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7 Ways AT Thru-Hikers Survive Rocksylvania with Their Feet Intact

7 Ways AT Thru-Hikers Survive Rocksylvania with Their Feet Intact

Rocksylvania, Bootsylvania, Painsylvania… the Appalachian Trail’s seventh northernmost state goes by many names. But with or without a snappy moniker, all AT thru-hikers know to fear the infamous

May 18, 2022 : Kelly Floro
7 Tick-Borne Diseases (Besides Lyme) to Watch Out For on the AT

7 Tick-Borne Diseases (Besides Lyme) to Watch Out For on the AT

My number one fear as a thru-hiker? Ticks. Yes, really. Is it that crazy to be afraid of a many-limbed, blood-sucking monster so minuscule I might not even notice when...

May 13, 2022 : Kelly Floro
Your Body is a Miraculous Machine!

Your Body is a Miraculous Machine!

Thru-hiking has taught me a lot about my body, which I feel is empowering. It's shown me that we humans are amazing and capable! As I feel my body adapt...

Apr 17, 2022 : Olivia Gerstenbacher
Top 5 Appalachian Trail Day Hikes with Unforgettable Views

Top 5 Appalachian Trail Day Hikes with Unforgettable Views

This is a guest post by Amber and Joshua Niven. Amber and Joshua are the authors of Discovering the Appalachian Trail, A Guide to the Trail's Greatest Hikes. They live...

Apr 12, 2022 : Guest Post
An Incomplete List of Appalachian Trail Hostels: 2022 Edition

An Incomplete List of Appalachian Trail Hostels: 2022 Edition

Hostels on the Appalachian Trail are part of what makes a thru-hike such a unique experience. We've listed 120+ places to stay between Georgia and Maine, including a few lodgings...

Mar 2, 2022 : Penina Satlow
Accessing the Appalachian Trail: A List of Shuttles and Taxi Services

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

Originally published on 6/23/2016, updated on 05/14/2022 by Penina Satlow. Do a quick Google search of "How do I get to (insert town) on the AT?" and you won't get...

Feb 28, 2022 : High Five
Rough Start to Your Thru-Hike? It Could Be Because of Your Diet

Rough Start to Your Thru-Hike? It Could Be Because of Your Diet

The following guest post was written by Terry "Finder" Rice. "The trail will teach you what you need to know." That simple truth was shared with me by a former...

Feb 16, 2022 : Guest Post
Passing the Torch: Advice for the Class of 2022 from a 2021 Thru Hiker

Passing the Torch: Advice for the Class of 2022 from a 2021 Thru Hiker

You will wake up cold, wet, and hungry for days on end, push yourself to the absolute physical brink of exhaustion, suffer long hours in unbearable heat, and slog through...

Feb 15, 2022 : Anna McKinney
9 of My Biggest Appalachian Trail Regrets

9 of My Biggest Appalachian Trail Regrets

I absolutely loved my Appalachian Trail thru-hike. It was a challenging, rewarding, and above all fun experience that I feel very lucky to have had. But like with any major...

Feb 8, 2022 : Sarah Wolfson
How to Get To Springer Mountain

How to Get To Springer Mountain

Originally published 1/10/2017; last updated 1/27/2022 by Penina Satlow. "Where’s Springer Mountain? You mean the Southern Terminus of the AT? That’s easy… it’s in Georgia. In the woods. Actually

Jan 27, 2022 : Maggie Slepian