Accessing the Appalachian Trail: A List of Shuttles and Taxi Services

Do a quick Google search of “How do I get to on the AT?” and you won’t get very far. A few posts may  have been made 5 or so years ago on WhiteBlaze.net if you’re searching for one of the big trail towns (Damascus, Monson, Duncannon), but search for easy access to any of the smaller towns (Waynesboro, VA; Kent, CT; Dalton, MA, for example) and you’re pretty much SOL. But, fear not! I have done your research for you! Admittedly, accessing lots of these trail towns will still be an adventure (calling trail angels, hitching rides, finding the bus depot…), but at least most of that information is now in one place! This list is primarily for those of you trying to get from a town to an airport, or vice versa. Hikers going from the trail to a town just need to jump on the ol’ thumb train- it’s a trail tradition!

I’ve split the trail up into sections and pulled information from Awol’s A.T. Guide (using the 2016 NOBO edition) and the Thru-Hikers’ Companion (hubby’s 2013 edition- call for updated information). I also searched WhiteBlaze.net, but more detailed searches are also a good idea. Information found in AWOL’s guide is labeled with (AWOL), info from the Thru-Hikers’ Companion is labeled with (Companion) and from WhiteBlaze.net will have (WhiteBlaze).

Springer Mountain

Fly or take the AMTRAK into Atlanta, take the MARTA local rail system to North Springs Station and call the Hiker Hostel; 770-312-7342 for pick-up- call ahead of time. (AWOL. Companion)

Len Foote Hike Inn 800-581-8032; www.hikeinn.com (Companion)

Ron Brown H: 706-636-2825; C: 706-669-0919; [email protected] shuttles between Atlanta and Fontana Dam (AWOL)

Sam Duke 706-781-7641; 706-745-1596 shuttles between Atlanta and Fontana Dam (AWOL)

Henry Carter 678-525-3497 shuttles between Atlanta and all of Georgia (AWOL)

Between Springer Mountain and Fontana Dam
Macon County Transit 828-349-2222. Shuttles Monday thru Friday (Feb. 15 – May 27). Multiple pickup locations in town. Call a day ahead to arrange pickup. (AWOL)

Beverly Carini 850-572-7352. Shuttle range approx. 100 miles. (AWOL)

Chuck Allen 828-371-6460. Shuttles between Springer and Fontana. Call after 1pm. (AWOL)

City Taxi 828-369-5042. Rides continue until 6pm, later by appointment. (AWOL)

Roadrunner Driving Services 706-201-7719. Email: [email protected] Long distance shuttles covering Atlanta to Damascus. (AWOL)

Larry’s Taxi Service 828-421-4987. Shuttles everywhere. (AWOL)

Fontana Shuttle 828-498-2211. Between AT Crossing (Marina) or Visitor Center and Fontana Village. 8:30am – 6pm daily (Feb. 15 – May 15). Call for availability outside of these dates. (AWOL)

Smoky Mtn Adventure 828-736-7501, 828-479-9608. Shuttles between Hiawasee-Hot Springs and 3 area airports. Slackpacking services. (AWOL)

Between Springer Mountain and Damascus, VA
A Walk in the Woods 865-436-8283; www.awalkinthewoods.com. Guides Vesna and Erik Plakanis shuttle anywhere from Springer to Damascus; dog shuttle/kennel (AWOL, Companion)

Highlands Shuttle Service (Ron McGaha) 423-625-0739 or 865-322-2752. Email: [email protected] Shuttles from Standing Indian (NC) to Damascus, VA. Also pickup / drop-off at Knoxville and Asheville airports and bus stations. (AWOL)

Cherokee Cab 828-269-8621. Short and long distance shuttles 24/7. Covers all trailheads in the Smokies and nearby cities. Call for rates. (AWOL)

Great Smoky National Park
Cherokee Transit 866-388-6071; www.cherokeetransit.com (AWOL)

