Appalachian Trail Tips for Thru Hikers

According to some estimates as many as 75% of hikers quit the trail. Will you be one of the 25% that successfully completes that hike? It is not an easy trail.

Firstly, you should register your hike with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. It is not compulsory, however, all hikers should register.

Permits to hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park cost $20 and can be obtained online before entering the park. Hiking north this is the first place where hikers need permits. The process is quick and simple.

Similarly, permits to hike through Shenandoah National Park can be obtained at the entrance to the park. They are simple and free to obtain.

Do not be that hiker that starts the trail with a 55 pound backpack filled with a combination of luxury gear and heavy equipment. There are many reasonably priced options to lighten your pack. Also, there is no need to carry 2 weeks worth of food when starting the trail.

At times the rain is enough to make people quit the trail and go home to their warm and dry home. Rather than quitting the trail be prepared for extended periods of rain.

Here are more of the best Appalachian Trail tips you need to successfully thru hike the Appalachian Trail.


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