The Appalachian Trail is free for all to enjoy. No fees, memberships, or permits are required to walk on the Trail. However, the A.T. passes through numerous state and national parks, forests and public lands, a few of which charge fees or require permits or reservations to park or to stay overnight in shelters or campsites. Below is a list of where some permits and fees are charged.
Overnight Fees and Permits
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee/North Carolina)
Shenandoah National Park (Virginia)
Green Mountain National Forest/Green Mountain Club (Vermont)
White Mountain National Forest/Appalachian Mountain Club (New Hampshire)
Baxter State Park (Maine)
Last updated: May 10, 2023