a car—mounted. A bit of flood…

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