Section Hiking

Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in the Fall

Best Sections of the Appalachian Trail to Hike in the Fall

As the final northbound thru-hiker summits Katahdin and hiking season comes to an end, there is a quietness that falls over the AT. It’s worth it to wait a few...

Oct 25, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
120 Miles Done: Through the Smoke and Fire to Crater Lake

120 Miles Done: Through the Smoke and Fire to Crater Lake

I just woke up in my little one-person progressively-worse-smelling tent, wandered to the actual bathroom! with actual running water! at this crater lake campsite, rubbed layer one of dirt off...

Jul 28, 2018 : Heather Pearson
Section Hikers Are Backpacking’s Unsung Heroes

Section Hikers Are Backpacking’s Unsung Heroes

​Every year, thousands of hikers start their journey down the Appalachian Trail, each hopeful to earn the title of “thru-hiker” in a few months' time. While roughly 600 hikers will...

Jun 20, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
New York: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

New York: Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

The Empire State is known throughout the AT community for being Total Distance: 3.6 miles (with longer options available) About The Hike: Located only an hour outside of NYC, Bear...

Jan 17, 2018 : Colleen Goldhorn
25 Miles Through the Smokies: DIY Loop From Cosby Campground

25 Miles Through the Smokies: DIY Loop From Cosby Campground

There are well over a hundred different trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and the opportunity for a three-day hike gave my friends and me the overwhelming choice...

Nov 27, 2017 : Michael Bullard
Great Smoky Mountains NP: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

Great Smoky Mountains NP: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

Commonly voted a favorite spot along the Appalachian Trail​, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) is a hiker's dream. ​​The trail through the park takes hikers to the highest point...

Sep 13, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
Georgia:​ Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

Georgia:​ Must-See Day Hikes on the Appalachian Trail​

The beautiful state of Georgia is often celebrated on the trail as the first state for northbound thru hikers, and the finish line for southbounders. Full of rugged and steep...

Aug 9, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
How Expectations Can Kill Your Psyche

How Expectations Can Kill Your Psyche

Are you thinking of thru-hiking a major trail? There are plenty of physical obstacles and necessary supplies to keep in mind, but a key to a successful thru-hike is nothing physical...

Aug 2, 2017 : Michael Bullard
West Virginia & Maryland: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

West Virginia & Maryland: Must-See Day Hikes on the AT

With only 17.5 miles of the AT in West Virginia and 40 miles in Maryland, these two states are known for being the smallest on the trail. Their small size...

Jul 26, 2017 : Colleen Goldhorn
God gives us a flip-flop!

God gives us a flip-flop!

They say "when you make plans, God laughs". Isn't that the truth?! There are countless things in our lives that have NOT gone according to plan. But we are human beings, not...

Jun 17, 2017 : KatBird & Trail