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
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