AMC releases new Mahoosuc Map and Guide
The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has released its new AMC Mahoosucs Map & Guide, which highlights outdoor recreation opportunities in the Mahoosuc Mountain region.
The map and guide features more than 30 of the best hiking, paddling, biking, and cross-country skiing opportunities for all abilities. A detailed, hill-shaded map provides complete coverage of the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, the local segment of the Appalachian Trail, and the new, 39-mile Grafton Loop Trail, as well as local campsites, picnic areas, put-ins for paddling, and boat ramps.
The map and guide is a collaborative effort of the Mahoosuc Initiative, which aims to address the ecological and economic needs of the region through land conservation, community development, and economic development. The Mahoosuc Initiative is supported by local conservation and community organizations, as well as regional and national conservation groups.
The “AMC Mahoosucs Map & Guide” includes information on: trip ideas for all ability levels; trips ranging from a few hours to multiple days; hiking, biking, paddling and cross-country skiing; Grafton Loop Trail; trail-segment mileage; camping and lodging; scenic views; the natural and human history of the Mahoosuc region; Leave No Trace and HikeSafe guidelines.
“One goal in publishing the Mahoosucs Map & Guide is to let people know that this region is a great place to visit, whether for a day or for a week, with lots of options for getting outdoors,” said Bryan Wentzell, AMC’s Maine Policy Manager. “We hope local retailers, innkeepers, and proprietors of other establishments will see the Mahoosucs Map & Guide as a tool to encourage their customers to extend their stay, or make plans for a return trip.”
“The Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce is thrilled that AMC has produced a comprehensive hiking map of the Mahoosucs,” said Robin Zinchuk, the chamber’s executive director. “We think that this tool will help raise awareness of the quantity and quality of outdoor recreation opportunities within an easy drive of our communities.”
According to the AMC, critical in the creation of the Mahoosucs Map & Guide were many hours of work contributed by local volunteers, who offered their knowledge of some of the area’s best outdoor recreation destinations. Contributing their great knowledge and enthusiasm were such local residents as Appalachian Trail Conservancy volunteer Larry Ely of Shelburne, N.H.; Sally Manikian of Tri-County CAP in Berlin, N.H.; Jim Mitchell of Bethel, and Steve Wight of Newry, the Mahoosuc Land Trust; Ferg Lea and Jeff Stern of the Androscoggin River Watershed Council, and Berlin, N.H., Economic Development Director Norman Charest.
Ordering Information: The AMC Mahoosucs Map & Guide is available at local retailers and wherever books are sold, or directly from the AMC at www.outdoors.org/amcstore or by calling (800) 262-4455. The retail price of the map and guide is $6.95.
Booksellers and retailers should call Globe Pequot Press at (888) 249-7586 for ordering information. Outdoor retailers can also purchase the map through distributor Peregrine Outfitters by calling (800) 222-3088.
About the AMC: Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club is the oldest conservation and recreation organization in the nation. With 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 members in the Northeast and beyond, the nonprofit AMC promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region. AMC believes 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 active engagement with the outdoors, AMC encourages people to experience, learn about, and appreciate the natural world.