Simple Basics for Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Permits—None required for day hiking. If you are planning to stay overnight in shelters or campsites in a state or national parks, forests or public lands, a few require permits, fees, or reservations

How Long will it Take? –-Although walking pace is generally 2mph, you might want to gauge about 1mph to allow for stopping along the way and the more strenuous sections of the trail which may slow you down

Trail Markings—

2″ x 6″ white paint blaze on the trail itself (blue blazes on the side trails)

On cairns (or rock piles), posts, and signs with the AT symbol where snow or fog may obscure it or in fields, on balds (such as Max Patch) or in alpine areas where blazes are hard to place.

 

The diamond-shaped A.T. marker embedded in the cement on a street such as in Hot Springs on Bridge Street

Featured Businesses in Madison County

Little Creek Cafe

11660 U.S. 23 Mars Hill, 28754
(828) 689-2307

Little Creek Cafe

Sweet Monkey Bakery & Cafe

133 South Main Street Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-2489

Sweet Monkey Bakery & Cafe

Walnut Creek Gallery

2970 Walnut Creek Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-0568

Walnut Creek Gallery

Becca Floyd

1257 Fred Holcombe Road Mars Hill, North Carolina 28754
(828) 689-9242

Becca Floyd

Mad County Brewing

45 North Main Street Marshall, North Carolina 28753
828-649-8600

Mad County Brewing

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

1459 Caney Fork Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-3464

Sandy Bottom Trail Rides

Hot Springs Rafting Company

22 U.S. 25 Hot Springs, North Carolina 28743
877 530-7238

Hot Springs Rafting Company

Zimmerman’s Berry Farm

2260 Revere Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 656-2056

Zimmerman’s Berry Farm

Mosaic Gourmet

159 Bridge Street Hot Springs, North Carolina 28743
828-622-9400

Mosaic Gourmet

Toops Photojournalist Services

774 Wilson Cove Branch Road Marshall, North Carolina 28753
(828) 649-3276

Toops Photojournalist Services

Madison County Tourism Development Authority

56 South Main Street
Mars Hill, NC 28754

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Local: (828) 680-9031

Toll Free: (877) 262-3476

Mailing Address: PO Box 1527
    Mars Hill, NC 28754