Highlands Shuttle Service (Ron McGaha) 423-625-0739 or 865-322-2752. Email: [email protected] Shuttles from Standing Indian (NC) to Damascus, VA. Also pickup / drop-off at Knoxville and Asheville airports and bus stations. (AWOL)

Hot Springs, North Carolina
Bluff Mountain Outfitters 828-622-7162 shuttle from most local airports (AWOL, Companion)

Standing Bear Farm 423-487-0014. Shuttles anywhere. Kennel service/dog shuttle (AWOL)

Hemlock Hollow Inn & Paint Creek Cafe 423-787-1736. www.hemlockhollowinn.com. (AWOL)

Erwin, Tennessee
Shuttles by Tom 423-330-7416. www.hikershuttles.com. Shuttles to all area trailheads, bus stations, airports, outfitters, etc…from Springer-Harpers Ferry. (AWOL)

Uncle Johnny;s Nolichucky Hostel and Outfitters 423-735-0548. www.unclejohnnys.net. Short and long shuttle. (AWOL)

Greasy Creek Friendly 828-688-9948. Shuttles Hot Springs to Damascus. (AWOL)

Mountain Harbour B&B/Hiker Hostel 866-772-9494. www.mountainharbour.com. (AWOL)

Roan Mountain, Tennessee
Roan Mountain B&B 423-772-3207. www.roanmtbb.com. Free pickup/return at Hwy 19E & 5pm town shuttle. Shuttles between Erwin and Watauga Lake. (AWOL)

Hampton, Tennessee
Brown’s Grocery & Braemar Castle Hostel 423-725-2411 or 423-752-2262. (AWOL)

Southern Virginia
Damascus to Pearisburg

Woodchuck Hostel 406-407-1272. Free shuttles to Food City, other shuttles by arrangement. (AWOL)

Mt. Rogers Outfitters 276-475-5416 (www.mtrogersoutfitters.com). Shuttles and showers. (AWOL)

Adventure Damascus 888-595-2453 or 276-475-6262 (www.AdventureDamascus.com). Shuttles to area trailheads by arrangement. (AWOL)

Sundog Outfitter 276-475-6252 (www.sundogoutfitter.com). Shuttles to area trailheads by arrangement. (AWOL)

Skip 276-783-3604. By appointment, shuttles between Damascus and Pearisburg. (AWOL)

Tom Hoffman 540-921-1184; [email protected] (AWOL, Companion)

Bubba’s Shuttles 1-276-730-5869 ([email protected]). Shuttle between Damascus and Pearisburg and Roanoke Airport. (AWOL)

Trents Grocery 276-928-1349. Open year round. (AWOL)

Larry Richardson 540-921-4724. Shuttles between Bland and Pearisburg. (AWOL)

Don Raines 540-921-7433 ([email protected]). Shuttles anytime, anywhere (based in Pearisburg). (AWOL)

Atkins, VA
Rambunny & Aqua 276-783-3754 (AWOL)

Relax Inn 276-783-5811. Call for shuttle availability. (AWOL)

Pearisburg to Waynesboro

Homer Witcher 540-266-4849. Trail maintainer and 2002 thru-hiker. Based in Troutville, VA. (AWOL)

Ken Wallace 434-609-2704. Shuttles between Buchanan and Waynesboro. Based in Glasgow, VA. (AWOL)

Buena Vista
Rockbridge Taxi Service 540-261-7733 local shuttles available; call for further distances (Companion)

Uncorked Wine Shop 540-261-9463; M-F 10-6, Sa 11-6 may have a list of trail angels available for rides and support (Companion)

Gary Serra 757-681-2254. Pickups at Glasgow and Buena Vista trailheads. Shuttles along the AT, to Roanoke, Lynchburg and Charlottesville airports, and to Amtrak station. Will do long0distance shuttles. (AWOL)

Maury Express 800-964-5707 (AWOL)

