Campsites in heavy-use areas may require a fee, usually less than $8.
Dispersed camping is allowed in some areas along the Appalachian Trail, particularly the national forests of the Virginias and the southern Appalachians.
It is important to leave no trace, avoiding places that show signs other hikers have pitched a tent there, picking a durable place to pitch your tent that is at least 70 paces from water, and being sure not trample on plants and seedlings.
Published Sep 17, 2016.
When you spend the night in the forest, you are a guest. There are a few rules you'll want to follow when you are camping with bears in the area.
There are not many rules for hiking the Appalachian Trail, but there are seven rules for camping near bears.
You are more likely to be killed by a coconut falling from a tree than by a pesky bear while hiking the Appalachian Trail.