Everything you Need to Know About Maildrops on the Appalachian Trail

Maildrops are hard to wrap your mind around as you plan an Appalachian Trail thru-hike. Rest assured, you will figure out your system after a couple of maildrops. Click here for a downloadable PDF of this article: Maildrops list

You have two options for places to send yourself stuff along the way: town post offices and outfitters or hostels who allow maildrops.  All addresses and Post Office zip codes can be found in Awol’s A.T. Guide.
Maildrop pros and cons

Address mail going to post office as follows:

Hold for A.T. Hiker Real name (first and last)
General Delivery
City, State, Zip-9999
ETA: Give a few days’ range of when arrival is probable.
Have ID on hand when picking up!

Below is a list of maildrop locations with addresses and links. The number beginning each line is the northbound mile marker for your convenience. I have listed only 2 maildrop options per town where there are multiples, so consult your AWOL A.T. Guide for additional locations. When choosing which spots to list, I considered distance from trail, ease of accessibility, and cost if an expensive overnight is required for maildrop pickup. Click here to download a pdf of this list to your phone: Maildrops list   Cheers!

Appalachian Trail Maildrops List AppalachianTrailClarity

hostel icon21 – Suches, GAHiker Hostel PO Box 802 or 7693 Hwy 19N, Dahlonega, GA 30533.

buggy21 – Suches, GA – Wolfpen Gap Country Store open 7 days per week until 8:00, 6:00 on Sundays.  41 Wolf Pen Gap Rd, Suches, GA 30572

buggy32 – Neel GapMountain Crossings; 12471 Gainesville Hwy, Blairsville, GA 30512.
There is a $1 fee to pick up your package. Located right on the trail! Sweet!

hostel icon70 Hiawasee, GATop of Georgia Hostel 7675 US Hwy 76 East, Hiawassee, GA 30546. Maildrops for guests only. Located 1/2 mile from trail.  Guests get shuttles. 🙂

hostel icon70 Hiawasee, GABudget Inn 193 South Main Street, Hiawassee, GA 30546

post office jpg70 Hiawasse, GA – Post office zip 30546. Open Monday – Saturday.

hostel icon110 Franklin, NCHaven’s Budget Inn 433 East Palmer Street, Franklin, NC 28734

buggyBeer110 Franklin, NCOutdoor 76, 35 East Main Street, Franklin, NC 28734.
No charge for maildrops and good beer found here!

post office jpg110 Franklin, NC – Post office zip 28734 Open Monday-Saturday

hostel icon129 Nantahala Mountain Lodge 63 Britannia Dr, Aquone, NC 28781
Maildrops for guests only

buggyBeerhostel icon137 Nantahala Outdoor Center 13077 Hwy 19W, Bryson City, NC 28713.
Date and mark, “hold for AT Hiker”. The trail runs you RIGHT into NOC! Sweet!

hostel icon158 Paradise on the A.T., 259 Upper Cove Road, Robbinsville, NC 28771

post office jpg164 Fontana Village, NC – Post Office zip 28733. Very limited hours M-F.

hostel icon165 Fontana Dam, NC – Fontana Lodge, ATTN: Front Desk, 300 Woods Dr, Fontana Dam, NC 28733

hostel icon207 Gatlinburg, TNGrand Prix Motel, 235 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

buggy207 Gatlinburg, TNNOC Great Outpost, 1138 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

hostel icon241 Standing Bear Farm, 4255 Green Corner, Rd, Hartford, TN 37753
Only 0.1 of a mile off the A.T.

hostel icon274 Hot Springs, NCElmers Sunnybank Inn, PO Box 233, Hot Springs, NC 28743
The white blazes take you right next to Elmers. Sweet!

hostel icon274 Hot Springs, NCHostel at Laughing Heart Lodge, 289 NW Hwy 25/70, Hot Springs, NC 28743  The white blazes take you right next to Laughing Heart. Sweet!

post office jpg274 Hot Springs, NC – Post Office Zip 28743. Open Monday-Saturday.

buggy274 Hot Springs, NCBluff Mountain Outfitters, PO Box 114, Hot Springs, NC 28743
The white blazes take you right past this outfitter. Sweet!

hostel icon343 Erwin, TN Uncle Johnny’s Hostel and Outfitters, 151 River Road, Erwin, TN 37650
The white blazes will lead you straight to Uncle Johnny’s door.

post office jpg343 Erwin, TN – Post Office Zip 37650. Open Monday-Saturday.

hostel icon368 Greasy Creek GapGreasy Creek Hostel, 1827 Greasy Creek Rd, Bakersville, NC 28705

hostel icon393 Roan Mountain, TNMountain Harbour B&B – 9151 Hwy 19E, Roan Mountain, TN 37687. There is a $5 fee for non-guests. Three-tenths of a mile from the A.T.

post office jpg393 Roan Mountain, TN – Post office zip 37687. Open Monday through Saturday.

post office jpg393 Elk Park, NC – Post office zip 28622 Open Monday-Saturday, 2.4 miles from A.T.