Ken Hawkins 540-817-9640. Shuttle rande Punchbowl Overlook to Reeds Gap (AWOL)

Earl Arnold 540-377-2119. Shuttles James River to Rockfish Gap (AWOL)

Northern Viriginia
Dubose Egleston 540-487-6388 from Roanoke to Harper’s Ferry (AWOL)

Stanimal’s Shuttle Services 540-290-4002. Covers all of Virginia. (AWOL)

Yellow Cap of the Shenandoah 540-692-9200. Serves all of SNP, 24/7. Pet friendly (AWOL)

Woodward House B&B local shuttles based in Front Royal may be available for fee (Companion)

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
HostelHiker.com 202-670-6323. Shuttles from Thornton Gap to Pen-Mark Park. Daily route to/from DC, Dulles and Baltimore (AWOL)

Teahorse Hostel 304-535-6848. Shuttle range Thornton Gap to Duncannon and Dulles Airport (AWOL)

Mark “Strings” Cusic 304-433-0028 ([email protected]). Shuttle range Rockfish Gap to Duncannon (AWOL)

Pan Tran 304-263-0876. Route to Charles Town (Walmart). $2.50 each way (AWOL)

AMTRAK 800-USA-RAIL Train No. 30, “Capitol Limited” line, ~$12 from DC to HF, station at HF is not staffed; make reservations via phone (AWOL, Companion)

Maryland Rail Commuter Service “MARC” 410-539-5000 Brunswick Line M-F from Union Station to HF, can pay on board with cash (AWOL, Companion)

Waynesboro, PA
Burgundy Lane B&B 717-762-8112. Free shuttle to trailhead or town stop with stay. Longer shuttles available for a fee (AWOL)

Duncannon, Pennsylvania
From the Harrisburg, PA airport, a taxi is about $45 (WhiteBlaze)

Freeman’s Shuttle Service 717-352-2513 or 717-360-1481. Front Royal to DWG. Slackpacking Pen Mar to Duncannon (AWOL)

Gary Grant Shuttles 717-706-2578. Shuttles groups and individuals. Shuttles between Caledonia SP to Duncannon, to local resupply, Greyhound and Amtrak stations. Slackpacking fuel on-hand (AWOL)

Mike’s Shuttle Service 717-497-6022 (AWOL)

Riverfront Campgrouns 717-834-5252 (AWOL)

Trail Angel Mary 717-834-4706 (AWOL)

Carlin’s AT Shuttle Service 570-345-0474 or 570-516-3447. Shuttles anywhere in PA (based in Pine Grove, PA) (AWOL)

Hamburg, Pennsylvania
Barta Bus Service 610-921-0601 (www.bartabus.com). Routes within Hamburg. $1.95 per boarding (AWOL)

Palmerton, Pennsylvania
Jason “SoulFlute” 484-341-3356. Palmerston-Area shuttles. Slack packs Port Clinton to DWG. If call is missed, text (AWOL)

Brenda 494-725-9396. Call for pricing. Shuttles ranging from local to bus terminals and airports (AWOL)

Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania
From NYC, a round trip by bus is about $56.50 via Martz Trailways; service to Philadelphia, Scranton and Stroudsburg also available 570-421-3040, 570-421-4451 (AWOL, Companion)

Home of John “Mechanical Man” and Linda “Crayon Lady” Stempa 610-381-4606. For-fee shuttles ranging from Lickdale (Swatara Gap) to DWG. Call in advance (AWOL)

Pocono Cab 570-424-2800 (AWOL)

WGM Taxi 570-223-9289 (AWOL)

Edge of Woods Outfitters 570-421-6681. Shuttles from Little Gap to Bear Mtn (AWOL)

Water Gap Adventures 570-424-8533. Open April – October (AWOL)

Pocono Pony 570-839-6862 (gomcta.com). Runs on 2hr-loop through Stroudsburg. $1.50 per boarding (AWOL)

