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.


Firearm Regulations
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 the possession of the firearm is in compliance with the law of the State in which the National Park System unit is located. 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 link to a website that will help you understand firearms regulations and reciprocity issues in various states. Please remember that federal law prohibits firearms in certain park facilities and buildings. These places are marked with signs at public entrances.

USCCA Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map & U.S. Gun Laws | USCCA (

For more information, please read our firearms Information section.

For questions/answers, please read our Questions & Answers Regarding Firearms in National Parks section.

Last updated: March 18, 2024

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Appalachian Trail Park Office
P.O. Box 50

Harpers Ferry, WV 25425


304 535-6278

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