Simply put, Southern Ruck is an Appalachian Trail Get-Together held every year at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Wesser, North Carolina, held over the long MLK Day weekend.
A better description would be ... it's kind of like Woodstock for hikers, without all the mud, zillions of hungry hippies, insanely loud rock music and nowhere to eat or piddle.
As you can probably tell, I have never personally attended it, but I might make it this year.
Nantahala Outdoor Center is best known for white-water rafting, tubing, riverside dining and as the site of the annual Founders Bridge Appalachian Trail Festival held there each spring.
NOC is a very cool place. Unique too. It's on a river where the Appalachian Trail runs through it.
Everything comes together perfectly (probably) at Southern Ruck.
If you get there by 8 PM on Friday night you'll be treated to a showing of Hard Way Home by Kori Feener. That's a great reason to attend Southern Ruck right there.
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The Northern Ruck is a gathering of distinguished hikers cheering the Appalachian Trail Class of 2016 on to victorious thru-hikes of the AT.
Southern & Northern Appalachian Trail Rucks are scheduled for January 2017, where hikers eat, hike, sleep & laugh at other people's gear. You'll love it!
You can hike the entire Appalachian Trail through the wilderness or you can drive from town to town partying at fun Appalachian Trail events. Choose wisely.
The more the merrier! You're sure to be welcomed by those who love the AT at any of the 2017 Appalachian Trail events from Georgia to Maine!
Enjoy an afternoon celebrating the Trail at 2016 Appalachian Trail Events.