INCIDENT REPORTING

While the Appalachian Trail is a relatively safe place to visit, that does not mean that there are not potential dangers while you are hiking or camping. If you see something, say something — this will help us keep the A.T. as safe as possible for our visitors.

1. Anytime you or another Trail visitor needs medical attention or a law-enforcement response, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY even if you are uncertain whether it is a crime.
If possible, ask the 911 dispatcher to contact the National Park Service 24-Hour Communications Center to inform them of the situation: 1.866.677.6677.
2. If you are not in immediate danger but witness suspicious behavior, have a bad feeling about someone, observe vandalism on the A.T., or feel like something should be reported, contact the National Park Service 24-Hour Communications Center to inform them of the situation: 1.866.677.6677.
3. If you are in a situation where you are unable to make a phone call or might put yourself at risk by making a call, send an email with as much information as possible (who, what, when, where, and why) to [email protected]
4. If you would like to submit a detailed report about an incident, such as damage to the Trail, bad behavior at campsites, overdue hiker or persons of concern, please complete and submit the A.T. Incident Report Form. Law enforcement might have had other “it’s not that bad” reports that we can connect to yours and defuse a pattern of harassing or threatening behavior.

If you are not sure whether to report something, we always recommend submitting a report for any suspicious or potentially dangerous situations, even if it turns out to be nothing. These reports help our law-enforcement partners identify problem areas requiring more attention. If you would prefer the form in a downloadable format (PDF) click here.