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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Alerts and Trailwide Updates

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

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The ATC continues to advise long-distance hikers to postpone hikes until 2022 or when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has deemed the pandemic under control, and/or a COVID-19 vaccine or effective treatment is widely available and distributed. Visit appalachiantrail.org/COVID-19 for more information.

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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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