No ‘drones’ on Appalachian Trail

A remote controlled 'drone' (file).

New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) – The National Park service has announced that drones will not be allowed along the famous Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine.  Part of the trail runs through Connecticut, in Litchfield County.  The park is looking into the use of drones further.  The new rules, effective immediately, as they stand right now, prohibits the “launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.”

Many people are using drones to take video, or shoot photos, of scenic sites.  But the drones have also come into close contact with several aircrafts, and there are still concerns about their safety and wide-scale use.

The Appalachian Trail is a 2,184 mile long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. it was conceived in 1921, built by private citizens, and completed in 1937.


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