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The Mystique of Wood’s Hole Hostel ~ An Appalachian Trail Treasure

Wood's Hole Hostel near the Appalachian Trail in Virginia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Wood’s Hole Hostel is a mystical and almost mythical haunt favored by Appalachian Trail hikers. Anyone looking for a hot meal and a shelter near Pearisburg, VA — just a jiffy jaunt from where the AT crosses Sugar Run Gap Road about 621 miles up the Trail from Springer Mountain — will be welcome to […]

North Georgia’s Hiker Hostel is Operated by Saints

The Hiker Hostel near Dahlonega, GA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The amount of preparation that wanna-be Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hikers put into their treks ranges from “none” to “years of obsession” to “a lifetime of hoping and planning.”  It’s almost comical, however, how many hikers make it all the way to Atlanta before they realize their northbound hike actually begins far, far away at a […]

Solution to Appalachian Trail Overcrowding: Trail ID Cards

ID card

Overcrowding on the Appalachian Trail is an issue we can no longer ignore.  We’ve heard that one attempt to manage the crowds will be a Trail ID system. On one recent night on the Trail, there were reports of more than 135 people camped at a shelter designed for roughly 10% of that number of hikers. […]

Pictures from Dahlonega Trail Fest 2015

Elliot Sperin from Habersham County, GA playing a left-handed banjo at Dahlonega Trail Fest 2015 ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

And a good time was had by all … at Dahlonega Trail Fest 2015, a mountain or eleven away from the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain. The fun began on Thursday night with a rousing round of trivia at a local pub.  Friday had music and a movie in the park. Saturday […]