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    Getting out as much as I can..which is never enough. :) Mags's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    may want to update that the smokies permit does now have a fee - and possibly the registration link

    Only two places on the trail require a permit: Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. SNP is free and obtained at the front entrance. The Smokies have a new permit system as of Feb 2013.."

    The link goes to a page that has
    Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Backcountry Permit on the top.
    Think that covers

    Paul "Mags" Magnanti
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    Default A.T. Volunteers

    Nice overview!

    One of the essential and most notable features of the Appalachian Trail is the role that volunteers play.

    To a greater extent than any other major national park, volunteers do virtually all of the on-the-ground work of maintaining the A.T., and play a significant role in managing the Trail. Volunteers work through a network of 31 independent local trail clubs, and several trail crews run by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. A list of the clubs can be found at and the trail crews at

    It is also worth noting that although the A.T. is under the overall jurisdiction of the National Park Service, and more the 3/4 of the A.T. passes through either NPS or U.S. Forest Service lands, it also passes through lands of several dozen other agencies in 14 states, and rules and regulations affecting hikers vary considerably. Some of these other lands may be managed for purposes as diverse as hunting or farming. A short list can be found at ; a more in-depth explanation of what we call the "cooperative managements system" for the A.T. can be found at

    One more thing: the A.T. consists of not only a footpath, but a completely connected and protected (except for less than 2 miles) corridor of land stretching 2,185.3 miles. On average, it measure a thousand feet in width.

    Laurie P.

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    Thanks for the info!

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    Many of the links in the original post are dead. Too bad! It sounded like some great information!

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    Between MAGS and MAP-MAN they think they know everything so the rest of us can just stay the hell of the internet.

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