I'm a person who would love to camp more, and I know the AT comes right by the city, and I know that public transit can bring me nearby.
But can you just camp anywhere on the AT, even if you're not a thru hiker? You can just get onto the trail and set your tent up anywhere?
How does it work?
I've done that, but it's *brutal* in the heat from the Tuxedo Station to the woods. No tree cover, difficult walks alongside/crossing highways. I can do it, but I can't believe that's the easiest!
What about up by Anthony's Nose?
Also - If it's not a state park, what is it? Private? Federal?