The Trail Is Waiting

Plan and Prepare

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Hiking Basics

Hiking even just a portion of the Appalachian Trail is the adventure of a lifetime, but you’ll enjoy that adventure even more if you’re prepared. Brush up on the basics below.

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Hiker Resource Library

View a collection of resources that will help hikers plan their hikes and stay safe, healthy, and responsible on the Appalachian Trail.

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Alerts and Trailwide Updates

Backcountry conditions change constantly. It is your responsibility
to be prepared for the unexpected.

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UPDATE: May 11, 2021

With a widely available and distributed COVID-19 vaccine in the United States and the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the ATC has updated its guidance for long-distance hiking and visitor centers. Long-distance hiking on the A.T. is now considered to be a safer activity, especially for those who have received one of the approved COVID-19 vaccines. The ATC 2,000-Miler Recognition Program has resumed, and A.T. 2021 hangtags will be distributed when designated A.T. visitor centers reopen. Some COVID-19 safety recommendations are still in place. For more information, visit appalachiantrail.org/covid-19.

 

Report an Incident

While the Appalachian Trail is a relatively safe place to visit, that does not mean that there are not potential dangers while you are hiking or camping. If you see something, say something — this will help us keep the A.T. as safe as possible for our visitors.

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Leave No Trace

Learn sustainable hiking and camping techniques to preserve the Appalachian Trail for all those who follow in your footsteps and those who call the Appalachian Trail home.

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