By Robert "Sly" Sylvester

The 2014 Appalachian path 'Thru Hikers' significant other is a brilliant asset for any through hiker or capability thruhiker. additionally worthy in making plans shorter journeys or day hikes The significant other has the newest information at the Appalachian path. The Appalachian path Conservancy and the Appalachian lengthy Distance Hikers organization collaborate every year on a consultant specially designed for capability thru-hikers who wish the elemental details for a 5- to six-month trek within the woods, at a cheap rate, but additionally wish the journey of checking out the extras for themselves. Edited by way of Robert "Sly" Sylvester, with examine by way of greater than 3 dozen thru-hiker volunteers in 14 states, sponsored via the first-hand info of the Trail's volunteer and employees maintainers and executives and wide info from the 2014 A.T.

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S. C. S. T. com>, an outdoor-adventure center with many services for backpackers; call ahead for shuttles. T. crosses a pedestrian bridge over the Nantahala River.  Lodging: NOC, office hours Nov–Feb 9–5, Mar– May 8–5, Jun–Aug 8–9, Sep–Oct 8–5; Internet access; after hours, go to Base Camp, a winterized hostel that may be full on weekends, $17 for bunk space; motel rooms winter rates $54–$79 ($80 Mar 1). NOC Nantahala Inn, winter rates $74– $84 ($109 Mar 1), satellite TV, pets in two rooms only, cabins $109– $189 with cleaning fee.

Bear cables. T. down a steep side trail. 3 mile beyond the shelter. Low Gap Shelter (1953)—Sleeps 7. Privy. Bear cables. Water source is crossed at the shelter; a second source can be found 30 yards in front of the shelter. 36 Baggs Creek Gap Cowrock Mountain 37 348 Tesnatee Gap, Ga. 348 38 348 Whitley Gap Shelter Hogpen Gap 39 White Oak Stamp 40 Poor Mountain Chattahoochee Gap—A blue-blazed side trail leads east to Chattahoochee Spring, source of the Chattahoochee River, which supplies drinking water to Atlanta and almost half of the state’s population.

Groceries: Bluff Mountain Outfitters and Hillbilly Market (both long-term resupply); L&K’s Deli (short-term resupply); Hot Springs Camp Store (short-term resupply).  Restaurants: Smoky Mountain Diner, B/L/D; ArtiSun Gallery, (828) 622-3573, expresso bar, home-baked goods, Ultimate ice cream, wine bar, free WiFi.  Outfitter: Bluff Mountain Outfitters, 152 Bridge St. O. com>; owners, Dan Gallagher and Wayne Crosby; a full-service outfitter with fax service, ATM, Internet access, shuttle; mail drops accepted; ships UPS and FedEx packages.

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