Simple Basics for Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

 

Cell Phones & other Technology—Do not disturb others, use earphones and talk so that others around you cannot hear

Do Not Litter—Pack “out” what you bring “in”

Permits—None required for day hiking. If you are planning to stay overnight in shelters or campsites in a state or national parks, forests or public lands, a few require permits, fees, or reservations

How Long will it Take? –-Although walking pace is generally 2mph, you might want to gauge about 1mph to allow for stopping along the way and the more strenuous sections of the trail which may slow you down

Trail Markings—

2″ x 6″ white paint blaze on the trail itself (blue blazes on the side trails)

On cairns (or rock piles), posts, and signs with the AT symbol where snow or fog may obscure it or in fields, on balds (such as Max Patch) or in alpine areas where blazes are hard to place.

 

The diamond-shaped A.T. marker embedded in the cement on a street such as in Hot Springs on Bridge Street

Featured Businesses in Madison County

French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

Marshall, North Carolina
(800) 570-7238

French Broad Rafting and Ziplines

The Berry Farm, LLC

The Berry Farm, LLC

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 656-2056

The Berry Farm, LLC

Sweet Monkey Bakery & Cafe

Sweet Monkey Bakery & Cafe

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 649-2489

Sweet Monkey Bakery & Cafe

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 649-3464

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

Toops Photojournalist Services

Toops Photojournalist Services

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 649-3276

Toops Photojournalist Services

Mad Co. Brew House

Mad Co. Brew House

Marshall, North Carolina
828-649-8600

Mad Co. Brew House

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Mars Hill, North Carolina
(828) 689-4119

Wolf Ridge Ski Resort

Little Creek Cafe

Little Creek Cafe

Mars Hill
(828) 689-2307

Little Creek Cafe

Walnut Creek Gallery

Walnut Creek Gallery

Marshall, North Carolina
(828) 649-0568

Walnut Creek Gallery

Hot Springs Rafting Company

Hot Springs Rafting Company

Hot Springs, North Carolina
877 530-7238

Hot Springs Rafting Company

Madison County Tourism Development Authority

56 South Main Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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Mailing Address: PO Box 1527
    Mars Hill, NC 28754