Appalachian Trail Resupply Points
This article was originally posted on February 21, 2017. It was last updated on January 25, 2022 by Penina Crocker.
One of the most confusing topics for new Appalachian Trail thru-hikers attempting to coordinate their adventure is how to figure out the right amount of food to last between resupplies. An unfortunate effect is that many hikers start out carrying way too much food weight. This can evolve from a minor to a major problem, and too frequently causes injury early on a hike, because not only are their legs not ready for endurance walking up and down strenuous mountains, but they’re also ill-prepared to manage the weight of an extra 30-40 pounds.
Pre-hike tip #1: Buy AWOL’s guide. Plan to start at a 10-mile-per-day pace the first week of your hike until you learn your limits as a hiker.
Pre-hike tip #2: As you start your northbound journey, if starting at Amicalola, plan for four days of food. For each day, plan a breakfast, a second breakfast, lunch, two afternoon snacks, and a substantial dinner including protein. Add some comfort chocolate or other goodies if you prefer. If your food bag weighs more than ten pounds leaving north from Springer or Amicalola, you’re carrying more food than you will need to get to your first easy resupply point.
Listed below are some of the best resupply points along the Appalachian Trail. With a few exceptions, AT hikers will rarely go more than 50 miles without a resupply option. These are some of the best options, not the only options. For a fully comprehensive list of all options in every town, check out the app FarOut (Guthook), or AWOL’s guide. Mile markers correspond with those on FarOut.
Mile 31 – Mountain Crossings: A full-service outfitter with full resupply, the trail will run you right into the front door of this first stop along the trail. As mentioned above, you don’t need more than four days of food to get you here.
Mile 52 OR 69 – Hiawassee, GA: Multiple shuttles are available into town. During NOBO season 2023, the City of Hiawassee plans to run free shuttles into town from both Dicks Creek and Unicoi Gaps. Home to Trailful, a full service outfitter and resupply shop. Free shuttles by appointment are included if you stay at Hostel Around the Bend, 706-389-9668. Town has a full grocery store (Ingles) and Dollar General.
Mile 110 – Franklin, NC: At Winding Stair Gap, US 64, hitch a ride into Franklin. Check out Outdoor 76 outfitter for gear, resupply, and a 10% hiker discount. While in town, visit the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company and Rock House Lodge (attached to the Outdoor 76 outfitter) to celebrate exiting your first state! You can also resupply at Ingles or Dollar General in town.
Mile 137 – Nantahala Outdoor Center: No hitch required! NOC Outfitters is on-site with gear and food resupply.
Mile 164 – Fontana General Store: Located two miles west of the AT from the point you cross Hwy 28. The trail takes you right to the visitor’s center, which offers snacks, but I wouldn’t call it a full resupply. Due to the limited (and expensive) grocery selection in this town, many hikers choose to send resupply boxes to the post office here. This is your last chance to print your Smokies permit and to resupply before entering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Mile 208 – Newfound Gap, Gatlinburg: A shuttle or hitch is definitely required to make it 15 miles from here into Gatlinburg, but if you’ve never experienced the city, it’s worth the trip! Resupply options, honestly, aren’t as great as you’d expect in a town with so much to offer, but there’s enough to be found at pharmacies and the tiny grocers on the strip to make it another few days on trail. There’s also a Food City at the north end of town. Unique experiences, a plethora of food, and Smoky Mountain Brewery are a few notable mentions in town. From Newfound Gap, you can also hitch to Cherokee instead for better grocery options.
Mile 274 – Hot Springs, NC: The white blazes lead you right through this awesome trail town! There are several hostel options, including Elmers Sunnybank Inn and Hostel 828-622-7206) and Laughing Heart Hostel (828-206-8487), and several resupply spots in town including Bluff Mountain Outfitters (828-622-7162) and Dollar General.
