Backpacker Radio 85 | Neville Harris of Woods Hole Hostel

In today’s episode of Backpacker Radio presented by The Trek, brought to you by, we are joined by Neville Harris.  Neville is the owner and head honcho at Woods Hole Hostel, commonly regarded as one of the top hostels (if not the top hostel) along the entire Appalachian Trail.  I think the reasoning for this will be readily apparent during our conversation with Neville, as her radiant personality shines through during our chat.  Neville shares a bit about her meditation practice and the impact it’s had on her life, she walks us through a typical day at Woods Hole Hostel, how COVID has impacted her business, how running the hostel played a role in her recent divorce, and much more.  Whether you’ve stayed at Woods Hole or not, we think you’re really going to enjoy this chat.

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Interview with Neville Harris of Woods Hole Hostel on the Appalachian Trail.

00:06:18: QOTD: if you could pick a day to be your birthday besides your actual birthday, what day would you pick? 

00:10:12 – What is Woods Hole Hostel? How did you get into the hiking culture? 

00:11:40 – Where is Woods Hole Hostel?

00:11:54 – Where is the closest town?

00:12:59 – Tell us about the intricacies of Woods Hole Hostel? 

00:17:30 – Are you religious?

00:18:20 – How long are you meditating? 

00:18:38 – Do you have a particular practice you follow?

00:19:45 – Can you give us an overview of your meditation approach?

00:21:20 – What are the benefits you see from meditation?

00:23:39 – Are you in communication with other trail angels in the area? 

00:24:50 – Is meditation offered through Woods Hole?

00:25:30 – Do you lead a yoga class? 

00:26:30 – Will you walk us through a day at Woods Hole Hostel?

00:28:11 – What’s on the Woods Hole menu usually?

00:33:00 – How do you can food?

00:34:47 – How did you feel taking in hikers during coronavirus? 

00:41:53- How many people stay with you in a year? 

00:44:40 – Can you talk about the animals at Woods Hole Hostel? 

00:49:33 – How do you balance helping hikers and running a business? 

00:51:43 – How was running the hostel with a partner vs. alone? 

00:52:44 – What led you to choose between the hiking community and your husband? 

00:55:16 – Can you talk about hikers leaving critiques about your husband? 

00:57:09 – What about the hiker community do you love so much?

01:00:56 – How do you prevent burnout? 

01:02:58 – How have you seen the hiking community change over the years? 

01:05:16 – Do you think technology has had any effect? 

01:07:17 – Do you take outside donations? 


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Comments 4

  • Michael Lasecki : Nov 3rd

    If you want to know the truth about why I walked out and I divorced Neville and left behind hostel life..Let’s set up an interview!!

  • Ktown : Nov 4th

    Can we hold hands and say what we are thankful for today:) Woods Hole rocks!

  • Dogwood : Nov 7th

    She looks more and more like Nellie. Luv Woods Hole Hostel.

  • Heather : Nov 17th

    I wish the interviewers on this podcast would prepare more and learn to edit. The female interviewer suggested that Neville could milk her bull (!!??), the questions about canning were ridiculous (Google “how to can”); and the entire episide needed editing, including when Neville’s phone died. Overall: great guests but the production values are terrible and the interviewers come across as clueless and unprepared.


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