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.

Purchase AMC Books

AMC Books & Maps are available for purchase at all of our lodges and huts, as well as online in the AMC Store.



Trail Guides

Get turn-by-turn descriptions, statistics (elevation, distance, difficulty), and safety information in AMC’s trusted, comprehensive trail guides, each featuring pull-out maps.

Books include: White Mountain Guide, Maine Mountain Guide, Massachusetts Trail Guide, Southern New Hampshire Trail Guide, Catskill Mountain Guide, North Carolina Hiking Trails

Day Hikes

Find the best four-season day hikes and walks for you, with recommended trips for all ability levels, each featuring maps and GPS coordinates.

Books include: New Jersey; Philadelphia; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Catskills & Hudson Valley; Vermont; White Mountains; Maine Coast; Berkshires; Connecticut; New York City; Shenandoah Valley; Central Massachusetts


Plan memorable multiday excursions, from moderate overnight trips to challenging week-long wilderness treks with these reliable three-season guides.

Books include: New England, Mid-Atlantic

Quiet Water Paddling Guides

Choose from dozens of recommended canoe and kayak trips on ponds, lakes, and slow rivers, with maps, directions, and nature notes for each.

Books include: Maine; Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island; New Hampshire and Vermont; Mid-Atlantic; New York

Outdoor Skills

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.

Books include: Mountain Skills Manual, Real Trail Meals, Guide to Outdoor Leadership, Complete Guide to Trail Building & Maintenance, Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography

Hike, Bike, Paddle

Make the most of your itineraries with these multisport guides, featuring the best hikes, bikes, and paddles at prime outdoor destinations.

Books include: Outdoor Adventures Acadia National Park, Discover Martha’s Vineyard, Discover Cape Cod, Discover the White Mountains, Discover Maine

Adventure & History

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

Field Guides

Use these full-color guides to identify and protect delicate and dramatic trailside flora and fauna as you learn about the complex forces that shape our environment.

Books include: Field Guide to the New England Alpine Summits, Nature Guide to the Northern Forest

Winter Sports

Strap on those skins and find the most remote spots for fresh powder; learn the skills for surviving and thriving outdoors in Northeastern winters.

Books include: Best Backcountry Skiing in the Northeast, Winter Hiking & Camping

Outdoors With Kids

Introduce your family to the outdoors with lots of laughs and zero stress! This series recommends close-to-home hikes, parks, paddles, and green spaces for kids up to age 12.

Books include: Boston; New York City; Philadelphia; Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont


Trail Maps

Pack and consult these detailed, durable topographic maps en route. Marked with trail-segment mileage, hiker shuttle stops, campsites, shelters, huts, ranger stations, summit elevations, and more, these waterproof maps are your trustworthy guides to saying on-trail.

Maps include: White Mountain National Forest Set (also available individually); Acadia National Park; Maine 1-2; Maine 3-6Massachusetts 1–3; Massachusetts 4–5

Maps & Guides

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.

Maps include: White Mountain National Forest; New England Trail; Bay Circuit Trail; 100-Mile Wilderness

Book Updates

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 to let us know.

Updates to Snow Sport Guides

Updates to Skills 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 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 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 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.