Mile 342 – Erwin, TN, The trail leads you right to Uncle Johnny’s doorstep. He runs a popular hostel complete with outfitter and resupply. When you stay, he also shuttles you into town for free (423-735-0548). There are also a number of grocery stores and dollar stores in Erwin proper.
Mile 367 – Greasy Creek Friendly Hostel (828-688-9948) – Small resupply offered at this off-trail hostel.
Mile 393 – Mountain Harbour Hostel, 866-772-9494 – Only a 0.3-mile walk off trail. A small resupply is offered here, as well as what many hikers describe as “the best breakfast on the Aƒppalachian Trail.” The Station at 19E hostel also offers lodging, resupply, and shuttle services, as well as a craft beer pub (423-250-3700). Both resupply options are limited, so this would be a great place to mail yourself a resupply box!
Mile 420- Hampton, TN. Take the beautiful, creekside, one-mile side trail into Hampton, TN. Resupply options are a bit limited, but there is a Dollar General and a couple of small grocers in town.
Mile 470 – Damascus, VA: Welcome to Virginia, the self-proclaimed “State for Lovers.” The blazes walk you straight through the heart of this trail town. Several hostels are available if you choose to stay in this popular trail town. The Place at 504-343-3734, Crazy Larry’s/The Only Wanderer at 276-475-7130, and Woodchuck Hostel, 406-407-1272 are just a handful of what’s available. With three outfitters in town plus a couple of grocers, an ample resupply is available here. Only a short walk out of town is the Damascus Brewery for beer lovers.
Mile 518 – Troutdale, VA: Shower, laundry, prepared meals, and limited resupply available to guests of the nearby Sufi Lodge (276-677-0195), or you can get a shuttle to Sugar Grove and resupply at the Dollar General. The Troutdale Baptist Church (276-677-4092) also hosts hikers. The road doesn’t get a ton of traffic, so we recommend pre-arranging a shuttle rather than attempting to hitch. Update January 2022: As of now, a note on the Sufi Lodge website claims it is closed until further notice.
Mile 534 – Marion, VA: The spot where the AT crosses VA 16 is a six-mile hitch into Marion, VA. You can also call 276-782-9300 to schedule a free bus ride from the Mt. Rogers Visitor Center to town via Marion Transit. There are plenty of large grocery chains and restaurants in Marion. There’s even a drive-in movie theater! Hmmm, I wonder if they accept walk-ins. 😉
Mile 545 – Atkins, VA: The trail leads you to the east side of Atkins where you’ll find a Shell Convenience store. Limited resupply available here. Update January 2022: Shell is permanently closed.
Mile 592 – Bland, VA: just over three miles off trail, Bland offers a supermarket and a Dollar General as well as a few restaurants.
Mile 608 – Trent’s Grocery: Only a half-mile off trail, Trent’s offers food, camping, showers, and a small resupply. 276-928-1349
Mile 637 – Pearisburg, VA: Less than a mile to walk from trail to town, Pearisburg is worth a visit. In town, you’ll find lots of grocers for resupply and every hiker’s favorite, an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet!
Mile 710 – Catawaba, VA: Donation-based Four Pines Hostel, 540-309-8615, is an easy 0.3-mile road walk from the AT They offer shuttles to Catawaba Grocery. Alternatively, send yourself a box to the Catawba Post Office.
Mile 730 – Daleville, VA: The trail passes within a quarter-mile of Daleville’s Kroger grocery store and outfitter, as well as a number of excellent restaurants and hotels.
Mile 787 – Glasgow, VA: Glasgow isn’t the easiest place to hitch a ride into town based on my experience, but patience usually pays off. There are small grocers in town and a free, town-provided pavilion with hot showers, a porta-potty, and tenting allowed. You can also grab snacks, pizza, and fuel canisters at Stanimal’s Hostel in town ( 540-480-8325 ).
