Maine Hiking Clubs

Maine Hiking ClubsFor hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, Maine is a giant playground with hundreds upon hundreds of networked trails. Areas like Acadia National Park harbor beautiful wilderness views. Maine is also the northernmost terminus for the Appalachian Trail. There are 282 miles of the AT in Maine where many thru-hikers finish their long journey at the 5,267-foot Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park. Discover several clubs open to those who love to hike in Maine.

Maine Outdoor Adventure Club

The MOAC is an organization based in Portland, composed of volunteers of all ages who organize activities including hiking, camping, climbing, mountain biking, kayaking, sailing and snowshoeing. All levels of outdoor enthusiasts are welcome to this club, and various levels of trips are organized and led. This club was started in 1989 and now has nearly 1,000 members. Members also often volunteer for trail maintenance. For those who want to learn new skills, develop currents skills or teach others, this is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and enjoy the outdoors together. The club also meets regularly once a month in addition to all the various outings held year-round. Membership also entitles you to several discounts at nearby sporting good stores.

Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter

The AMC is the oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization in America, having been founded in 1876. Today there are more than 100,000 members--3,500 of those belonging to the Maine Chapter, which was founded in 1956. This group actively supports conservation of the northeast Appalachian region and organizes many outings. The Maine Chapter organizes hiking trips that range from beginner level to advanced winter level, as well as paddling and whitewater trips. There are also presentations and meetings about conservation issues. To become a member of the Maine Chapter, join at the AMC website. A subscription to AMC outdoors and Wilderness Matters (the Maine Chapter Newsletter) is included with your dues.

Maine Appalachian Trail Club

This volunteer, nonprofit corporation maintains 267 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail in Maine. The MATC is composed of people who love to get outside and help maintain this corridor in the wilderness. Outings are essentially work trips, which are usually scheduled for weekends and sometimes include overnight camping. According to the MATC website, their work generally consists of "lean-to, privy and site construction, footpath recovery (bog bridges, erosion-control techniques, water bars), trail relocations, brush and blow-down removal, paint blazing" and helping the Maine Trail Crew with rockwork and footpath hardening. This club is great for people who want to be outside on the trails, but want to do more than hike. It is also a great way to meet others who wish to lend a hand in maintaining Maine's trails.

Article Written By Naomi Judd

Naomi M. Judd is a naturalist, artist and writer. Her work has been published in various literary journals, newspapers and websites. Judd holds a self-designed Bachelor of Arts in adventure writing from Plymouth State University and is earning a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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