NC's New Long Branch Shelter

long branch shelterThe Big Springs Gap Shelter on the Appalachian Trail (AT) was a heavenly respite for untold day-hikers, wanderers and thru-hikers.

The cozy shelter held its ground just north of Albert Mountain before many years of severe soil compaction and erosion caused its demise.

The shelter "had seen better days," So, as the sun was setting in the west ... we bade a fond farewell to our faithful friend that served us so well for so long. Soon, it will be dismantled.

In its place, we welcome the sturdily built Long Branch Shelter. Hot diggity dog. This sucker is built to outlast mice and men. Maybe even Cheetos.

The U.S. Forest Service formally announced the completion of the Long Branch Shelter, located in the Standing Indian Basin in the Nantahala National Forest.

Ranger Mike Wilkins of the Nantahala District's Nantahala National Forest said, "Thanks to a lot of hard work and donations from partners, hikers of the AT can now seek shelter from the elements in a new solid, timber-framed structure. Because it is so well-built, the Long Branch Shelter will serve AT hikers for decades to come."


Photo by Robert Sutherland

The shelter is located at the head of the Long Branch Drainage along the AT, a little more than two miles north of Forest Service Road 83, about 17 miles from Franklin, NC, an official Appalachian Trail Community.

Teamwork abounded:

Many thanks to one and all. Great job!

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Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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H on Mar 18, 2014
Is there a creek at this shelter?
Robert Sutherland on Apr 8, 2014
There is a water source, but I do not know if it is a creek.

Hope that helps.