Remember when hiking to Leave No Trace

Planning to take a hike this summer? No matter what trail you plan to take, remember to “leave no trace” behind.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has developed guidelines for groups of family and friends who plan to explore the AT (or other trails). Make sure to follow them!

  1. Gather and camp as a group only in locations out of sight and earshot from other visitors. Groups of 5 or more should not camp within shelters (except in areas that use reservations) and camp away from shelters whenever possible.
  2. Be aware of others. Move off the trail to a durable surface for breaks and to allow other hikers to pass.
  3. Let nature’s sounds prevail. Remind your group that voices can travel long distances.
  4. Do not use cell phones or audio equipment within sight or sound of other hikers, and turn ringers off.
  5. Remember: a group size limit of 10 means that your group should never congregate in numbers greater than 10. If your group is larger than the area’s group size limit, break into smaller subgroups to travel and camp.
  6. Visit and enjoy, but don’t monopolize water sources, viewpoints, or other areas of interest.

If you’re interested in more information on Leave No Trace skills, check out the ATC’s Leave No Trace 101 course.

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