Appalachian Trail 2017


This page is dedicated to all those who plan to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2016.  Information includes a list of 2017 AT blogsthru-hiker marketplacegear lists, and more. If there is anything that I have overlooked, or that you would like to see included on this page, please e-mail me at

I also suggest to bookmark this page as I will be updating it with more information.

Check out the Appalachian Trail 2014, and Appalachian Trail 2015, Appalachian Trail 2016 pages too.

To stay informed about news surrounding the AT, subscribe to the Appalachian Trials Newsletter.

If you’re thinking of thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2017 or will be following closely the thru-hike of a loved one, you should check out Appalachian Trials.  It’s the only resource to help hikers with the mental/emotional portion of thru-hiking the AT – the most difficult aspect of the trail.

List of 2017 Appalachian Trail Blogs / Websites

If you are planning on thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2017 and would like your blog included on this list, please e-mail me at theGoodBadgergmailcom.

– Check out the Appalachian Trials Bloggers

Coming soon…

Thru-Hiker Partner Marketplace

Either leave a comment at the bottom of this page or Tweet with the hashtag “#AT2017” to be listed below.

Also check out the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Class of 2017 Facebook Page to find others who are leaving the same time as you!

Appalachian Trail Articles and Resources

The Thru-Hiker’s Code of Conduct

How to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail: A 101 Guide

Our Recommended AT thru-hiker gear list

– Check out our Advice, Gear and Inspiration articles.

– The Best Towns to Send Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail

– How many mail drops should you send on the Appalachian Trail?

A Guide to Sending Mail Drops on the Appalachian Trail

The AT Guide vs. The Thru-Hiker’s Companion

How to Avoid Contracting Norovirus

How to Pick Your Big 3 (Sleeping Bag, Shelter, and Pack)

How to Preserve and Maintain Your Backpacking Gear

– How old is too old to hike the Appalachian Trail?

– How to keep your iPhone charged on the Appalachian Trail

– Lyme Disease on the Appalachian Trail

3 Actual Threats on the Appalachian Trail

11 Black Bear Safety Tips

– Pre-Appalachian Trail Anxiety

– My Appalachian Trail Gear List

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker’s Gear List

–  215 Summit Photos from 2014 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Nervous About Your Upcoming Thru-Hike? Good.

– Appalachian Trail Angels and Trail Magic

– The Virginia Blues

– Dealing With Challenges on the Trail

– Hiking the Appalachian Trail with a Dog

– Warning Signs that You Might Be Hiker Trash

– Hiking the Appalachian Trail Alone

The Best Appalachian Trail Videos

The Best Appalachian Trail Books

– 28 Damn Good Reasons to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

– 6 Advantages of Being A Section Hiker

– SOBO vs. NOBO Thru Hikers: The Tiny Differences & The Immense Similarities

4 Reasons to Hike SOBO

– 10 Tips on How To Stay Warm While Winter Backpacking

– The 5 Most Common Injuries on the Appalachian Trail – And How to Avoid Them

A 2014 Thru-Hiker’s Before and After Gear List

A Thru-Hiker’s Guide to the AMC Hut System

– How to Make Your Own Esbit Stove

– 13 Reasons Why You Should Take Time Off Of College to Thru-Hike the Appalachian Trail

Eating Gluten Free on the Appalachian Trail

How to Avoid Weight Gain After Your Thru-Hike

– Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

Recommended Books

– Appalachian Trials

– AWOL’s AT Guide (2017 version not available yet)

– A Walk in the Woods

Where’s the Next Shelter?

– How to Hike the AT

AWOL on the AT

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk

Becoming Odyssa

Called Again

Ultimate Hiker’s Gear Guide

Stumbling Thru

– The Barefoot Sisters Southbound

(Non AT related)

– A New Earth (Audiobook)

Appalachian Trail Hostels

(From South to North)

Top of Georgia Hostel in Hiawassee, GA

– The Blueberry Patch in Hiawassee, GA

– Serenity Chalet (two miles out of the NOC)

– Aquone Hostel in Nantahala Forest, NC

– The Cabin in the Woods at Stecoah Gap, NC 143

– Standing Bear Farm at Green Corner Rd, TN

– Elmer’s Sunnybank Inn in Hot Springs, NC

– Uncle Johnny’s Nolichucky Hostel in Erwin, TN

Greasy Creek Friendly in Bakersville, NC

Mountain Harbour B&B in Roan Mountain, TN

Roan Mountain B&B in Roan Mountain, TN

Bob Peoples’ Kincora Hostel in Hampton, TN

– Woodshole Hostel at Sugar Run Gap, VA

– Bears Den Hostel & Trail Center in Bears Den Rocks, VA

– Brook Falls Farm, in Middleville, NJ

– Green Mountain House in Manchester Center, VT

– White Mountain Lodge & Hostel in Gorham, NH

E-mail me at [email protected] to be listed here (please include a link to your hostel)

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Gear

This section is dedicated to helping you find the right gear including tips on how to save money.

Check out the template Appalachian Trail thru-hiker gear list.  We also have a host of articles full of great gear advice.

Steep and Cheap offers the best discounts.

The Clymb also has some awesome daily gear deals.

If you live near an REI, definitely check out their Garage Sales.  You won’t find better deals anywhere.  If you don’t want wake up before the sun to score this cheap gear, be sure to check out their online Garage.  We also share worthwhile gear deals on the Appalachian Trials Newsletter, if you’re not already subscribed.

Stay in the Know

Join the Appalachian Trials Facebook Page and the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers Class of 2017 Facebook Page (your community) to stay current on any updates to this page and all other things dealing with the 2016 Appalachian Trail.  If there’s anything else you’d like to see on this page, let me know!  We can make it happen.

And this is awesome…


Green Tunnel from Kevin Gallagher on Vimeo.


What else would you like to see on this page? Let me know by dropping me a note at theGoodBadgergmailcom.