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58 Pa. Code § 135.42. Appalachian Trail.

§ 135.42. Appalachian Trail.

 (a)  Scope. This section regulates through hikers who camp overnight on State Game Lands within the corridor of the trail.

 (b)  Definitions. The following words and terms, when used in this section, have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

   (1) Public access area—An area where the public enters or exits the trail on game lands.

   (2) Spring—A source of water issuing from the ground.

   (3) Stream—A body of running water flowing on the earth.

   (4) Through hikers—Persons walking the trail from a beginning area to an exit area on the trail which is not the place of beginning.

   (5) Trail—The Appalachian Trail as authorized by the Pennsylvania Appalachian Trail Act (64 P. S. § §  801—805).

 (c)  Overnight camping. Overnight camping along the trail shall be lawful only in accordance with the act and this part.

 (d)  Unlawful acts. It is unlawful to camp:

   (1)  Overnight at a distance more than 200 feet from the designated trail.

   (2)  More than one night at the same location.

   (3)  Within 500 feet of a spring, stream or public access area.


   The provisions of this §  135.42 adopted June 18, 1982, effective June 19, 1982, 12 Pa.B. 1869; amended June 19, 1987, effective July 1, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 2464. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (104938).

Cross References

   This section cited in 58 Pa. Code §  135.41 (relating to State game lands).

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