National Park Service


NPS Trail Pass / NPS Trail Pass

More people are hiking the AT than ever before, causing ecological strain which could become unsustainable if it continues.

When the AT was first created 80 years ago - by way of joining together pieces of smaller hiking trails - they couldn’t have had any idea how popular it would become. The Appalachian Trail has a lot going for it: scenic views, solitary campsites, beautiful hikes. Unfortunately, these positives attributes - and more - have put the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in a strange situation.

To alleviate some of the burden on the trail, the National Parks Service has partnered with the ATC to draw attention to other NPS parks worth your attention. The parks we’ve collected in this passport will have you exploring every part of the country- from the snowy vistas of the Wonderland Trail to the gorgeous canyons throughout the Under the Rim Trail. It’s a great way to expand your horizons, while giving the AT some time to heal.

By the time you reach the end, you’ll be more than prepared to conquer the AT. And you’ll camp, forage, and hike over 9,000 miles in diverse locations all across America. Allow us to thank you in advance for your help in preserving one of the longest and oldest hiking trails in the world.

Pick up your copy of the NPS Trail Pass at a Ranger Station in any NPS park or click below to order online.