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Day Hiking

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Learning about day hikes on the A.T.

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.

The Basics

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How do I find great day hikes?

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

Find a hike

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When is a good time to go?

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

When to go

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Preparing for your A.T. hike

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

Day hike preparation

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Getting to the Trail

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

Interactive Map

Transportation Options

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On the hike

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

Hiking Tips

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