AMC Books & Maps
Since 1889, the Appalachian Mountain Club has published the most trusted guidebooks on hiking, biking, paddling, and exploring the mountains, rivers, trails, and seacoasts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. AMC Books are written and field-checked by outdoor experts who love the landscape and are passionately committed to sharing their knowledge with readers of all skill levels.
AMC BOOKS SERIES
Get turn-by-turn descriptions, statistics (elevation, distance, difficulty), and safety information in AMC’s trusted, comprehensive trail guides, each featuring pull-out maps.
Find the best four-season day hikes and walks for you, with recommended trips for all ability levels, each featuring maps and GPS coordinates.
Choose from dozens of recommended canoe and kayak trips on ponds, lakes, and slow rivers, with maps, directions, and nature notes for each.
Master the skills you need for safe and enjoyable experiences in the backcountry, with advice field-tested by AMC’s Outdoor Learning and Leadership experts.
Make the most of your itineraries with these multisport guides, featuring the best hikes, bikes, and paddles at prime outdoor destinations.
Dive into first-person adventure stories, untold histories, and tales of bravery, success, and defeat in the mountains with these timeless titles.
Books include: Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery, and the Rivalry That Built the Appalachian Trail; Desperate Steps; Not Without Peril; No Limits but the Sky; Katahdin: An Historic Journey; The Wildest Country: Exploring Thoreau’s Maine
AMC MAPS SERIES
Use these large-scale topographic maps for planning your next adventure. Each waterproof map covers an entire conservation region on one sheet—giving you a comprehensive view of trails, roads, campsites, visitor centers, and more, with recommended hikes marked on-map.
From time to time, information covered in our books may change in the field, such as the relocation of a trail or trailhead. Since a new edition of the book may not be immediately available, this page will regularly offer updates to our most popular AMC books. Bookmark this page and check here often, especially before heading out on a trip. If you find that a route described in one of our guides has changed or a description contains an error, please email AMCbooks@outdoors.org to let us know.
Updates to Trail Guides
Updates to Day Hiking Guides
Updates to Multi-Sport Guides
Updates to Paddling Guides
Updates to Field Guides, History, and Narrative Books
Updates to Snow Sport Guides
AMC Books’ core publications appeal to novices and day visitors as well as outdoor enthusiasts in the activity areas of hiking and paddling, and helping kids and families enjoy the outdoors. We work with the best professional writers possible and draw upon the experience of our programs staff and chapter leaders from Maine to Washington, D.C. Our maps are based on our direct work with land managers and our on-the-ground collection of data on trails, natural features, and points of interest. General inquiries, book updates, and manuscript submissions can be directed to AMCbooks@outdoors.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Permissions, Rights, and Reproductions
If you are looking to reproduce copyrighted material that appears in an AMC Books publication (for personal or professional use), please contact us via email at AMCbooks@outdoors.org or by mail at AMC Books Editor, 10 City Square, Boston, MA 02129. Include details about the name of the original publication in which the material appears, the specific material to be used, and the way in which you would like to reproduce the material. Include your name, address, phone and fax numbers, and email address.
The photos and cover images that appear on this page are provided as a courtesy to media professionals. Use of these images requires photo credit, plus notification of use that includes the media outlet and photo selections to be used. Additional photos are available upon request.
Submitting a Manuscript
If you are interested in writing for AMC Books, send a query letter and the first three chapters of your manuscript to the publications department at AMCbooks@outdoors.org. You can also mail your materials and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to AMC Books Editor, Appalachian Mountain Club, 10 City Square, Boston, MA 02129.
Your query letter should explain the subject of your book and why it would be appropriate for AMC Books to publish. Include information about word count (our guidebooks are typically between 80,000 and 100,000 words) and any special art or graphic treatment that you envision.
Tell us how the book would be distinctive by comparing it to similar titles that are already on the market. Also explain the intended audience for your book and why you think your book would generate interest. Present some ideas of how you would help us market the book and reach readers.
Conclude with a summary of your relevant experience and credentials, including previously published writing on related topics. Allow us four weeks to respond to your query.