AMC's Mission & History

The New York-North Jersey Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) hosts over 2,000 outdoor recreation activities per year. We were the very first Chapter in AMC. Our members come from throughout the New York City metro, southeastern New York, and northeastern New Jersey area. Whatever your outdoor interests are, we have something for you.

With over 10,000 members, the New York-North Jersey Chapter is the second largest of the 12 regional chapters of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Our Chapter offers its members more than 20 outdoor events on most weekends, many for beginners. We know that you would enjoy many of them, and we’d like you to come along. We invite you to join us on our activities and to help us conserve and preserve those outdoor resources that we all enjoy.

The New York-North Jersey Chapter was the first chapter to be formed, and celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2012. We promote the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of the Appalachian region, and believe these resources have intrinsic worth and provide recreational opportunities, spiritual renewal, and ecological and economic health for the region.

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Appalachian Mountain Club


At AMC, connecting you to the freedom and exhilaration of the outdoors is our calling. We invite and help people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. AMC helps you get outdoors on your own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., including groups in Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia, you can enjoy activities like hiking, paddling, cycling, and skiing, and learn new outdoor skills. We offer advice, guidebooks, maps, and unique lodges and huts to inspire your next outing. You will also have the opportunity to support our conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and work maintaining 1,800 miles of trails. We invite you to join us in the outdoors.

Our Mission

Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

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 active engagement with the outdoors, we encourage people to experience, learn about, and appreciate the natural world.

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