The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) was founded in Boston in 1876 by noted Harvard astronomer Edward Pickering and a group of outdoor enthusiasts. Initially, AMC focused on building hiking trails and its first high mountain hut in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in the late 1800s; launching its publishing operations with the first edition of the historic AMC White Mountain Guide in 1907 (still in print today); and taking the lead in conservation advocacy efforts. During the 1900s, AMC established a research division, a mountain leadership training school, a variety of youth education programs, a recreational facilities network that includes lodges, cabins, huts, campsites and shelters throughout the Northeast, and volunteer chapters that still engage thousands of individuals.
Through its 12 chapters located from Maine to Washington, D.C., its volunteers, and its staff, AMC sponsors a wide range of activities, including education, research, advocacy, trail stewardship, backcountry lodging facilities offering outdoor recreation opportunities, volunteer projects, public service programs, and outdoor publications.
At AMC, connecting you to the freedom and exhilaration of the outdoors is our calling. We invite and help people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. AMC helps you get outdoors on your own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., including groups in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia, you can enjoy activities like hiking, paddling, cycling, and skiing, and learn new outdoor skills. We offer advice, guidebooks, maps, and unique lodges and huts to inspire your next outing. You will also have the opportunity to support our conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and work maintaining 1,800 miles of trails.