Trail Preparation

Your A.T. Adventure Awaits

February 25, 2022

The Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is a beloved resource. We hope through this hiker preparation email series that you’ve enjoyed learning about the many ways you can help protect the A.T. experience and how you can have a safe, enjoyable visit to the Trail.

For those preparing to set off on your A.T. adventure, double-check your prep against our final checklist.

  • You’ve registered your hike on ATCamp.org and have been monitoring your start date.
  • You’ve read through the Hiker Resource Library to learn the basics for visiting the A.T.
  • You’ve read about and practiced applying Leave No Trace principles to your hike.
  • You know what permits you need for certain sections of the Trail.
  • You’ve subscribed to receive updates from the ATC, including important Trail Updates and alerts.
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Campfire Safety

It’s fire season in the southeastern U.S. and there have already been several wildfires along the A.T. this year. Use extra caution when building fires and using camp stoves, and know the campfire regulations along the A.T. before you head out.

Want to refresh your knowledge before heading out? Catch up on our hiker preparation series. 

Know Before You Go:
Amicalola Falls State Park

Photo by Kristi McFarlin

Photo by Charissa Hipp

The start date for your northbound (NOBO) A.T. thru-hike has arrived and you get dropped off at Amicalola Falls State Park. Now what?

Hikers can pick up their 2022 hangtags and listen to the Start Smart presentation at Amicalola Falls State Park Visitor Center between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., seven days a week.

ATC and the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club are set up most days at Shelter #2 “Basecamp” near the visitor center to hand out hangtags and talk with hikers. If you see a sign directing A.T. hikers to Shelter #2, head on over!

We’ll send out emails to Flip Flop and southbound (SOBO) hikers later this spring with information tailored to starting an alternative hike or southbound hike from Baxter State Park.


 

Visit Us During Your A.T. Hike

Photo by Charissa Hipp

The Damascus Trail Center will host a pop-up visitor center Friday – Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. starting May 13, 2022. Stop by the Center during Trail Days to learn more about the ATC, the town of Damascus, and the surrounding area.

Visit ATC Headquarters and Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry to chat with ATC staff and volunteers. Plus, get your photo taken on our front porch!

Swing by the Boiling Springs Visitor Center when it opens – more info to be announced soon.

Stop by the ATC Visitor Center in Monson when it opens in June to learn about the 100 Mile Wilderness, Baxter State Park, and, for SOBOs, southern Maine and the White Mountains.


 

We want your feedback! Tell us what you thought of the hiker preparation email series.

Have questions about preparing for your upcoming hike? Submit a question to us directly at appalachiantrail.org/contact.

 

A long-distance hike on the A.T. is an incredible experience. Thank you for your help in protecting the A.T. experience by utilizing the tips and guidance from this series and, most of all, enjoy your journey!

Happy Trails!