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Day Hiking

Are you ready to enjoy the Appalachian Trail, but you're not ready (or willing) to thru-hike? There's still a place for you on the Trail! Here's what you need to know.

Appalachian Trail Day Hikers

what to expect

​It's easy to enjoy the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) for just a day. There are hundreds of places to access the ​Trail, and in most of these areas there are no fees or permits for day hiking. 

  • Anytime you step out on to the A.T. — whether it’s a day hike or a thru-hike — you should be prepared with the hiking essentials: appropriate clothing, footwear, food and equipment.
  • Want to step up your game? Take the 14 State Challenge and step foot in each of the 14 states the A.T. traverses for a novel way to experience the diversity and enormity of the ​Trail.