Stomach Virus Hits Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs, NC
The US Forest Service has issued an alert: Hikers may want to avoid sections of the Appalachian Trail near Hot Springs, NC, especially the stretch running north to the TN-VA border. A number of hikers have been sickened by a severe, 24-hour stomach virus. More »
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 A.T. is marked with two inch by six inch vertical white paint blazes. A double blaze, one above the other, is placed before turns, junctions, or other areas that require hikers to be alert. There are approximately 165,000 blazes along the Appalachian Trail.