Appalachian National Scenic Trail

In A Nutshell

Getting Around


The A.T. is open to walkers, hikers, and backpackers. It is closed to motor vehicles and bicycles. It is closed to horses, except in certain limited sections where they are expressly allowed. Dogs are prohibited on the sections of the Trail within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (NC & TN) and Baxter State Park (ME), and must be on a leash on all national-park lands and most other Trail sections. Dogs are excluded from the zoo section of Bear Mountain State Park in New York.


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is the primary source of, and clearinghouse for, information about the Appalachian Trail. Please contact them at 304-535-6331 or visit