Branchville, New Jersey
High Point Country Inn 973-702-1860. Free pickup / return to trail (AWOL)

Greenwood Lake, New York
Anton’s on the Lake 845-477-0010, 800-754-8935 (www.antonsonthelake.com). Free shuttles and slackpack w/ stay, longer shuttles for fee (AWOL)

Greenwood Lake Taxi 845-477-0314 (www.greenwoodlaketaxi.com) (AWOL)

Meadow Lark Farm B&B 845-651-4286 (www.meadowlarkfarm.com). Shuttles covering NJ and NY. $1 per round-trip mile (AWOL)

Harriman Shuttle (www.myharriman.com/harriman-shuttle-bus/). $5 per ride. Contact to town of Southfields and Tuxedo Train Station (AWOL)

Pawling, New York
MTA Metro-North Railroad 212-532-4900 train to NYC (AWOL, Companion)

Martin and Donna 845-505-1671 or 845-546-1832. Nights and weekends only. Shuttle range RPH Shelter to Kent, CT (AWOL)

Kent, Connecticut
Backcountry Outfitters 860-927-3377 (www.bcoutfitters.com). “shuttles anywhere” (AWOL, Companion)

Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut
Hitching Post Motel 860-672-6219 (AWOL)

Cornwall Inn 860-672-6884. Pickup/return to trailhead and other shuttles for a fee (AWOL)

Sheffield, Massachusetts
Jess Treat 860-248-5710 ([email protected]). Stay includes free pickup/return (AWOL)

BRTA Commuter Bus 800-292-2782. Connects Great Barrington, Dalton, Cheshire, North Adams, Adams, Williamstown, Pittsfield, Lee and Berkshire Mall. $1.75 local routes or $4.50 systemwide (AWOL)

Lee, Massachusetts
Home of the “Cookie Lady” 413-623-5859. Shuttle ranges from Kent, CT to Manchester Center, VT (AWOL)

Williamstown, Massachusetts
Greyhound Bus Service (AWOL)

North Adams, Massachusetts (next to Williamstown, MA)
David Ackerson 413-346-1033 ([email protected]). Shuttles ranging from Bear Mtn Bridge to Hanover, including area airports (AWOL, Companion)

Massachusetts Generally
Berkshire Bus Service- Berkshite Regional Transit Authority 413-499-2782, 800-292-2782; www.berkshirerta.com serves multiple trail towns and links them to Pittsfield, a regional hub with major services (Companion)

Bennington, Vermont
Autumn Inn Motel 802-447-7625. Pickup and return to trail $10 (each way) (AWOL)

Green Mountain Express 802-442-0477 (www.greenmtncn.org). Free bus route “Emerald Line” passes between Bennington and Wilmington. Request unscheduled ride from town to trail for $3 (AWOL)

Bennington Taxi 802-442-9052

Vermont Translines 844-888-7267 (www.vttranslines.com). Routes core from Albany, NY airport through towns including Bennington, VT, Wallingford, VT, Rutland, VT, and Hanover, NH (AWOL)

Rutland, Vermont
Marble Valley Regional Transit District (MVRTA; “The Bus”) $2, 802-773-3244. Can be flagged down.
-stops at the Rutland Airport and Manchester Center (AWOL, Companion)

Rutland Killington Commuter (RKC) $2, loops from downtown Rutland to Killington; passes AT on US 4 (AWOL, Companion)

Rutland Taxi 802-236-3133 (AWOL, Companion)

Leonards Taxi 802-362-7039 (AWOL)

Northshire Taxi 802-345-9333

Hikers Hostel at the Yellow Deli 802-683-9378 or 802-775-9800 (www.hikershostel.org) Shuttles sometimes available by donation (AWOL)

Amtrak 800-872-7245

Killington, Vermont
Apex Shuttle Service 603-252-8295 ([email protected])

