Your Guide to Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian Trail is a 2,180+ mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains.
Conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937, today the trail is managed by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies and thousands of volunteers.
There are many points of access along the Appalachian Trail, whether it is by car, train, bus or plane. For more detailed directions, please refer to the "Directions" section of our park webpage.
GPS: lat:40.41029575, long:-76.4337548
Mailing address: Appalachian Trail Park Office, Harpers Ferry, WV, 25425
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (NST) does not charge an entrance fee for use of the trail on Appalachian NST land.
It is your responsibility to be prepared for all weather conditions, including extreme and unexpected weather changes year-round.
As the trail runs from Georgia to Maine there will be different weather conditions depending on your location.
For weather along specific sections of the trail and at specific shelters, please refer to:
Hours for Appalachian National Scenic Trail
In general, the Appalachian Trail is open year-round. The northern terminus at Mount Katahdin in Maine is within Baxter State Park, which may be closed in winter months, depending on weather conditions. Particular sections of the Trail, and less-developed roads accessing the Trail, may be closed temporarily for a number of reasons, but otherwise the trail is open. View closures: https://www.nps.gov/appa/planyourvisit/hours.htm
Sunday: All Day
Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day