Back to Nature

Getting Back To the Appalachian Trail

Over 2,000 Miles of Fun

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What to Plan for When Hiking

  • Research the trail and location before setting out. At times the trail can be closed due to maintenance causing there to be relocations so it is important to know the trail and know your trail makers.

  • Tell a friend where you are going. Hiking can be unpredictable due to weather, injury, poor trail maintenance, or animal encounters so make sure to tell someone where you are going and when you will be returning.

  • Bring the proper equipment. Though it might seem obvious it is still important to bring equipment that is appropriate for where you are hiking. Bring shoes that are water proof in case of creep crossings, wear layers if cold and breathable material if hot, food to snack on, and plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

  • Bring a first aid kit. While hiking one can be exposed to anything so it is helpful to bring some of the essentials like Band-Aids, Neosporin, bug spray, ibuprofen, etc.

  • Bring a whistle. Often when lost hikers can use whistles to signal search teams from far away. Whistles can also be used to deter animals.

  • For those who are looking to camp overnight might want to bring sleeping bag, tent, flashlights, matches, knife, first aid kit, map, compass, water with a filter or iodine tablets, whistle, rain gear, extra socks, backpackers stove, and camp shoes.

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From Georgia to Maine

Protecting America's Premier Trail: Part 1 of 6