Mile 809 –Buena Vista, VA: Nine miles off trail is the little town of “B-yoo-nuh-Vista,” as the locals pronounce it. With a Food Lion and several reasonable hotels, a campground, and restaurants, you’ll find what you need for a full resupply.
Mile 864 – Waynesboro, VA: 4.5 miles off-trail, Waynseboro is a hiker-friendly trail town offering a YMCA center for camping and showers, two hiker hostels, an outfitter, and plenty of large market options. The best thing about Waynesboro is Ming Garden, an all-you-can-eat lunch and dinner Chinese restaurant. Yes, please.
As you enter Shenandoah National Park, prepare to be spoiled. There are stores/restaurants/bars throughout the park called “Waysides” which offer various resupply options and a limited outdoor selection. You won’t need to carry as much food as normal if you plan to capitalize on the meals offered at the Waysides. Just bear in mind that within the national park, you’ll be paying tourist prices (ie expensive). Update January 2022: Many of these Waysides are closed for the winter, and will be reopening in March/April.
Mile 891 – Loft Mountain Wayside: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is served. Food resupply items in store.
Mile 918 – Lewis Mountain Campground and store: Home of the $1 cans of beer! You can even purchase singles of the good stuff for cheaper than you can purchase a can of soda. Charge your phone and enjoy a couple of drinks while you peruse the small resupply selection.
Mile 926 – Big Meadows Wayside: Meals served and small resupply options available here. Great bar downstairs!
Mile 934 – Skyland Resort and Restaurant: The gift shop on site sells basic resupply items. There’s a bar on site.
Mile 944 – Luray, VA: At US 211, if you can land a nine-mile hitch into town, Luray is a fun place to chill for a day or two. Ample restaurants and a few large and small markets in town, bowling and a movie theater, this city offers plenty of off-trail fun (at a more reasonable price than the Waysides).
Mile 953 – Elkwallow Wayside: Visible from where the trail crosses Skyline 23.9, you’ve only got a 0.1-mile walk to reach Elkwallow. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served on-site, and limited groceries are available.
Mile 972 – Front Royal, VA: Front Royal is a pretty easy place to hitch a ride from US Hwy 522, or you can catch the free Front Royal trolley from the trailhead (picks up twice a day on weekdays). There are tons of options for food, lodging, and resupply in Front Royal. Check out Mountain Trails for full services including repairs, gear, mail-drop, and resupply. Thru-hikers can enjoy a 10% discount, and kick back in Basecamp, a free hiker lounge, complete with snacks, showers, and laundry –sponsored by local businesses.
Mile 1026 – Harpers Ferry, WV: Celebrate your “almost” halfway point as the trail takes you directly into this unique little trail town! Only a small percentage of thru-hikers make it this far! While in town, visit the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s headquarters and have your picture made for the yearly album. There are a few small stores and restaurants in town for resupply and yumminess. This would be a good town to consider sending yourself a resupply box as your options are a bit limited in town.
Mile 1057 – Smithsburg, MD: One and a half miles west of the AT, you can find a Food Lion and several restaurants in Smithsburg, MD. Update January 2022: Food Lion is permanently closed, but there is a Dollar General in addition to smaller grocery stores and restaurants.
Mile 1070 – Waynesboro, PA: The trail takes you two miles from the town’s Walmart and 4.5 miles from downtown with other resupply options.
Mile 1085 – Fayetteville, PA: Walmart is seven miles west of the AT and a couple of smaller markets lie within 2 miles from the trail. Stick out that thumb and smile!
Mile 1105 – Pine Grove Furnace Store: The trail leads you right past Pine Grove Furnace store, most famous for its half-gallon challenge, where hikers celebrate reaching the halfway point by attempting to eat that much ice cream in half an hour. Most regret it afterward. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. There is short-term resupply offered here. 717-486-4920
Mile 1124 – Boiling Springs, PA: Our beloved trail leads you right into the heart of Boiling Springs, PA. A few small food marts are in town.
