22 responses

  1. Wystiria
    September 7, 2010

    Sounds much like how I plan our sections! Another source for shuttles is the AMC website, I know some don't like to patronize the club but they are a good source of info and the shuttlers aren't on the AMC payroll :)

  2. Ken
    September 7, 2010

    Have fun. This is one if the few sections I've nit done yet. I'm jealous.

  3. OceanMountainSky
    September 7, 2010

    I've already hiked this section but my husband will be hiking from Katahdin to Great Barrington before catching up with me in the south. Maybe you guys will run into each other. Have fun with Mahousic Notch, it was a pain but fun in a strange way. Have fun and take lots of pics, as I'm sure you know, its a pain to go back for those too.

  4. Earlylite
    September 8, 2010

    Wow – that is a tough section! I've done the Notch already, last summer I think. There to Grafton Notch are one of my favorite sections of the AT so far.

  5. Earlylite
    September 8, 2010

    Good tip Wystiria – never thought of that one.

  6. Rick
    January 19, 2011

    Here is a helpful resource!!!

  7. Timothy
    March 14, 2011

    The WhiteBlaze AT Data Base

    Appalachian Trail Distance Calculator

  8. Earlylite
    March 14, 2011

    First one requires a whiteblaze login…I have one, but not everyone. It is free.

    Second one rocks. New to me. Thanks!

  9. Katsal
    July 26, 2011

    Wow! i am planning my first section hike this autumn – checked out the links people recommended and they are good starting points – now to decipher it all! Thanks

  10. RevLee
    October 13, 2011

    DripDry and I just the Smokies a couple of weeks ago. There were several other sites that we used to plan the trip.

    On WhiteBlaze we found a nice 6 day plan for hiking through the park that someone had posted. WhiteBlaze was also an easy source to check on the status of water along the trail. Some parts of the trail, especially southern VA, have problems in late summer and early fall with unreliable water sources.

    We wanted to get the Smokies out of the way early since it is one of the most restrictive sections of the trail. Unless you are starting your hike more than 50 miles before the park, you must have reservations for the shelters and campsites along the AT, and you must only use the shelters and campsites. We had to use the National Park Service site to identify any shelters closed (typically for aggressive bear activity) and to get the number to call for reservations.

    Another handy site is Appalachian Trail Weather (http://www.sophiaknows.com/atdb/weather.php), which has current trail weather conditions and links to short range forecast by shelter location.

    • Dan Thornton
      July 7, 2012

      I love the sample Almanac information you show from Weather Underground. But I’m frustrated because I can’t figure out how you get there for any other location. Could someone explain how to start at wunderground.com and get to historical charts for a particular place along the Appalachian Trail? Thanks.

  11. Tiffany
    July 23, 2012

    I’m going to hike the Virginia Trail in sections, with my children. Are there any helpful resources for people attempting this will little ones in tow?

    • Earlylite
      July 23, 2012

      Google the Appalachian Trail Parking Guide and buy yourself a copy of the AT guide. Not sure what you have in mind in terms of section length, but start slow and work your way up.

    • RevLee
      July 23, 2012

      Shenandoah National Park is a great place to start, especially for day hiking. It’s more rolling terrain with easy access to Skyline Drive. When my sons were just starting in scouts, we day hiked most of the park while camping at Big Meadows during Spring Break..

  12. shannon payan
    October 5, 2012

    Next year my family and I are planning to start sectional hiking the AP with our children who will be 9 & 12. We’ve done a coupe of weekend trips to various mountain areas and they are ready. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

    • Earlylite
      October 5, 2012

      Go slow. Take lots of snacks. Have them identify all the plants and animals they see along the way. Position a bail out car part way. Bring extra dry clothes for them. Standard parent stuff.

  13. Sharlene Delaney
    November 19, 2013

    I have been reading trail journals all summer long. I would love to thru hike the AT but I don’t think “life” is going to let that happen for several years. The next best thing is to do a section hike. There are 4 of us who plan to spend 10 days or so on the trail in June of 2014. We are just starting the planning process and if anyone has some ideas or suggestions or sections that you liked the best please send me an email.

  14. Bill
    January 15, 2014

    I am planning a section trip with my son this summer I was diagnosed with M.S. a year and half ago when I was in the hospital I was pairalized from the waste down I want to get out there before I end up in a wheelchair again I want to be gone for a month in a half to two months not sure how far I will be able to walk each day any suggestions.

    • Philip Werner
      January 15, 2014

      Hike with a partner so you don’t put a SAR team at risk for a known condition. If your body gives out, let them run around and arrange for your extraction rather than 911. The AT is not in the wilderness. It’s close to many roads.

      • RevLee
        January 15, 2014

        Some sections are more remote and rigorous than others, so plan on starting where you are closer to civilization. The middle section isn’t as rugged and has plenty of road crossings. A good place to start would be the southern end of Shenendoah National Park in Virginia, and head north. Shenendoah is often referred to as the superhighway of the AT, it is rolling terrain that parallels Skyline Drive. It’s a great place to get your trail legs without immediately tackling large elevation changes. Heading north from there you stay close to civilization, but avoid the big mountain climbs for the next few hundred miles.

  15. Jennifer
    April 19, 2014

    I’m trying to figure out where to research sections. I’m wanting to start and Springer Mountain and complete 200 miles. Not sure where I could finish up at and how to get detailed information on the route. Any help would be apprepriciated. :).

    • Philip Werner
      April 20, 2014

      Buy the AT Guide by David Miller. It has all of the informatoin you need.

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