Laws & Policies
Regulations on National Park Service lands
Federal regulations covering all National Park Service lands are contained in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, Chapter 1, also known as 36 CFR.
Regulations specific to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail are contained in the park's Compendium of Orders.
Policy on Unmanned Aircraft
The National Park Service has a new policy regarding the use of unmanned aircraft. Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.
For more information, please read our Addendum to the Compendium of Orders on Unmanned Aircraft.
The law governing possession of firearms inside a national park changed on February 22, 2010.
Visitors may possess firearms within a national park unit provided they comply with federal, state, and local laws.
The role of the responsible gun owner is to know and obey the federal, state, and local laws appropriate to the park they are visiting. Below is a list of links to State Statutes on firearms. Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.
Information about Georgia gun laws - TO BE POSTED SOON
For more information, please read our firearms Information section.
For questions/answers, please read our Questions & Answers Regarding Firearms in National Parks section.