West Hartford, Vermont
Big Yellow Taxi 802-281-8294. Also covers Woodstock, Norwich, Hanover, Lebanon and White River Junction (AWOL)

White River Junction, Vermont
Amtrak 800-872-7245 travels south to New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and DC (AWOL, Companion)

Hanover, New Hampshire
Advance Transit 6-6 M-F links Hanover to White River Junction, VT (AWOL, Companion)

Apex Shuttle Service 603-252-8295 ([email protected]) To/from anywhere if originating or ending in the Hanover area (AWOL)

Dartmouth Coach 603-448-2800 (www.dartmouthcoach.com). M-F 7-8, Sa/Su 8-5. Goes to Boston and Logan Airport (AWOL)

Big Yellow Taxi 603-643-8294 (AWOL)

Glencliff, New Hampshire
Hackers Welcome Hostel 603-989-0040. Slackpacking and shuttles (AWOL)

Lincoln, New Hampshire
Notch Taxi Service 603-991-8777. Reservations recommended, runs 7 days/week (AWOL)

North Woodstock, New Hampshire
The Notch Hostel 603-348-1583 (www.notchhostel.com). AM trailhead drop-off (Kinsman or Franconia Notch) (AWOL)

New York-Maine
The Shuttle Connection 508-889-8515. Shuttles between two and Kinsman or Franconia Notch. Also shuttles to bus terminals and airports ranging from Portland, ME to NY (AWOL)

New Hampshire-Maine
Trail Angels Hiker Services 978-639-3317 shuttles from Warren, NH to Monson, ME (AWOL)

Gorham, New Hampshire
Concord Coach 800-639-3317, shuttles to Pinkham Notch, Manchester and more (AWOL, Companion)

AMC Hiker Shuttles $22 ($18 for AMC members) shuttles to/from Gorham Visitor Center to/from other stops along route (AWOL, Companion)

Trail Angels Hiker Services 978-855-9227; www.trailangelhikerservices.com shuttles from Warren, NH to Monson, ME (AWOL, Companion)

White Mountains Lodge and Hostel 603-466-5049 (www.whitemountainslodgeandhostel.com) Directly on AT at the northern Gorham trailhead. Town and resupply shuttles. Shuttle and slackpack from Pinkham Notch (free w/ 2 nights stay) (AWOL)

Libby House B&B & The Barn Hikers Hostel 603-466-2271. Shuttle from Pinkham Notch

Hikers Paradise 603-466-2732 (www.hikersparadise.com) Free shuttle with stay

Rangeley, ME
The Hiker Hut 207-897-8984 or 207-670-8095 ([email protected]) Shuttles and slackpacking available (AWOL)

Ecopelagicon 207-864-2771 Ask about shuttles (AWOL)

Stratton, ME
Stratton Motel 207-246-4171 Shuttle range Gorhom to Monson and to airports, train, bus, and care rental hubs in Portland, Bangor, Farmington, Augusta, and Waterville (AWOL, Companion)

Kingfield, ME
Mountain Village Farm B&B 207-265-2030 Roundtrip shuttles for up to 4 persons from either trailhead (AWOL)

Monson, ME/ Millinocket, ME/ Mount Katahdin
100 Mile Wilderness Adventures and Outfitters 207-991-7030 slackpacking, shuttles and resupply for the 100-mile (AWOL, Companion)

Shaw’s Lodging 207-997-3597 (www.shawslodging.com) Slackpacking and shuttles throughout Maine (AWOL, Companion)

Lakeshore House Lodging and Pub 207-997-7069 or 207-343-5033 Slackpacking, shuttles and food drops throughout Maine (AWOL)

Millinocket Municipal Airport 207-731-9906 Car rental available from airport to Medway Rd.

