Why Register on ATCamp?

  • Prevent CROWDING

  • Stay Informed

  • Plan and Prepare




"A footpath for those who seek fellowship with the wilderness."

The ATC continues to advise long-distance hikers to postpone hikes until 2022 or when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has deemed the pandemic under control, and/or a COVID-19 vaccine or effective treatment is widely available and distributed.

A.T. Group Campers Registration Form

ATCamp is a tool to help you find an A.T. section that is uncrowded, improve everyone's hiking experience, and protect fragile Trail resources. By using this registration tool you are helping shape the future of the A.T.! Your registration information will help us build an effective network of group campsites along the Trail and provide your group with a means to avoid overcrowding and prevent damage at overnight sites during your hike.

Scout, camp, school, church, and other hiking groups are welcome on the Trail; however, the A.T. was not designed for large groups - the footpath is narrow and most campsites are small. Special considerations must be made when planning a group trip.

  • The maximum size for A.T. group members plus leaders is 10. If your group size exceeds this number, divide into groups of 10 or fewer, camp in separate locations, and register each of the groups separately. 

  • Your camping group should not stay in A.T. shelters. There are campsites at some A.T. shelter areas which groups may use - bring tents, hammocks, or tarps and camp in designated campsites. Please review ATC's tips and guidelines about organized group camping.

  • ATC asks group hikers to avoid the A.T. from Springer Mt., GA to Hot Springs, NC during March and April due to large numbers of thru-hikers and limited camping resources.  Please consider an alternative long-distance hiking location near the A.T.

START SMART: Learn how to pick a campsite, store your food and poop in the woods.

To register:  Enter your itinerary in sequential order - from starting point/date, to each night's campsites, to the end point of your trip. Please note: A registration is not a reservation!

STEP 1: Select a starting point. The map will only display possible start points until you select one and a start date. Once you select a starting point, the map will display shelters/campsites that you can add to your itinerary; ATCamp will automatically pick the consecutive dates. 

TIP: Us the map key to show or hide icons on the map.

TIP: You can view the capacity of an overnight site by clicking on its icon. The calendar shows the number of other people already registered for the site in the calendar date box (the date number is red, and below and to the left in black is the number of spaces available). As the overnight site you chose fills - the date block will be yellow as the site nears capacity, and red when the site is full- you will not be able to register for a "full" site.

STEP 2: Click "Continue With Registration" to fill in your personal info, and when you are done click "Review Registration".

STEP 3: Check your e-mail for a message from ATCamp that confirms your registration and provides useful A.T. hiking tips.

STEP 4: If your plans change, please cancel your registration on ATCamp so other campers can use the campsites.

This registration system is continually being improved. If you have questions or comments, please contact us at ATcamp@appalachiantrail.org. Thank you!

Trip Information
  • You can construct your itinerary by selecting shelters/campsites etc. from the map.
  • A start date and location is required.
  • To begin building your itinerary, click the button below. Select the state you will start your trip in and then select a location from the map where you will access the AT (and start your trip). Then select the start date of your trip from the displayed calendars.
  • Your itinerary will be displayed here once you have started building it.
Use the map below to enter your itinerary.
Start by entering your start point, then enter the rest of your itinerary.
Be as accurate as you can for the dates and areas for your trip as some of the areas might have quotas in place.
Click on the icons or section name for details and availability or use.
If at any time the AT or icons are not visible for an area, use the "Jump to State" list to reload the state you want to view.
Your Itinerary Information
Date Resource Mileage Section

Max # days per Registration: 21

You can use the "Add Zero Day Off Trail" button to add a day off trail OR to add a day in a section that has a separate permit system.
When you are finished selecting the areas for your itinerary, click the "Continue With Registration" button to fill out the rest of your hiking registration.

Registration Holder Information

All fields are required unless marked as optional.

ATC Information
Enter your mobile number with no dashes. Only the carriers listed below are supported.
If your carrier is not listed here, please mention it in the comments below and we will work on adding it.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy's commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our mission is best supported by the contributions of individuals of diverse backgrounds. The information you provide will give valuable insight regarding the changing demographics of the A.T. hiking community. This data will not be shared with external parties and will be used for internal purposes only.

Review A.T. Group Campers Registration

Itinerary

Date Resource Mileage Section

Trip Information

Registration