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    Maybe this is a stupid question, but do you HAVE to stay at established campsites (besides in the Smokies)? I've found along other trails/canoe routes that camp bears, camp racoons, camp possums, etc. are much worse where everyone else stays.

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    Only in a few places along the Trail. Smokies. In Shenandoah it may be hard to find legal sites. Entire state of MD. PA-Cumberland Valley. Parts of NJ. Either MA or CN or maybe both. Not sure about NY. Part of Whites in NH; unless off trail below tree line. Baxter Park in ME. Probably others that Blazers will id.

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    I think Groucho is wrong. Outside of the Parks there are very few restrictions. Here and there, there is some private land you should not camp on. However, for the most part America is still free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho
    Only in a few places along the Trail. Smokies. In Shenandoah it may be hard to find legal sites. Entire state of MD. PA-Cumberland Valley. Parts of NJ. Either MA or CN or maybe both. Not sure about NY. Part of Whites in NH; unless off trail below tree line. Baxter Park in ME. Probably others that Blazers will id.
    This info is mostly correct. Shenandoah NP, similar to The Whites in NH, allows thru hikers to camp at shelters and elsewhere out of sight of the trail (thrus must carry a free permit, picked up at park entrances). In The Whites you may camp for free anyplace 1/4 mile away from Huts, shelters and campsites so long as you're 200 feet from the trail and below treeline. MD and CT do ask hikers to stay at established campsites and shelters and Baxter SP also requires hikers to register, pay a fee and stay only at established sites. NJ has some restrictions, the Delaware Water Gap Lands and Sunrise Mountain to name the ones I remember and I believe that the Cumberland Valley was restricted as part of the agreements that went along with the various land deals made to get the trail off the roads; the trail corridor is never very far from private land in the CV.

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    I'll agree with Celt.

    Several places have restrictions. However, it's mostly a matter of knowing what the rules are, and abidding by them.

    Just to be clear, no camping in Cumberland Valley section of the AT.

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