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    riding the appalachian trail

    does anyone know if you can ride the appalachian trail on an mtb? about to ride down to florida any info will help, thanks

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    Absolutely NO riding permitted on the AT!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by elevenbravoMD
    does anyone know if you can ride the appalachian trail on an mtb? about to ride down to florida any info will help, thanks
    The other poster is correct, no riding on the AT.

    That doesn't mean you can't put together a decent north-south route without some single track and Forest Service roads though. It will require a lot of research and tapping of local knowledge.

    Alternatively you could load up a touring bike and ride the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are some books out there on this subject.

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    Hope I catch you before you leave!

    You are "about to ride down to Florida," but you have apparently made little preparation. Apparent, because you hadn't but until just now looked into whether or not you could ride on the appalachian trail (and as others have already pointed out, it's not allowed).

    FYI, you are not allowed to ride on interstates, either. It is a long ways from Maryland (at least, that's where your profile says you're from) to Florida. Hope you are in shape!

    Make sure to plan out how many miles you can do per day, what you will eat, how you will carry it (ship a box of supplies from PO to PO along the way?), where you will stay or camp, etc., etc.

    I don't think it is something you want to do just on a whim.

    Oh, but if you do ride down through Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can't ride your mtb on Shenandoah National Park trails (but you can ride the trails in the George Washington National Forest, where there is some fantastic epic riding!)

    Good luck!
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