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!