Can you carry a gun in the Appalachian Trail?
Roughly 40% of the Appalachian Trail is on land owned by the national park system. Even if you have enough gun permits to wallpaper the Taj Mahal, you are not allowed to discharge a firearm on federal land, except for highly restricted hunting. Some states allow hikers to carry weapons that are not concealed.
Completing the entire 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in one trip is a mammoth undertaking. Each year, thousands of hikers attempt a thru-hike; only about one in four makes it all the way. A typical thru-hiker takes 5 to 7 months to hike the entire A.T.
- The majority of thru-hikers hike northbound, beginning in Georgia anytime from late-March to mid-April. Southbound hikers generally begin late May to mid-June. Some hikers start heading north, then realize that they will not make it to Katahdin before Baxter State Park closes on Oct. 15.
- Thru-hikers can pick up their permits when they enter the parks. Most hikers hike 8 - 10 miles each day at the beginning of their hike, then slowly work up to 12 - 16 miles per day. Most hikers will eventually have a few 20 - 25 mile days. Occasionally, water is scarce on the trail.
- A thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail typically takes between five and seven months, although speedsters have done it in less than 50 days. The average hiker's pace is about three miles an hour. This pace may be slower at the beginning of the trail, and become faster as hikers gain muscle strength and confidence.
Updated: 3rd October 2019