The longtime champion of thru-hiking guides for more than a quarter-century!
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 hiker 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.
Unknown (Submitted on Mar 28th 2020)
Great info, very small print is difficult too read.
Unknown (Submitted on Feb 20th 2020)
Although I'm just a section hiker, I have found this guide very helpful. The elevation profiles, shelter descriptions, water source info, and Trail town profiles are indispensable. To the authors I say THANK YOU!
Unknown (Submitted on Feb 17th 2020)
Has detail needed to plan your thru hike. Really good place to start - but be sure to check each lodging place before committing - This book gave me where to look but I have already found 2 places that are closed or closing before this year's group comes through.
Mike (Submitted on Jan 17th 2020)
This has great information and provides templates to use for preparing for your AT Thru-Hike.