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Guides , Trail Maps, and Great Reads from AMC Books

AMC Books & Maps

For over 100 years, the Appalachian Mountain Club has produced the most trusted guidebooks for hiking, biking, paddling, and exploring the mountains, rivers, trails, and seacoasts of the Northeast. AMC Books are written and published by top outdoor experts who know and love the Northeast outdoors, and are passionately committed to sharing these precious outdoor places with others, from beginning trekkers to the most hardened backpackers. Our mission is to publish authoritative, accurate, and easy-to-use books and maps based on our century of expertise in outdoor recreation, education, and conservation, and educate every explorer about safety, conservation, and stewardship of the outdoors.

Purchase AMC Books

AMC Books & Maps are available for purchase at all of our lodges and huts, as well as online in the AMC Store.


New from AMC BOOKS

AMC's maps and guidebooks help you experience the best hiking, paddling, and biking that the Northeast has to offer, or cozy up with a great fireside read when you're not out on a fantastic adventure. See what's new from AMC Books below, and check this page often—we're rolling out exciting, new titles all the time!


AMC Books' core publications appeal to novices and day visitors as well as outdoor enthusiasts in the activity areas of hiking and paddling, and helping kids and families enjoy the outdoors. We work with the best professional writers possible and draw upon the experience of our programs staff and chapter leaders from Maine to Washington, D.C. Our maps are based on our direct work with land managers and our on-the-ground collection of data on trails, natural features, and points of interest. General inquiries, book updates, and manuscript submissions can be directed to We look forward to hearing from you.

Permissions, Rights, and Reproductions

If you are looking to reproduce copyrighted material that appears in an AMC Books publication (for personal or professional use), please contact us via email at or by mail at AMC Books Editor, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02138. Include details about the name of the original publication in which the material appears, the specific material to be used, and the way in which you would like to reproduce the material. Include your name, address, phone and fax numbers, and email address.

The photos and cover images that appear on this page are provided as a courtesy to media professionals. Use of these images requires photo credit, plus notification of use that includes the media outlet and photo selections to be used. Additional photos are available upon request.

Submitting a Manuscript

If you are interested in writing for AMC Books, send a query letter and the first three chapters of your manuscript to the publications department at You can also mail your materials and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to AMC Books Editor, Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108.

Your query letter should explain the subject of your book and why it would be appropriate for AMC Books to publish. Include information about word count (our guidebooks are typically between 80,000 and 100,000 words) and any special art or graphic treatment that you envision.

Tell us how the book would be distinctive by comparing it to similar titles that are already on the market. Also explain the intended audience for your book and why you think your book would generate interest. Present some ideas of how you would help us market the book and reach readers.

Conclude with a summary of your relevant experience and credentials, including previously published writing on related topics. Allow us four weeks to respond to your query.


White Mountain Guide 29th Edition Cover

AMC Trail Guides

Hikers depend on the detailed trail descriptions and trip planning information in AMC's comprehensive trail guides. Each includes a pull-out paper trail map.

Available for: White Mountains, Maine Mountains, Southern New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Catskills, and North Carolina

Best Day Hikes in the White Mountains, 3rd edition

AMC's Best Day Hikes

These easy-to-use guides cover the best four-season walks and hikes for all ability levels, from beginner to advanced.

Available for: White Mountains, Maine Coast, Vermont, Berkshires, Connecticut, Catskills and Hudson Valley, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Shenandoah Valley, and Washington, D.C

AMC's Best Backpacking in the Mid-Atlantic

AMC's Best Backpacking

Whether you're looking for a moderate overnight trip or a challenging week-long trek, these three-season guides will lead you to the most incredible, multi-day excursions in the Northeast.

Available for: New England and the Mid-Atlantic

Quiet Water Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, 3rd Edition

Quiet Water Paddling Guides

Whether you're a beginner or experienced paddler, the Quiet Water series will guide you to the very best flatwater paddling trips in the Northeast.

Available for: Maine; New Hampshire and Vermont; Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island; New York; and New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania

AMC's Guide to Outdoor Leadership, 2nd Edition

Outdoor Skills and Leadership

Learn the skills you need to succeed in the backcountry from the outdoor experts at AMC with our Outdoor Skills and Leadership series.

Available for: Outdoor Digital Photography, Winter Hiking and Camping, Trail Building and Maintenance, and Outdoor Leadership

Outdoors With Kid New York City

Outdoors With Kids

Your kids love playing in the sunshine and fresh air, but it's no easy task to get the whole family outdoors if you're not sure how. These handy guides offer great tips on where to go, what to do, and how to get started exploring the outdoors with children up to age 12.

Available for: Boston; New York City; Philadelphia; and Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont

Discover Acadia National Park, 3rd Edition

Discover Series

There's so much to do in the outdoors! AMC's Discover series is perfect for multi-sport adventurers looking for the best hiking, paddling, and cycling trips in the Northeast's most spectacular locations.

Available for: Acadia National Park, the Adirondacks, Cape Cod, Maine, Martha's Vineyard, and the White Mountains

Field Guide to the New England Alpine Summits

Field and Nature Guides

These field guides will help you understand the complex influences that shape the flora and fauna of the mountains and forests of the Northeast, with beautiful, full-color photographs to help you identify and protect the precious plants, birds, insects, amphibians, and mammals that inhabit our region.

Available for: New England Alpine Summits and Northern Forest

Book Updates

From time to time, information covered in our books may change in the field, such as the relocation of a trail or trailhead. Since a new edition of the book may not be immediately available, this page will regularly offer updates to our most popular AMC books. Bookmark this page and check here often, especially before heading out on a trip. If you find that a route described in one of our guides has changed or a description contains an error, please email to let us know.

Updates to Snow Sport Guides