Founded in 1876, the non-profit Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)
promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains,
forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
regions. AMC helps people of all ages
and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world.
We believe these resources have intrinsic worth and also
provide recreational opportunities, spiritual renewal, and ecological and
economic health for the region. Because
successful conservation depends on the active engagement with the outdoors, we
encourage people to experience, learn about, and appreciate the natural world.
AMC is the nation’s oldest outdoor recreation and
conservation organization. AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and
understanding of the mountains, forest, waters, and trails of the Northeast
We are more than 100,000 members, advocates, and supporters,
including 12 local chapters, more than 16,000 volunteers, and over 450 full
time and seasonal staff. Our chapters
reach from Maine to Washington, D.C.
We offer more than 8,000 trips each year, from local chapter
activities to adventure travel worldwide, for every ability level and outdoor
interest — from hiking and climbing to paddling, snowshoeing, and skiing. We host more than 150,000 guest nights each
year at our AMC lodges, huts, camps, shelters and campgrounds. Each AMC
Destination is a model for environmental education and stewardship.
We teach people skills to safely enjoy the outdoors and to
care for the natural world around us through programs for children, teens, and
adults, as well as outdoor leadership training.
We maintain more than 1,800 miles of trails throughout the
Northeast, including nearly 350 miles of the Appalachian Trail in five states.
We advocate for land and riverway conservation, monitor air
quality, research climate change, and work to protect alpine and forest
ecosystems throughout the Northern Forest and Mid-Atlantic Highlands regions.