The Appalachian Trail Lodge 207-723-4321 in Millinocket, ME; free daily shuttle to Baxter State Park; shuttle from bus in Medway into 100-Mile or to Monson (AWOL)

Maine Quest Adventures 207-447-5011, 207-746-9615 (www.mainquestadventures.com) Pick up at Medway bus station; drop off at Katahdin Stream campground or Abol Bridge (AWOL, Companion)

Bull Moose Taxi 207-447-8079 Medway to Millinocket; other routes available over all of Maine (AWOL)

Charlie Anderson 207-965-5678 or 207-997-7069 Statewide shuttles, slackpack, and food drops. Call for pricing (AWOL)

Northern Maine
Cyr Bus Lines 207-927-2335, 207-827-2010, 800-244-2335; www.cyrbustours.com Bangor to Medway. Maine Quest Adventures can get you from Medway to Baxter State Park or Abol Bridge, see above. (Companion)

All in all, accessing the AT isn’t the easiest task in the world (but that’s the point, right?). Check WhiteBlaze.net, various Appalachian Trail related groups on Facebook and phone some of these contacts to see if anyone has any other leads on how to get to whichever town you’re interested in. The AT community is first and foremost helpful. Good luck with your travels and happy trails!

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Comments 11

  • Michael Lacasse : Jun 23rd

    Bubba’s number in Bland, VA has changed new number is 276-730-5869

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  • Cosmo Catalano : Jun 24th

    Dave Ackerson also covers Williamstown, MA. It’s only 5 miles from North Adams. I notice you didn’t reference ATC’s shuttle page at: https://www.appalachiantrail.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/at-shuttlesf3b2de6668ce6efcb07bff000057c13a.pdf?sfvrsn=0

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  • Silvia Cassano : Jun 25th

    White Blaze just updated their list recently which is a hybrid of the ATC list, which is updated regularly, probably more regularly than this listing. For instance, the ATC list has several more folks listed in the Rutland/Killington, VT area so it’s good to check all the lists. Kudos to trying to combine them.

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  • Silvia Cassano : Jun 25th

    PS: There are actually lots of folks in the network between Kent and Dalton that you can access by calling someone on the ATC list… just saying. Not everyone wants to be on the lists, so sometimes it takes calling someone who knows someone… =) Be resourceful!

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  • lora davis : Jun 27th

    Excellent! Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  • Foxfeet : Jun 28th

    Don’t forget The Farmhouse in Rangeley, Maine! Affiliated with the Stratton Motel in Stratton, Maine, they can shuttle basically anywhere, including all locations listed under the Stratton Motel. Also, they and the Stratton Motel can shuttle to any trailhead primarily between Andover and Caratunk, Maine, and so can slack pack hikers as well. I’ve been doing work for stay between The Farmhouse and Stratton Motel since last season, so if anyone has questions I’d be more than happy to help.

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  • Craig & Jody @ Rock 'n Sole Hostel : Jun 28th

    Rock ‘b Sole Hostel & Shuttle is located less then 2 miles from AT crossing of route 183. Provides shuttles regularly from Duncannon, PA to Palmerton, PA. Also provides rides to and from all major airports in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Allentown, and various other mass transit sites. We are on whiteblaze.net, AWOLs updates on website (book next year), ATC list, and Facebook. Feel free to add us to your list!

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  • William R Houlette : Jun 30th

    In the Hamburg, PA area: Rainbow Alpaca Shuttle Service 484.560.7813

    We offer slack packing, cheap shuttles ($5 per person into Hamburg), trail reports, hospital runs, pizza deliveries, brewery tours, wine tastings, and pretty much anything else hikers can think to do in the area. We operate between 501 and 309 regularly, but with enough notice, we can go pretty much wherever you need to go.

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  • Laurie Potteiger : Jul 7th

    Here’s a friendly link to the ATC Transportation page, which will always have a link to the latest shuttle listing: http://www.appalachiantrail.org/transportation

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  • Bubba from bubbashuttle : Aug 28th

    Please update my phone# it is 1-276-730-5869 thank you

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