Lodges, Huts and Camps at AMC
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Stay with the AMC for comfortable lodging and the best hiking, paddling, skiing, and snowshoeing in the region. From rustic to deluxe, AMC destinations provide a range of family-friendly ways to enjoy the outdoors.
Lodging is reasonably priced, and available to both members and to the public.
AMC Four-Season Lodges
Lodges visits are a great way to get kids started on outdoor fun, year-round. Enjoy:
- Comfortable lodging with heat, plumbing, and private rooms or shared bunkrooms
- Family packages, from summer fun to winter ski packages
- Workshops, activities and guided outings with expert staff
- Family-style dinners, all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunches & snacks for sale
Highland Center at Crawford Notch (Bretton Woods, NH)
AMC's newest four-season lodge and outdoor education center offers private, family, and shared rooms, walk-on programs, and backdoor access to a variety of outdoor activities. An ideal starting point for day hikes, paddling, snowshoe treks, and longer backcountry trips in the White Mountains. Learn to snowshoe, birdwatch, try paddling, look for animal tracks –with staff naturalists. Cross-country ski to the Bretton Woods trail network. Or downhill ski nearby. Free use of L.L. Bean gear available to all guests.
View upcoming programs at Highland Center.
Joe Dodge Lodge at Pinkham Notch (Jackson, NH)
Enjoy comfortable lodging at the base of the Mount Washington on the Appalachian Trail, a short drive from North Conway. Try a skills clinic or guided trek. Hike, backcountry ski, cross-country, or downhill ski. Join the fun with free naturalist programs, including easy hiking, bird watching, animal tracking, and snowshoeing in season. Mountain bike at nearby Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center or on the Presidential Rail Trail.
View upcoming prgrams at Joe Dodge Lodge.
Cardigan Lodge (Alexandria, NH)
Set on a 1,200-acre AMC reservation, Cardigan Lodge is surrounded by 5,000-acre Mount Cardigan State Forest. Cardigan Lodge offers an extensive trail network for hiking and cross-country skiing, a nature trail and swimming pond, family-friendly programs and theme weekends. Downhill ski at nearby Ragged Mountain
Private rooms and shared bunkrooms, with full-service and self-service seasons.
Walk-in campground with group and individual campsites (advance reservations required).
View upcoming prgrams at Cardigan Lodge.
Full-Service Camps (North Chatham, NH; Mount Desert Island, ME; Lake Winnipesaukee, NH; and August Camp in different location each year)
AMC's volunteer-managed, full-service camps offer families weeklong opportunities each summer to hike, bike, paddle, swim, and meet new friends. Friendly staff prepare and serve meals at each camp. Most also offer organized programs and conservation activities.
Learn more about AMC full-service camps.
AMC Campgrounds offer rustic accommodations in spectacular settings and endless outdoor options, especially for paddlers.
'Hike-in' Huts (White Mountain National Forest)
A great destination for families, AMC Huts offer a range of 'big mountain' adventures and activities for kids of all ages, whether it's your child's first hike or a summer challenge for your teen. Each a day's hike apart along the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains, AMC Huts offer mountain hospitality in spectacular locations above treeline or near mountain lakes or waterfalls.
Backcountry Campsites & Shelters
The AMC maintains numerous popular backcountry campsites in NH's White Mountains and Maine's Mahoosuc Mountains, most on the Appalachian Trail, and are managed under anagreement with the U.S. Forest Service and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.
Do-it-yourself cabins provide a quiet getaway where you plan and cook your own meals and plan your own excursions.
Happiness at the AMC's Highland LodgeHiking is my husband's idea of a fun. My 7-year-old will try anything, as long as she has company. I like comfort, and eating food someone else cooks. Thanksgiving we all found happiness at the AMC's Highland Lodge. The lodge, part B&B, part overnight camp. is a warm and cosy getaway in the White Mountains. It's surrounded by peaks and trails to climb them. Minutes away are cross-country ski trails and downhill areas. Activities -- hikes, crafts, even a bedtime movie, are kid-friendly, as were menu options. The lodge had tons of gear and outdoor clothing (all new) to lend, in case you forgot something. (We borrowed hiking poles and rain pants.) There were even sleds. And at day's end, we appreciated the lodge's L.L. Bean flannel sheets! Unless your kids are self-sufficient (not mine!), choose to book during a scheduled family program. You'll be sure to find other (outdoorsy) families to hike with, or even play board games by the fire. A great solution for families that like the outdoors, with comfort.
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