Dogs are allowed everywhere on the Trail except in three areas:
Dogs must be leashed on the forty percent of the Trail that uses National Park Service-administered lands - though we recommend that you keep your dog leashed, particularly to protect you and your dog in the event of an unexpected encounter with wildlife.
Pack animals are NOT allowed on the trail. This includes horses, donkeys, llamas and alpacas.
Did You Know?
The Appalachian Trail evolved from the 1921 proposals of Massachusetts regional planner Benton MacKaye to preserve the Appalachian crests as a wilderness belt - a retreat from urban life. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy was formed in 1925 and focused on the hiking aspect of MacKaye's vision.