The longtime champion of thru-hiking guides for 25 years!
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA) join their volunteer forces to produce the official guide especially designed for potential thru-hikers who want the basic information for a five- to six-month trek in the woods, at a reasonable price, but also want the adventure of finding out the extras for themselves. With professionally crafted elevation profiles, new maps, and redesigned tables for quick, at-a-glance planning. Updated each year by hikers volunteers with the latest Trail-town services, mileage, relocation, and shelter information.
Edited by Robert "Sly" Sylvester, with research by more than three dozen thru-hiker volunteers in 14 states, backed by the first-hand information of the Trail's volunteer and staff maintainers and managers. Still the only such guide written by volunteers for which all the proceeds are returned to the Trail by these two nonprofits!
Also available as part of the Thru-Hiker Starter Pack.
Twenty-fifth edition, 2017.
email@example.com (Submitted on Sep 18th 2018)
I plan all new section hikes from this book and copy the pages of the section to take on trail. Invaluable!
Ron McAdams ("Bucket") (Submitted on Jul 17th 2018)
I plan to do a section hike in September so wanted to get this updated version to make sure I know where all the latest hostels, lodging, food etc. are located along my trail route. I used this book from cover-to-cover during my 2012 thru-hike of the entire AT. It was very useful then. Elevation maps have been added since the, which makes it more useful. Thanks to ALDHA and ATC for keeping this booklet updated and available!
Unknown (Submitted on May 14th 2018)
Exactly as it is described
KevinH (Submitted on Apr 9th 2018)
This book has information that you just cannot find online. So many tips and tidbits that are crucial to a fulfilling hike. My only wish is that the Post Office information were more complete for family members who are supporting hikers from home. Getting PO details online is easy enough but the appendix has plenty of room to add bits of information like (a) distance from the trail and (b) mile numbers from which each PO can be accessed. Other than that, this book is near perfect.
Joel (Submitted on Apr 3rd 2018)
This book has is all. Saves a lot of wasted time thinking of solutions that don't work. Get the book.
Tim Case (Submitted on Feb 27th 2018)
Well written and full of important information whether you are a day, section, or thru hiker. This book has information the AWOL book does not and so I always purchase both before each section hike. Great town info!