Mile 1149 – Duncannon, PA: This is yet another trail town where following the white blazes leads you straight through its heart. The Doyle is a must-stop, at least for a beer and a burger. Several small convenience stores in town for resupply. This would be an awesome town to send ahead a box to ensure you get what you need in a full resupply. Alternatively, if you can catch a ride you can resupply at Dollar General just outside of town (don’t recommend walking there, it’s a busy and unsafe road).
Mile 1194 and 1196 – Pine Grove, PA: A little over three miles off-trail, there are small resupply options in Pine Grove, PA. A Dollar General and BG’s Market, 570-345-0464, exist there for you to stock up on what you need. Side note: if staying at the 501 Shelter (mile 1196) you can have pizza delivered to the shelter from town.
Mile 1220 – Port Clinton and Hamburg, PA: The trail takes you right through Port Clinton, where landing a ride into Hamburg is a cinch if you stop into the Port Clinton Barber Shop to hang out a while. Hamburg offers a variety of yummy eating spots, a Walmart superstore, and a Cabelas outfitter. Port Clinton allows hikers to set up tents or sleep inside the town pavilion. Respect it as a privilege and take care of the place on behalf of all of us out there.
Mile 1260 – Palmerton, PA: Only 1.5 miles off the AT, Palmerton has it all. Full resupply and eating options in town.
Mile 1280 – Wind Gap, PA: An easy one-mile walk or hitch into town, Wind Gap offers a couple of lodging options and two food stores for resupply. Restaurants are varied.
Mile 1296 – Delaware Water Gap, PA: This is a popular trail town for hikers to take a zero day. The white blazes take you right through the middle of town. A donation-based church hostel is available in the center of town, The Church of the Mountain Hostel 570-476-0345. Please donate what you can to thank this church for the amazing service they offer us! In town is Sycamore Grill with beer and wings specials, The Village Farmer and Bakery, Edge of the Woods Outfitters for resupply, and a couple of small grocers.
Mile 1339- Port Jervis, NY: This town offers a Price Chopper and ShopRite market and is located 4.4 miles from the AT trailhead at High Point State Park headquarters (where you can also purchase snacks and sodas, incidentally).
Mile 1348 – Unionville, NY: Only a 0.7-mile walk off-trail, this little town offers free hiker camping behind their post office. The general store is small but offer adequate food resupply options. Enjoy the pizza and tavern in town!
Mile 1360 – Vernon, NJ: The town sits 2.4 miles off trail, but Clarity found it to be a pretty easy hitch to and from town. There’s an ACME Grocery in town and several restaurants to satisfy your hiker hunger.
Mile 1386 – Harriman, NY: Harriman is 3.7 miles off the AT from Orange Turnpike and offers numerous full grocery stores and lodging options.
Mile 1406 – Fort Montgomery, NY: One point eight miles off trail, you can eat and resupply here. Food Mart (located in the Mobile station) and Chestnut Mart are small markets.
Mile 1412 – Peekskill and the Appalachian Market. The Appalachian Market offers hot food and decent resupply selection right next to the trail (open 24/7), or you can catch a ride into Peekskill for a full selection of grocery stores, lodging, and other services. Incidentally, Peekskill is also a great place to catch the train into New York City.
Mile 1449 – Pawling, NY: 2.6 miles off trail, you’ll mostly find eateries here, but there is a CVS and free camping in town. Another 1.8 miles beyond the town there is a Hannaford’s supermarket if you can get a ride.
Mile 1470 – Kent, CT: Only 0.8 miles off trail, Kent offers a couple of small resupply options, a spattering of restaurants, and Kingsley Tavern to quench your thirst.
Mile 1490 – Falls Village, CT: Check out Bearded Woods One-of-a-Kind Bunk & Dine for a well-deserved splurge! Resupply and shuttles to town are offered with stay. This place is architecturally beautiful, clean, and dinner and breakfast are provided. Reservations required. 860-480-2966. Update January 2022: Bearded Woods was closed for the 2021 season, and may remain closed through 2022. Shuttles are still available.
