Philly Visitor Guide
Appalachian Mountain Club
The Appalachian Mountain Club was established in 1876 by a group of university professors in Boston who wanted to enjoy and protect New Hampshire’s White Mountains and other mountain landscapes in the Northeast. Throughout the years, AMC has worked to protect natural places and outdoor experiences throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic States in service of our mission to promote the protection, enjoyment, and wise use of the mountains, rivers, and trails of the Appalachian region. The club has played a part in the conservation of the White Mountain National Forest, establishing the 2,144 mile Appalachian Trail, and creating the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and the Cape Cod National Seashore. Today, club members maintain more than 1,500 miles of trails throughout the Northeast, including a section of the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania. The club’s Mid-Atlantic office is currently working to create a cohesive land protection effort for the entire four-state Highlands region, a 3.5 million acre greenway that extends from south-central Pennsylvania to the Northwestern corner of Connecticut., with a particular focus on the Pennsylvania Highlands. The Pennsylvania Highlands is over 1.5 million acres and includes, Northampton, Lehigh, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks, Chester, Lancaster, Dauphin, York, Franklin, Cumberland and Adams counties.