By Robert "Sly" Sylvester

The Appalachian path Thru-Hikers' better half is an A.T. guidebook to shelters, water resources, city prone and different invaluable info that's compiled and released each year by way of ALDHA with aid from employees from the Appalachian path Conservancy. It includes up to the moment wisdom of the A.T. from present hikers and path maintainers and offers crucial info on hiker-oriented prone on or close to the trail.

The publication is edited by way of Robert "Sly" Sylvester with learn by way of greater than 3 dozen thru-hiker volunteers in 14 states, sponsored via the first-hand details of the trail's volunteer and employees maintainers and bosses and large info from the present version of the A.T. information booklet. There are 284 pages with maps, illustrations, equipment-makers' toll-free numbers, and path city publish place of work hours.

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In the South, and many hikers are caught off-guard by the snow and cold temperatures that the high elevation means. gov/grsm>. The Trail through the park officially begins for northbounders on the northern side of Fontana Dam; for southbounders, Davenport Gap is the beginning. In recent years, the park has hosted more than nine million visitors annually. Home to the most diverse forest in North America, the park includes more than 100 species of 29 Great Smoky Mountains National Park 6500 Beechnut Gap Mineral Gap 186 187 188 Sugar Tree Gap 189 Derrick Knob Shelter Sams Gap 190 191 192 193 Changes here; see table Buckeye Gap trees, 1,570 species of flowering plants, 60 species of mammals, more than 25 different salamanders, and 2,000 varieties of mushrooms.

C. C. C. –Ga. 5 At Bly Gap, northbounders enter the Nantahala National Forest with 4,000-foot gaps and 5,000-foot peaks. ” Long climbs between the Stecoah–Cheoah Mountain area and Cheoah Bald offer panoramic views of western North Carolina. Don’t rush; enjoy the landscape from an observation tower or two. 5 miles between Bly Gap and the Nantahala River. , Franklin, NC 28734; . T. is available between Bly Gap and Rock Gap during Jan, Feb, and part of Mar. The Forest Service closes USFS 71 to all vehicular traffic until Mar 1 and USFS 67 until Mar 15.

Water is on right of side trail to shelter. Rock Gap Shelter (1965)—Sleeps 8. Privy. Bear cables. 5 mile from the road. Water source is a spring to the left and behind the shelter. , Franklin, NC 28734. S. C. O. ZIP 28734: M–F 8:30–5, Sa 9–12; (828) 524-3219]. See map. com>, will be held Mar 27–28 and include food, music, and entertainment at 6 o’clock each evening at the Sapphire Inn Motel on East Main Street. T. thru-hikers. S. com>.  Hostel: The Hiker’s Den Hostel, open Mar 1–May 31, $15; call Haven's Budget Inn for more information.

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