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Day Hiking

Ready to begin exploring the Appalachian Trail? Here's everything you need to know to plan your first day hike!

Day Hiking

A day hike on the Appalachian Trail can be a vigorous hike to an amazing destination or a wonder-filled nature walk. It can be easy or challenging. Here are things to consider and a variety of approaches.
Day Hiking

Learn what resources can help you find the perfect hike, from websites and apps to books and maps.



Find out what season, time of day, and day of the week are best for hiking the A.T.


What you need to know before hitting the Trail, including the gear to bring.


Hiking Family

See all 200+ parking locations along the entire A.T. on the ATC interactive map, and find transportation options for getting to the Trail.

How to navigate the A.T. and stay safe and healthy on your next adventure.