Appalachian Trail

In 2017, the Appalachian Trail, 3500 kilometers from Georgia, north of Atlanta to Maine at the level of Montreal, crossing 14 states : Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.


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Presentation of the Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is 3500 kilometers long. It links Georgia, at the north of Atlanta to Maine at the level of Montreal crossing 14 states : Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

The trail goes through wild areas almost all protected. There are parts with days walking far from civilisation and so it requires autonomy. It’s often inside forests and not the best for great views.

It’s not difficult but there are quite a lot of straight up and go. The highest point, Clingmans Dome in Great Smokey Mountains is just 2000 meters above sea level (2026m).

The trail was imagined between the two world war by Benton MacKaye. In 1937, it links Georgia to Maine. Earl Shaffer is known to be the first, in 1948, to thru hike it in 124 days. Nowadays, more than one thousand are doing the same every year. The record was established in 2016 by an ultra trailer, Karl Metzer, in 45 days, 22 hours and 38 minutes. It’s an impressive daily average of 60 kilometers.

The trail is very well marked (white rectangles). It’s almost possible to do it without map. Near of the big cities of East America, millions of people are walking part of it, mainly as day hikes. This popularity raise problems of overcrowding. Bill Bryson book “A walk in the woods” and the movies about it with Robert Redford, in 2016 accentuated the phenomenon.

Guide books
The trail is popular with two good guide books : Thru-Hiker Companion by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and A.T.Guide by David “Awol” Miller. These books provide all the informations : shelters, sources, accomodation, shops…

The Guthook application, for IOS or Android, has all those informations with GPS location, distance to the next point, offline maps…(60$ for all the trail or 9$ for one of the 9 sections).

Maps
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The map website shows topographic maps of the trail (choose USA Topo Maps) and on “Turn on the layers”, you can choose A.T. Shelter).
Inside the national parks, it’s possible to download maps on this website npmaps.

Internet website
The website of Appalachian Trail Conservancy is a must.
On White Blaze forum, there are al ot of posts about the Appalachian Trail (gear, lodging, contacts…).
There are that kind of information on the website of ALDHA ou or in the website The Trek.

My daily stages :

Georgia– North Carolina – Tennessee

1
Springer Mountain – Gooch Mountain Shelter
2 29km
D+1050/D-1270
2
Gooch Mountain Shelter – Neel gap
2 25km
D+1180/D-1140
3
Neel gap – Blue Mountain Shelter
2 30km
D+1540/D-1270
4
Blue Mountain Shelter – Dicks Gap
2 31km
D+1550/D-1960
5
Dicks Gap – Standing Indian Shelter
2 28km
D+1610/D-930
6
Standing Indian Shelter – Rock Gap (Franklin)
2 32km
D+1020/D-1340
7
Rock Gap (Franklin) – Wayah Shelter
2 24km
D+1370/D-1100
8
Wayah Shelter – Wesser (NOC)
2 27km
D+860/D-1810
9
Wesser (NOC) – Brown Fork Gap Shelter
2 26km
D+2020/D-1400
10
Brown Fork Shelter – Birch Spring Gap
2 30km
D+1470/D-1520
11
Birch Spring Gap – Derrick Knob Shelter
2 28km
D+1560/D-1200
12
Birch Spring Gap – New Found Gap (Gatlinburg)
2 29km
D+1320/D-1120
13
New Found Gap (Gatlinburg) – Tri Corner Knob Shelter
2 25km
D+1170/D-900
14
Tri Corner Knob Shelter – Standing Bear Farm
2 30km
D+720/D-1920
15
Standing Bear Farm – Walnut Mountain Shelter
2 32km
D+1900/D-1140
16
Walnut Mountain Shelter – Hot Springs
2 21km
D+630/D-1520

 

17
Hot Springs – Hemlock Hollow Farm (Log Cabin Drive)
2 27km
D+1430/D-1150
18
Hemlock Hollow Farm (Log Cabin Drive) – Rector Laurel Road
2 33km
D+1380/D-1170
19
Rector Laurel Road – Spivey Gap
2 35km
D+1830/D-1720
20
Spivey Gap – Chestoa Bridge (Erwin)
2 18km
D+450/D-920
22
Chestoa Bridge (Erwin) – Clyde Smith Shelter
2 43km
D+2200/D-1360
23
Clyde Smith Shelter – US19E (Mountain Harbor Hostel)
2 40km
D+1630/D-2100
24
US19E (Mountain Harbor Hostel) – Dennis Cove Road (Black Bear Resort)
2 41km
D+1770/D-1830
25
Dennis Cove Road (Black Bear Resort) – Vandeventer Shelter
2 29km
D+1430/D-1130
26
Vandeventer Shelter – Camping après Abingdon Gap Shelter
2 38km
D+1380/D-1340
27
Camping après Abingdon Gap Shelter – Damascus
2 15km
D+200/D-700

