The Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) is an all volunteer, nonprofit corporation that was organized on June 18, 1935, to assume responsibility for the management, maintenance and protection of the Appalachian Trail (AT) in Maine. Except for its limited role in Baxter State Park, the MATC is responsible for all Trail and Trail structure design, construction, and maintenance, for monitoring activities in the AT corridor, and for basic public information and education regarding the Trail in Maine. The MATC is not a hiking or outing club. It exists solely for the protection and perpetuation of the AT. The MATC is not affiliated with nor is it a part of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). The MATC and the AMC are two separate organizations, although both are involved with protection and maintenance of the AT.
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The Appalachian Trail (AT) stretches approximately 2,168 miles from Georgia to Maine. Since 1948, when Earl Shaffer completed the first “thru-hike” from end to end of the trail, some 6,000 thru-hikers have followed in his footsteps.
Appalachian Mountain Club staff and volunteers maintain over 279 miles of the Appalachian Trail in five states as a maintaining club of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, along with another 1,200+ miles of trails in the Northeast. Our staff and chapters also manage backcountry shelters along the AT, as well as the huts system in the White Mountains. Our Maine Woods Initiative is working to protect land Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness, helping to buffer 25 miles of the AT corridor.
Resources for Hiking the Appalachian Trail and Volunteering- Appalachian Mountain Club.
We offer guided hiking and walking trips year-round — as well as wilderness camping, backpacking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing trips — visiting some of the wildest and most beautiful parks and natural areas in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other northeastern states. We have a huge repertory of locations and often unique New York hiking trip itineraries (and many scenic New Jersey and Connecticut destinations as well) that include little-known areas that are off-the-beaten-path, and we also hike on famous trails like the Appalachian Trail. On our hikes, walks, and other excursions we explore many of the region’s most spectacular mountain ranges, enjoying (and letting ourselves be inspired by) lovely scenery that includes splendid mountain vistas, pristine lakes, rushing streams, wild rivers, and roaring waterfalls.
via Wild Earth Adventures Hiking Club: New York Hiking Trips, New Jersey & Connecticut Hiking Trips.