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Carrying guns on the Appalachian Trail legally is complicated. Laws in 14 states, and rules in federal, state & local parks must be considered.

A former FBI profiler, Dr. Mary Ellen O'Toole, authored a book on ways to discern the traits of dangerous people. Heeding her tips might save your life.

Thinking of attempting a thru-hike of the AT? Read Doctor Grumpy's Ten Tips for Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers before you hit the Trail.

Solo female Appalachian Trail hikers can be fearless, after some wise preparation. Here are a few tips on how to avoid trouble.

The A.T. Guide by David "Awol" Miller is all you you'll need to hike the Appalachian Trail from one end to the other -- with stops anywhere in between.

On a hike from Hog Pen Gap to Unicoi Gap in Georgia, two ladies saw an unusual sight: horses on the Appalachian Trail -- a federal "footpath."

"How Much Does It Cost to Hike the Appalachian Trail?" We get that a lot. There's no single answer, but this will help you figure it out for yourself.

Areas of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina require bear canisters for overnight camping in the Pisgah National Forest due to encounters with bears.

Appalachian Trail shuttle drivers provide a valuable service getting hikers to the Trail, around closures and off the Trail, where and when they need them.

David "Awol" Miller wrote "The A.T. Guide: a Handbook for Hiking the Appalachian Trail" after completing his own thru-hike. This resource is priceless.

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Solo female Appalachian Trail hikers can be fearless, after some wise preparation. Here are a few tips on how to avoid trouble.

Thinking of attempting a thru-hike of the AT? Read Doctor Grumpy's Ten Tips for Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers before you hit the Trail.

The best trail mix is healthy, tasty and beneficial. So is this Appalachian Trail advice that will inspire you and empower you to thrive the Trail.

Appalachian Trail shuttle drivers provide a valuable service getting hikers to the Trail, around closures and off the Trail, where and when they need them.

Dry weather fuels forest fires. Fires leave burn scars. Rains cause mudslides and flooding. Eventually, nature's cycles of peace and chaos bring renewal.

Finally! A free, three-hour course -- taught by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy -- where you will learn how to hike the Appalachian Trail!

White blazes on the Appalachian Trail speak a universal language and they all have the same message: you're on the Trail.

On a hike from Hog Pen Gap to Unicoi Gap in Georgia, two ladies saw an unusual sight: horses on the Appalachian Trail -- a federal "footpath."

Awol's latest AT Guide or the ATC's Thru-Hiker's Companion can't help you quench your thirst on the Trail when water conditions are this dry.

Day-hikers, section hikers and anyone looking for hikes along the Appalachian Trail should carry the 2016 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers' Companion.

The Forest Service's Bear Necessities for safety in the woods include not leaving food outside and what to do if you encounter a bear in the woods.

Hikers on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia should Leave No Trace. Or at least leave no garbage.

Carrying guns on the Appalachian Trail legally is complicated. Laws in 14 states, and rules in federal, state & local parks must be considered.

For every thru-hiker, there are 1,000 hikers who hit the Trail for shorter distances. All could benefit from the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers' Companion.

Clarity (Allyson Hester) offers insightful advice for newbies on the Appalachian Trail.

Early Bird Hikers Get the Snow on the Appalachian Trail

The A.T. Guide leads you along the 5,000,000 steps of the Appalachian Trail.

"How Much Does It Cost to Hike the Appalachian Trail?" We get that a lot. There's no single answer, but this will help you figure it out for yourself.

Doctor Grumpy's One-Day Preparation Course for Thru-Hikers is a light-hearted attempt to be brutally honest about the hardships of hiking. Can you pass?

Many long-distance hikers deal with PHD: Post-Hiking Depression at the end of their Trails. These tips will help with life after you pass the finish line.

Appalachian Trail Girl's blog on Women Solo Hiking is worth reading whether you're a woman or not.

Bear encounters can be pleasant or dangerous. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has safety tips about what to do if you meet Yogi on the trail.

Areas of the Appalachian Trail in North Carolina require bear canisters for overnight camping in the Pisgah National Forest due to encounters with bears.

The best advice for tick bite prevention is don't let tick bite you. The second best piece of advice is how to get ticks off of you. This story will help.

The A.T. Guide by David "Awol" Miller is all you you'll need to hike the Appalachian Trail from one end to the other -- with stops anywhere in between.

Our friends at REI have excellent backpacking tips for beginners. Or, take a live course in how to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail at some REI locations.

Appalachian Trail thru-hikers need good gear & physical strength. Zach Davis' book "Appalachian Trials" preps them for the mental & emotional ups & downs.

Folks who loves the outdoors don't care if it's hot or cold, as long as they're outside. The wise ones heed these Forest Service winter hiking safety tips.

Only a fraction of those who attempt to become Appalachian Trail thru-hikers succeed. Seventy of them give advice on how you can follow in their steps.

Hoping to live in a cozy dream home near the Appalachian Trail to ditch your home-owners association's rules & regs? Read these Forest Service rules first.

Leaf Peeping in North Carolina & Georgia is easier than ever. Directions to the best fall foliage near the Appalachian Trail is a few taps away.

A former FBI profiler, Dr. Mary Ellen O'Toole, authored a book on ways to discern the traits of dangerous people. Heeding her tips might save your life.

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.

David "Awol" Miller wrote "The A.T. Guide: a Handbook for Hiking the Appalachian Trail" after completing his own thru-hike. This resource is priceless.

Yes, friends. Even men hiking the AT are bad at asking for directions. That's why they should all purchase 2014 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers' Companion.

There are not many rules for hiking the Appalachian Trail, but there are seven rules for camping near bears.

Ginseng is so rare in North Carolina's forests that officials now require permits to harvest wild ginseng there.