Group Hiking on the Appalachian Trail in
Become familiar with the guidelines for all AT hikers found on the
Hiking on the AT page.
PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS:
- Be aware that a large group makes noise and takes up space. Try not to
dominate view points, lunch spots, and campsites.
- Respect quiet hours – AT guidelines suggest 8 pm – 7 am.
- Make sure the group is aware of all low-impact guidelines and follow
them: Leave No Trace.
- Shelters are not for group use. Plan to use tent platforms and existing
cleared areas for tenting. Do not clear new tenting areas.
Please emphasize to your group that privies are not trash cans!
Privies have only one purpose
and that does not include trash. Trash
hurts the privy's performance.
and Enjoyment Suggestions for Leaders
- Use up to date guidebooks and maps. Scout out the trail yourself in
advance if possible.
- Make sure everyone in the group knows where they are and where they are
- Two leaders should be with the group at all times.
- Make sure you have enough food, water, and equipment for the group.
- Boil, filter or chemically treat all water from backcountry sources.
- Use wash pits for cleaning eating utensils, etc. Do not wash anything in
streams or ponds.
- Plan reasonable distances. Better to do too little than to have an
exhausted, cranky group. There is more chance of injury with an overly
tired group, and the group won’t want to go again if they don’t have fun.
- Keep group sizes small. Ideally: 8 participants and 2 leaders. If you
have a bigger group, break it up and add leaders. Do a crisscross, or do separate
- Regroup frequently and allow slower hikers to rest. Spreading your group
out is not safe and can lead to wrong turns and lost hikers. Also if there
is an emergency, the leader of the group will need to remain in
communication with the entire group; and that is only possible if the
group is together. Put more weight in the faster hikers’ packs.
- Review emergency procedures and equipment before going on the trail.
- Have some fun activity planned during the trip. A star watch, a swim,
some special junk food; good humor goes a long way!
How Busy is That Campsite?
We recommend you register your hike using the ATC's
For group camping registration, use the third registration button at the bottom of the page next to "A.T. Organized
Group Campers". This new system shows where other registered groups have planned their overnight stays and also
the resources at each campsite and trailhead so that you can plan a safe and enjoyable trip. Please note that this
is NOT a reservation system. It is an information source to help reduce crowding at overnight sites and enhance the
experience of all hikers. We strongly urge that only one group stay at an overnight site per night.
Several weeks before your trip check to see if your intended campsites
are already busy. Once you have planned your trip, Contact the Group Outreach Coordinator
with the following information:
There is an in-depth instructional video showing how to use the system and it is recommended you watch it before
registering. You can cancel your registration at any time. There is no fee to use the system and it does not replace
necessary registration systems in other parks the trail traverses.
For a quick overview of the Connecticut section, Campsites are shown on the
listed here with amenities.
You can reach the AMC Ridgerunner Coordinator at or call the
AMC CT Chapter office at 413-528-8003.
Click here to view the Current AT Water
AMC Ridgerunner Coordinator (2017)
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Cellphone: (413) 528-8003
AMC-CT Group Camping Registrar
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Cellphone: (917) 215 8266