Protect your trail, protect yourself
Always use common sense and take precautions when you're on the Trail:
- It's best to hike with a partner.
- Be prepared: carry a map, compass, appropriate weather gear, water, light, matches, first aid kit, signal whistle and food, even for day hikes.
- Leave an itinerary of your trip with family or friends.
- Stay in contact with home or friends on longer hikes.
- Let them know your location and when you've arrived home from your trip.
- Carry a cell phone, but realize it may not work in remote sections of the Trail.
- Avoid camping within a half-mile of road crossings.
- Do not tell strangers where you are headed or plan to camp.
- If you run into a suspicious person, consider moving on to another location.
- Never feed wildlife, or leave food/garbage unattended.
- Dress appropriately and add/remove layers as needed to prevent overheating or chilling.