Virginia

28
Damascus – Elk Garden
2 38km
D+1800/D-1050
29
Elk Garden – Hurricane Mountain Shelter
2 32km
D+1180/D-1310
30
Hurricane Mountain Shelter – Partnership Shelter
2 31km
D+1020/D-1240
31
Partnership Shelter – VA610, Old Rich Valley Road (Quarter Way Inn)
2 35km
D+1380/D-1630
32
VA610, Old Rich Valley Road (Quarter Way Inn) – VA623 (Saint Luke’s Hostel)
2 33km
D+1690/D-1260
33
VA623 (Saint Luke’s Hostel) – Helveys Mill Shelter
2 29km
D+1050/D-1290
34
Helveys Mill Shelter – Wapiti Shelter
2 39km
D+1210/D-1380
35
Wapiti Shelter – Senator Shumate Bridge (Pearisburg)
2 31km
D+1080/D-1400
36
Senator Shumate Bridge (Pearisburg) – Wind Rock
2 43km
D+2180/D-1430
37
Wind Rock – Niday Shelter
2 37km
D+1380/D-2040
38
Niday Shelter – VA624 (Four Pines Hostel)
2 27km
D+1280/D-1290
39
VA624 (Four Pines Hostel) – Daleville
2 42km
D+1680/D-1840
40
Daleville – Wilson Creek Shelter
2 18km
D+940/D-740
41
Wilson Creek Shelter – Jennings Creek, VA614 (Middle Creek Campground)
2 27km
D+840/D-1110
42
Jennings Creek, VA614 (Middle Creek Campground) – Marble Spring
2 34km
D+2010/D-1560
43
Marble Spring – Pedlar River Bridge
2 37km
D+1480/D-1890
44
Pedlar River Bridge – Rock Spring
2 35km
D+1740/D-980
45
Rock Spring – Rock Point
2 39km
D+1860/D-2060
46
Rock Point – US250 (Waynesboro)
2 25km
D+740/D-1000
47
US250 (Waynesboro) – Black Rock Hut
2 33km
D+1450/D-1250
48
Black Rock Hut – South River Picnic Area
2 45km
D+1880/D-1810
49
South River Picnic Area – Rock Spring Hut
228km
D+1100/D-960
50
Rock Spring Hut – South Marshall Mountain
2 47km
D+1750/D-1850
51
South Marshall Mountain – US522 Mountain Home Cabbin
2 20km
D+500/D-1120
52
US522 Mountain Home Cabbin – Rod Hollow Shelter
2 37km
D+1360/D-1380
53
Rod Hollow Shelter – Blackburn AT Center
2 29km
D+1570/D-1410
54
Blackburn AT Center – Harpers Ferry
2 20km
D+420/D-820

Maryland – Pennsylvanie – New Jersey – New York

55
Harpers Ferry – Crampton Gap Shelter
2 17km
D+540/D-280
56
Crampton Gap Shelter – Falls Creek
2 50km
D+1600/D-1630
57
Falls Creek – US30 Fayetteville (Trail of Hope Hostel)
2 29km
D+840/D-880
58
US30 Fayetteville (Trail of Hope Hostel) – James Fry Shelter
2 45km
D+1080/D-1120
59
James Fry shelter – Carlisle (Hôtel)
2 33km
D+790/D-830
60
Carlisle (Hôtel) – Clarks Ferry Shelter
2 36km
D+1220/D-990
61
Clarks Ferry Shelter – Rausch Gap Shelter
2 40km
D+980/D-1000
62
Rausch Gap Shelter – PA183 (Rock’n Sole Hostel)
2 43km
D+1210/D-1080
63
PA183 (Rock’n Sole Hostel) – Windsor Furnace Shelter
2 33km
D+790/D-920
64
Windsor Furnace Shelter – Bake Oven Knob Shelter
2 43km
D+1040/D-870
65
Bake Oven Knob Shelter – Leroy Smith Shelter
2 38km
D+970/D-970
66
Leroy Smith Shelter – Delaware Water Gap
2 32km
D+650/D-980
67
Delaware Water Gap – Brink Shelter
240km
D+1300/D-1050
68
Brink Shelter – Unionville
2 43km
D+1000/D-1180
69
Unionville – Wildcat Shelter
2 48km
D+1500/D-1310
70
Wildcat Shelter – William Brien Memorial Shelter (par le lac Tiorati)
2 29km
D+1360/D-1330
71
William Brien Memorial Shelter – Graymoor Center
2 27km
D+1120/D-1270
72
Graymoor Center – Lac Canopus
2 23km
D+920/D-780
73
Lac Canopus – Wiley Shelter
2 51km
D+1610/D-1760

