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, printable format (PDF), click here.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is a private, nonprofit organization that has a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service for the management and preservation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. However, ATC has no law enforcement authority; law enforcement is the responsibility of the National Park Service (NPS) agency where the incident occurred. The National Park Service (NPS) coordinates with the U.S. Forest Service, state, county, and local law enforcement along the Trail to monitor and respond to reports of unsafe persons or activity. ATC provides a portal for the recreating public to report incidents on and along the Trail in order to ensure that NPS receives all reports of suspicious or unsafe activity.