NatGeo Appalachian Trail (AT) Maps Now Available in Gaia GPS

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Whether you’re a thru-hiker or day hiker, use the National Geographic Appalachian Trail (AT) map to help plan your AT adventure with Gaia GPS. This premium base map includes detailed topographic information, clearly marked trails, recreational points of interest, and navigational aids.

Gaia GPS NatGeo Appalachian Trail map preview

What is the Appalachian Trail?

The Appalachian Trail spans the eastern United States’ Appalachian mountain range from Georgia’s Springer Mountain to Maine’s Mount Katahdin. The trail system navigates an estimated 2,200 miles through 14 states and is managed by the National Park Service, United States Forest Service, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, along with local trail clubs and partnerships.

NatGeo Appalachian Trail map now available on Gaia GPS

Hikers do not need permits for the entire length of the Appalachian Trail (AT), although, it passes through several national and state parks, including Smoky Mountains National Park, Baxter State Park, and White Mountain National Forest—so some entrance fees, permits, or reservations may be required.

NatGeo Appalachian Trail map Gaia GPS layer of Mount Katahdin

The Appalachian Trail map by National Geographic provides helpful nuggets of information on camping and campfire restrictions, shelter locations, trail tips and conditions, and highway intersections.

How to add the Appalachian Trail map

If you use an Android device, click here to watch an Android specific tutorial.

Step 1: To check out the new map, open the Layers menu (iOS/Android/ and navigate to the “Premium Base Maps” section and turn on the “NatGeo Appalachian Trail” map.

iPhone NatGeo Appalachian Trail base map on Gaia GPS

Step 2: From the map layers menu, set the “NatGeo Appalachian Trail” map source to visible.

Step 3: Search “Appalachian Trail” or drag the map to view areas along the trail

iPad NatGeo Appalachia Trail map sources on Gaia GPS

National Geographic long distance trail maps

Last year, we added National Geographic Trails Illustrated maps as a separate map in Gaia GPS.

Beginning with the addition of the John Muir Trail and Appalachian Trail maps, we plan to continue updating and adding National Geographic maps.

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Featured image by Ashli Baldwin.