hostel icon419 Hampton, TNKincora Hiking Hostel – 1278 Dennis Cove Road, Hampton, TN 37658. There is a $5 fee for non-guests. Located 0.3 of a mile from the A.T.

hostel icon419 Hampton, TNBlack Bear Resort – 1511 Dennis Cove Road, Hampton, TN 37658.
There is a $5 fee for non-guests. Located 0.4 of a mile off the A.T.

post office jpg419 Hampton, TN – Post office zip 37658. Open Monday-Saturday. 2.6 miles from AT

hostel icon469 Damascus, VA Woodchuck Hostel, PO Box 752 Damascus, VA 24236

buggy469 Damascus, VAMt. Rogers Outfitters, PO Box 546, or 110 West Laurel Ave, Damascus, VA 24236

post office jpg469 Damascus, VA – Post office zip 24236 Open Monday-Saturday. Located one block from the A.T.

**There are many other options for maildrops in the trail town of Damascus.  Consult page 53 of the 2016 AWOL guide for more options.

post office jpg518 Troutdale, VA – Post office zip 24378 Open Monday-Saturday but mornings only. Located pretty close to the Appalachian Trail.

hostel icon532 Marion, VA – Econo Lodge, 1420 North Main St, Marion, VA 24354

hostel icon532 Marion, VA – Travel Inn, 1419 North Main Street, Marion, VA 24354.
Guest maildrops only.

post office jpg532 Marion, VA – Post office zip 24354. Open Monday-Saturday

hostel icon543 Atkins, VA – Relax Inn, 7253 Lee Hwy, Rural Retreat, VA 24368
Guest maildrops only and 2 box limit

post office jpg543 Atkins, VA – Post office zip 24311 Open Monday – Saturday

post office jpg590 Bland, VA – Post office zip 24315. Open Monday – Saturday. Only 3 miles from the AT

buggy609 Bland, VA – Trent’s Grocery, 900 Wilderness Road, Bland, VA 24315.
Located 0.5 miles off the A.T.

hostel icon624 Pearisburg, VAWoods Hole Hostel, 3696 Sugar Run Rd, Pearisburg, VA 24134
Maildrops for guests only. Located 0.5 miles off trail. 

hostel icon635 Pearisburg, VA – Holiday Motor Lodge, 401 N. Main St, Pearisburg, VA 24134
Located about a mile off the A.T.

post office jpg635 Pearisburg, VA – Post office zip 24134 Open Monday-Saturday

hostel icon702 Catawba, VAFour Pines Hostel, 6164 Newport Rd, Catawba, VA 24070
Located 0.3 miles off trail.

buggy728 Daleville, VA Outdoor Trails Outfitter, Botetourt Commons, 28 Kingston Dr, Daleville, VA 24083. Located only 300 yards from the A.T.

post office jpg728 Daleville, VA – Post office zip 24083. Open Monday-Saturday.  Only 1.1 miles from the AT.

camping icon756 Buchanan, VAMiddle Creek Campground, 1164 Middle Creek Road, Buchanan, VA 24066. Guest maildrops only. Located 0.3 away from the A.T.

post office jpg784 Glasgow, VA – Post office zip 24555 Open Monday through Saturday

hostel icon806 Three Springs Hostel, 612 Wiggins Spring Road, Vesuvius, VA 24483

post office jpg806 Buena Vista, VA – Post office zip 24416. Open Monday-Friday

hostel icon862 Waynesboro, VA – Colony House Motel, 494 Three Notched Mt. Hwy, Waynesboro, VA 22980

post office jpg862 Waynesboro, VA – Post office zip code 22980. Open Monday – Saturday.

buggy941 Luray, VAAppalachian Outdoors Adventures – 2 West Main St, Luray, VA 22835

post office jpg941 Luray, VA – Post office zip 22835 Open Monday-Friday

hostel icon965 Front Royal Terrapin Station Hostel, 304 Chester Gap Road, Chester Gap, VA 22623. Guest maildrops only.  Located 0.5 miles from the Appalachian Trail

hostel icon970 Front Royal, VAQuality Inn, 10 Commerce Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630

hostel icon970 Front Royal, VA – Mountain Home Cabin, 3471 Remount Road, Front Royal, VA 22630

post office jpg970 Front Royal, VA – Post office zip 22630. Open Monday – Saturday

hostel icon1003 Bears Den Hostel – 18393 Blue Ridge Mountain Road, Bluemont, VA 20135. Located 0.2 miles off the A.T.

AT1023 Harpers Ferry, WV ATC Headquarters, PO Box 807 or 799 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV, 25425

hostel icon1023 Harpers Ferry, WVTeahorse Hostel, 1312 W. Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425  $2 fee for nonguests.  Less than a mile off trail.

post office jpg1023 Harpers Ferry, WV – Post office zip 25425.  The A.T. takes you right into town.

hostel icon1026 Knoxville, MDHarpers Ferry Hostel, 19123 Sandy Hook Rd, Knoxville, MD 21758

post office jpg1041 Boonsboro, MD – Post office zip 21713. Open Monday – Saturday.  Located 2.5 miles off the AT.

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