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Transportation Options

Ready to get out on the Trail, but not sure how to get there? Learn more about your options below.

AT Trailhead Sign and Parking

trailhead access and parking

Hundreds of parking areas are available along the A.T. when it crosses a road. Check out these resources:

We can never guarantee the safety of any location, and remote trailheads tend to have the greatest risk. To minimize risk, remember:

  • Check with local agencies to determine overnight parking areas and/or permit requirements. 
  • Never leave valuables in sight. It's also a good idea to check recent vandalism reports; information can be obtained by contacting the local Trail Clubs in the area.
  • Sometimes you may park your car at a local business; be sure to request permission ahead of time. Check out the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers’ Companion to find businesses close to the A.T.
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park allows hikers to park at their Visitors Center for up to two weeks. Call the park at 304.535.6298 for information.

Avoid Hitchhiking Setup a Shuttle

avoid hitchhiking, setup a shuttle

Our AT Shuttles guide is a directory of shuttle service providers and public transportation options along the Trail.
With this list you can access almost any part of the Trail from the closest airport, bus station, or rail terminal, and get a ride back again. The shuttle list is also useful for parties who wish to avoid bringing two cars.

Many people on this list are individuals who shuttle on their time off. Arrangements are best made at least a week or two in advance.

​get to the trail by train

Two locations on the trail have direct train service:

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Amtrak has daily service to and from Washington, D.C., Union Station, with westbound trains continuing to Chicago. Amtrak also serves the following towns not far from the Appalachian Trail: Roanoke, Virginia ; Charlottesville, Virginia ; Rutland, Vermont ; White River Junction, Vermont. Reservations required.
Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) service's Brunswick line has two or three trains a day leaving Harpers Ferry for Washington in the morning and returning in the evening, weekdays only. 

Pawling, New York.
The Appalachian Trail Stop, right on the A.T., is served by Metro-North Railroad's Harlem line.Train leaves from Grand Central Terminal Saturday, Sunday and holidays. The nearby towns of Pawling and Wingdale, both about 2 miles away, have service 7 days a week.

​get to the trail by plane

Airports near the Appalachian Trail, listed North to South:

​get to the trail by bus

New England has the most extensive bus service close to the Trail. In most other areas, you can get a bus to a city near the Trail, and arrange for someone to shuttle you to the trailhead. Check Greyhound and Trailways for details. Local service highlights:

New Hampshire
Concord Trailwaysprovides service to the Pinkham Notch Visitor's Center in the White Mountain National Forest, and to the town of Gorham. The affiliated Dartmouth Coach provides service to Hanover. Advance Transit public commuter bus provides service in and around Hanover, and connects Hanover with Norwich and the Amtrak station in White River Junction. Runs Monday through Friday only.

Peter Pan Bus Lines serve several towns adjacent to the Trail along Route 7, including Great Barrington, Lee, Pittsfield, and Williamstown.

Delaware Water Gap
Martz Trailways bus terminal provides links to several major cities.