Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Don’t be “that guy”.  Learn how to properly Leave No Trace on the Appalachian Trail here

Being considerate of other visitors on the Appalachian Trail means:

  • Clean up after yourself (see “Dispose of waste properly”)
  • Don’t mark on signs, shelters, rocks, trees… (see “Leave what you find”)
  • If you’re walking with a dog, keep it leashed, away from small water sources, and outside of shelters; bury your dog’s waste as your own
  • Preserve others’ experience of isolation from phones, electronic entertainment, and general mahem; let nature’s sounds prevail
  • Smoke outside of shelters, not inside
  • Share shelter space with others (most shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Don’t monopolize the Trail; step off onto a durable surface to take your breaks
    Yield to others to allow them to pass, especially hikers going uphill

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Enjoy and share the videos! Together, we’ll make a difference and help make the Appalachian Trail a place we’ll want to come back to with our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews in years to come!

Tom Banks has been volunteering for the Appalachian Trail since 2010, writing brochures, posters and videos teaching Leave No Trace practices for the A.T. in cooperation with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.