Mile 1503 – Salisbury, CT: Ms. Maria Macabe (860-435-0593) and Vanessa Breton (860-435-9577 or 860-733-9024) offer low-cost bedrooms and showers for a night. The town has several restaurants and offers (kind of pricey) resupply in the form of LaBonne’s Market.
Mile 1524 – Great Barrington, MA: An easy hitch off a busy highway, Great Barrington is a neat town. Everything you could possibly want to eat can be found in town from chain restaurants to local joints. There’s a Price Chopper a short walk north of town and a Dollar Tree to the south.
Mile 1553 – Lee, MA: Hitchhike the five miles into town if you want to visit Big Y World Class Mart for your resupply needs.
Mile 1571 – Dalton, MA: Follow the white blazes straight into Dalton past Sweet Pea’s ice cream shop into town. You can find a full resupply just down the road in neighboring Pittsfield (including Walmart).
Mile 1581 – Cheshire, MA: Our faithful blazes once again lead us through this tiny Massachusetts town. Resupply options are limited, but there are a couple of convenience stores to stock up on the basics, as well as a Dollar General. This would be a good place to consider sending yourself a resupply box.
Mile 1595 – North Adams and Williamstown, MA: One direction takes you into Williamstown, 2.7 miles from the trailhead. The other direction will walk you about two miles into North Adams with stopping points along the way. Either way, you’ll be able to bump into full resupply at Big Y, Stop and Shop, or Wild Oats.
Mile 1614 – Bennington, VT: Town is 3.4 miles from where the AT crosses VT 9. Full resupply, including Walmart, Aldi, and Price Chopper.
Mile 1654 – Manchester Center, VT: Though town is 5.4 miles from the trailhead, you get spit out onto a main highway, so getting a ride is pretty simple. Green Mountain House, 330-388-6478, a clean hostel option in town, offers shuttles with stay. Firefly gets Clarity’s vote as the best pub food and beer in town. Resupply options include Price Chopper and other small markets.
Mile 1704 – Rutland, VT: Due in part to this being the town where The Yellow Deli hiker hostel is located, folks passing by the AT are pretty quick to pick up a hiker looking for a ride into town. Within walking distance from the donation-based hostel is a Walmart, Price Chopper, and even a movie theater if you’re in need of a relaxing zero mile day. Clarity recommends Hop’n Moose for dinner and delicious on-site brewed beer!
Mile 1704 – Killington, VT: If you’d prefer to walk into towns rather than hitching, Killington is a mere 0.6 miles off trail at VT 100 and has options like Base Camp Outfitters, offering gear and food resupply, and the Inn at Long Trail, offering meals, mail drops, laundry facilities, and discounted room rates for thru-hikers. There’s a small deli/market in town. You can get to Rutland from Killington by catching the commuter bus.
Mile 1751 – Hanover, NH: You’ll follow the white blaze right into the heart of it. Upon entering town, stop at Lou’s for a free gourmet muffin, Ramunto’s pizzeria for a free slice and an awesome beer selection, and a Co-op Food Store for substantial resupply. There’s free camping north of Hanover in the woods at the trailhead.
Mile 1804 or mile 1820 – North Woodstock and Lincoln, NH: In North Woodstock, there’s the Notch Hostel, 603-348-1483, and in Lincoln, though not mentioned in the trail guides, there is Chet’s place, the most popular thru-hiker landing spot in the area. Resupply options are ubiquitous. Outfitters and Price Choppers among other resupply stations are located in town.
Mile 1873 or 1895- Gorham, NH: Rattle River Hostel offers shuttles and slackpacking. The Barn hostel at Libby House (603-723-6129) has bunks and space for camping. Various food options in town, including an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet, and resupply spots including Walmart. Update January 2022: Due to COVID-19, Rattle River Hostel is not renting out individual bunks. To rent the entire cottage/house, call them at 603-466-5049. You must be 25 or older.