New England

74
Wiley Shelter – Caesar Brook Campsite
2 42km
D+1900/D-1820
75
Caesar Brook Campsite – Salisbury
2 30km
D+1200/D-1210
76
Salisbury – Homes Road (Sheffield)
2 39km
D+1560/D-1300
77
Homes Road (Sheffield) – US20 Lac Greenwater
2 42km
D+1670/D-1560
78
US20 Lac Greenwater – Dalton
2 31km
D+890/D-970
79
Dalton – Mont Greylock
2 28km
D+1430/D-750
80
Mont Greylock – Congdon Shelter
2 33km
D+1330/D-1730
81
Congdon Shelter – Story Spring Shelter
2 37km
D+1650/D-1430
82
Congdon Shelter – Bromley Mountain
2 39km
D+1430/D-1290
83
Bromley Mountain – Minerva Hinchey Shelter
2 43km
D+1340/D-1830
84
Minerva Hinchey Shelter – Kent Pond (Killington)
2 35km
D+1600/D-1600
85
Kent Pond (Killington) – VT12 Barnard Gulf Road
2 32km
D+1570/D-1780
86
VT12 Barnard Gulf Road – Hanover
238km
D+1750/D-1830
87
Hanover – Smarts Mountain
2 36km
D+2250/D-1430
88
Smarts Mountain – NH25 Glencliff
2 32km
D+1270/D-1920
90
NH25 Glencliff – Eliza Brook Shelter
2 28km
D+2000/D-1590
91
Eliza Brook Shelter – Liberty Spring Campsite
2 19km
D+1510/D-1100
92
Liberty Spring Campsite – Zealand Falls Hut
2 29km
D+1860/D-2240
93
Zealand Falls Hut – Lakes of the Clouds Hut
2 30km
D+1910/D-1210
94
Lakes of the Clouds Hut – Wildcat Mountain Pic D
229km
D+1940/D-2260
95
Wildcat Mountain Pic D – US2 Gorham
2 29km
D+1420/D-2360
96
US2 Gorham – Full Goose Shelter
2 34km
D+2500/D-1810
98
East B Hill Road – Bemis Mountain Shelter
2 30km
D+2050/D-1670
99
Bemis Mountain Shelter – ME4 (Rangeley)
2 28km
D+1020/D-1380
100
ME4 (Rangeley) – Carrabassett River
2 38km
D+2330/D-2180
101
Carrabassett River – Little Bigelow Shelter
2 38km
D+2380/D-2500
102
Little Bigelow Shelter – Pierce Pond (Harrison)
2 30km
D+690/D-900
103
Pierce Pond (Harrison) – Moxie Bald Mountain Shelter
2 37km
D+1480/D-1420
104
Moxie Bald Mountain Shelter – ME15 (Monson)
2 29km
D+630/D-620
105
ME15 (Monson) – Cloud Pond Shelter
2 31km
D+1500/D-1170
106
Cloud Pond Shelter – Carl A. Newhall Shelter
2 28km
D+1170/D-1330
107
Carl A. Newhall Shelter – Potaywadjo Spring Shelter
2 49km
D+1400/D-1760
108
Potaywadjo Spring Shelter – Rainbow lake (côté est)
2 39km
D+880/D-720
109
Rainbow lake (côté est) – The Birches Shelter
2 31km
D+640/D-600
110
The Birches Shelter – Katahdin et retour via Abol
2 15km
D+1310/D-1260
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