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Find Your Destination »

Fall is here! Enjoy peak foliage hikes, crisp nights by the fire, and stargazing opportunities at one of our destinations from Maine to New Jersey!

Adventure With Us »

Wildlife Transect »

[26‑Sep‑2023] It's time again to check on what the wild residents of our Appalachian Lands are up to. This time we'll be exploring the trail lands in the Old Adams Rd/Jones Nose/Noepel Shelter area.

Western MA Activity Committees »

AMC offers over 8,000 adventures annually, from local chapter activities to major excursions worldwide, for every ability level and outdoor interest. Our Western MA activity committees plan and lead nearly 300 of these activities every year. Join us for hiking, biking, paddling, mountaineering and many other outdoor activities, or volunteer to help maintain trails and corridors!

News & Events

A Quick History of AMC »

[21‑Sep‑2023] Are you new to AMC? Learn all about us from our timeline, which takes you on a quick tour of everything AMC - from our inception in 1876 to our latest protection measures.

Women's Weekend 2023 »

[06‑Oct‑2023 ➢ 08‑Oct‑2023] Save the date! We have begun planning for the second annual women's weekend, Connecting Women, Connecting Nature. This year, we are excited to be collaborating on this event with Women Outdoor, a nonprofit that promotes women's leadership, friendship, adventure and enjoyment in the great outdoors.
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Join Us for FallFest!

Get ready to celebrate all things fall with the AMC Western Massachusetts Chapter on September 30, 2023 at the AMC Noble View Outdoor Center from 10:00 - 4:00. There will be a variety of guided and self-guided activities including hikes, morning and moonlight paddles on Russell Pond, and bike rides, as well as demonstrations, information tables, music, and of course, food.
A BBQ lunch will be served from 12:00 - 2:00, as well as popcorn and cider throughout the day. Family activities will be offered including a StoryWalk®, pumpkin craft and games. A suggested donation of per family includes BBQ lunch, access to activities, and free one-year membership for first-time members. Registrants have an option to select a different registration fee. Click or tap here for details and to register.

Committee Highlights

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Conservation Committee »

Trust for Public Land, in partnership with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, announces the conservation of 200 acres along the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) in Southwick, MA. LEARN MORE »

A.T. Management Committee »

The 250,000-acre corridor of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and its surrounding landscape are rich in natural and cultural resources. The Western MA A.T. Management Committee runs a robust program to catalog, monitor, and manage these resources on A.T. land in our state. READ MORE »

Mountaineering Committee »

With Access Fund's support, the Western Massachusetts Climbers' Coalition has secured permanent conservation protection for Farley Ledges and Rose Ledge. The victory is another reminder that when climbing access is threatened, local climbing organizations are often the first and best line of defense. READ MORE »

Paddling Committee »

The Western MA Chapter is blessed to have strong female leaders within its volunteer ranks. These women lead and participate in paddling trips all over the world, from Maine's Allagash River to the Connecticut River and north to Canada. READ MORE »

NET Committee »

For many hikers, the ideal trail is a remote trail; the farther from civilization the better. The New England National Scenic Trail (NET) is not that trail. AMC RESOURCES »

Communications Committee »

These two bald eagles were watching over Hampton Ponds yesterday as the sun set. Finding these majestic raptors is always a thrill, but doing so as the sun set on Independence Day, even more so.

DEI Committee »

On Monday, June 19th, our country will celebrate Juneteenth for the third time. This federal holiday commemorates the day that Union troops occupied Galveston, TX to declare that slavery is illegal. READ MORE »

Membership Committee »

Are you a "people person" who enjoys personal networking, meeting new people and planning events? AMC's Western MA chapter is seeking a volunteer to serve as our Membership Chair. READ MORE »

Hiking Committee »

If you go on one of our sunrise hikes, you get to eat these for breakfast! READ MORE »

Bicycling Committee »

Western MA cyclists enjoyed a relaxed, 20-mile warm-up ride on scenic country roads in the southwest corner of the Berkshires on May 21. Starting in Great Barrington, MA, we rode a clockwise loop through Sheffield and Egremont at a sustained pace of 11-13 mph. READ MORE »

Training and Education Committee »

Participants in our two-day Trainer Course on October 14, 2023 learn Leave No Trace skills and ethics as well as techniques for educating others about these low impact practices. Trainer Courses involve a blend of classroom instruction and outdoor activity. READ MORE »

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