Mile 1946 – Andover, ME: You’ve made it into your last state! Congrats on being among the few who have done so. Andover is located 8 miles from the trailhead. Extensive resupply available at Pine Ellis Lodging, and they will pick you up for a fee. Also within walking distance in this tiny town are a couple of small general stores. Mills Market cooked up the best brick oven pizza I experienced on the entire trail…what a gas station surprise! Update January 2022: Due to COVID-19, Pine Ellis Lodging is only renting out entire rooms. Bunkhouse is currently closed.
Mile 1972 – Rangeley, ME: Rangeley marks the halfway latitudinal point between the North Pole and the Equator and is home to Sarge’s Pub with good burgers and beer. The Hiker Hut is a hostel in the area of this hiker-friendly town. There is an IGA supermarket on the way into town from the trail (near the post office), as well as three outfitters with some hiker food and fuel on offer.
Mile 2005 – Stratton, ME: Stratton offers adequate resupply in the form of a grocery store and several small markets. The White Wolf Inn, home of the 8oz Wolf Burger, also houses a fairly decent selection of beer on tap. You can also stay nearby at the Hostel of Maine, which offers limited in-house resupply and also offers rides to the small market nearby.
Mile 2042 – Caratunk, ME: With two lodging options less than two miles from the trailhead, Caratunk is a good spot to stop for a night or two and mingle with your trail family. The Sterling Inn, 207-672-3333 offers extensive resupply options, reasonable lodging, free shuttles, and a breakfast buffet. In the opposite direction, Northern Outdoors sits two miles off-trail and provides a free shuttle, use of shower, pool, and hot tub with or without stay, and offers rooms, cabin tents, and traditional tenting. Kennebec River Pub and Brewery is on-site. Call for shuttles 800-765-7238. Update January 2022: COVID-19 vaccines are required to stay at The Sterling Inn.
Mile 2074 – Monson, ME: This is a must-stop trail town before hikers enter the Hundred Mile Wilderness. With two great lodging options, Lakeshore House Lodging & Pub at 207-997-7069 and Shaw’s Lodging at 207-997-3597, there’s no shortage of places to land for a night to hang with your buds as your time together draws near to an end. Shaw’s offer’s full resupply and has an attached outfitter (Poet’s Gear Emporium). Beyond Shaw’s, resupply options are sparse. Pete’s Place (with a helluva good breakfast!) and Robinson’s Convenience Store are small general stores with enough options to get you through the wilderness. Monson is a great place to mail yourself a food drop!
Note: No option to get off-trail and resupply between Monson and Abol Bridge/Millinocket. This is the 100 Mile Wilderness.
Mile 2178 – Millinocket, ME: You’ve done it! The Hundred Mile Wilderness is behind you and only Katahdin looms ahead… your final mountain on the Appalachian Trail! The Appalachian Trail Lodge, 207-723-4321, offers a free daily shuttle from Baxter park in the afternoon. Ole Man’s Gear Shop is on-site, and the Appalachian Trail Cafe is located a block down the road offering happy hour specials on select beer. Millinocket has a Hannaford supermarket if you need to resupply before tackling Baxter Peak. Be aware that Millinocket is about a 40 minute drive from the AT. Alternatively, you can get a limited resupply (as well as a shower, laundry, and a primitive cabin or tentsite) from the Abol Bridge Campground store just off the trail (also at Mile 2178).
Your final white blaze! The days of planning resupplies, hiking from morning till night, and pigging out in hiker towns are over. Real world sometimes sucks upon return! Hikers sometimes suffer from a bit of post-trail stress. Coming soon is an article on ways to be proactive so that your transition back to reality is as stress-free as possible. Cheers! Congrats! 🙂 You will never be quite the same.
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