Thru-Hikers' Companion

Every fall or early winter, a new edition of the A.T. Thru-Hikers' Companion—one of Appalachian Trail Conservancy's best-selling books—is published to update hikers on changes in mileages and facilities after the summer work and relocation season. Current editions can be ordered from the  Ultimate A.T. Store or by calling 1-888-AT STORE (888-287-8673)

The Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers’ Companion, a collaboration between the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA) and ATC, takes a south-to-north perspective of the Trail and details extensive information (and maps) on town services along the Trail. It also has advice on getting to (and from) the termini and some basic reference material (post-office list, mileages, elevation, etc.). While the point of view of the Companion is that of thru-hikers, this book has proven over more than 15 years its value to section-hikers as well.

Updates to the 2014 edition, published in December 2013, are outlined here. Please send suggested changes and corrections to [email protected].


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Gainesville to Amicalola Falls State Park: Transportation
UNITAXI has been removed from the ATC Shuttle Listing.

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Dick's Creek Gap: Lodging

Top of Georgia Hostel & Hiking Center, 706-982-3252 / [email protected],
Opens March 1. Easy 0.5W from Dicks Creek Gap. Bunkroom with shower & towel $20. Overflow tenting $10pp includes shower. Shuttles to Hiawassee 3X a day free to overnight guests; Shuttles to/from other locations for a fee. Frozen foods, ice cream, sodas and resupply on-site, including fuel. Hot dinner - $10; breakfast items, smoothies, and fresh bread available for purchase. Laundry $5/load. Computer/internet/long distance phone (free). AT Passport stamp location. Guest maildrops: 7675 US Hwy 76 E, Hiawassee, GA 30546

North Carolina

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Franklin: Lodging
We Blew Inn
(Hiker Hostel for Thru-Hikers), Rides coordinated through Outdoor76 from various trail locations. Book in advance on Airbnb or Couchsurfing. Shared living space, per bed - $39-$59/night. Tent camping, per tent - $29-$39/night include shared common areas in cabin. [email protected], (828) 761-1552

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

No additions or corrections at this time.

North Carolina and Tennessee Border

No additions or corrections at this time.


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Southwest Virginia

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Hurricane Mountain Shelter: Elevation

Elevation should read 3,400 feet, not 4,300 feet.

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Atkins: Lodging

Comfort Inn: Double room - $69.99 plus tax; king room - $79.99 plus tax. This rate is for 1 to 2 people; each additional person is $10.00. Tax - 10.3%.

CENTRAL Virginia

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US 60 and Hog Camp Gap: Lodging

Three Springs Hostel. Call from U.S. 60 or Hog Camp Gap for free pick-up/slacking with stay, (434) 922-7069. Bunk room $20PP, camping $6PP, showers w/o stay $3. Meals, B/D $8-$12; parking $3 per day. Canister gas and fuel by the ounce; trout pond. Other shuttles available; mail drops accepted to: c/o Three Springs Hostel, 612 Wiggins Springs Road, Vesuvius, VA 24483

Shenandoah National Park

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Northern Virginia

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Ashby Gap, VA: Outfitter
Appalachian Outdoor Readiness& Essentials, 198 N 21st ST STE B Purcellville, VA. 20132. Full Service Outfitter; Delivery to points between Ashby Gap and Harpers Ferry.  
(540) 338-2437


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Boonsboro: Restaurant

Dan’s Restaurant and Tap House, 3 South Main St., (301) 432-5224. Monday thru Saturday – 11 til close. Sunday – Noon til close. Reservations recommended on weekends.

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Boonsboro: Lodging

Inn BoonsBoro, 1 North Main St., (301) 432-1188. Rooms start at $225.


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Hamburg: Lodging

Microtel Inn accepts packages sent to: 50 Industrial Drive, Hamburg, PA 19526. Ask for hiker rate. (610) 562-4234

p. 126 (mileage chart), p. 142 (profile), p. 143 (text): Update
Kirkridge Shelter: No water
The water line to the spigot that served as the water source for the Kirkridge Shelter is broken; no water is available at this shelter. (4/16/2014)

New Jersey

No additions or corrections at this time.

New York

Page 154: Correction
In the data table for the Greenwood Lake Vista Trail/Greenwood Lake Village feature, until further determination, the mileage from Katahdin should be 8.19.5, and from Springer Mtn. 1,365.8


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Stratton Mountain: Maildrop and other services

First Run Ski Shop holds packages for hikers. Address for UPS is 9 D Village Lodge Road, Stratton Mountain VT 05155; USPS address is 5 Village Lodge Rd. Also available: apparel, footwear accessories, snacks, misc. repair kits, 10% thru-hiker discount on non-sale merchandise. White gas available in summer. Phone: (802) 297-4321

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Vt. 103: Meals
W--0.5 mile to Restaurant: Qu's Whistle Stop,(802) 772-7012, Sun 8am-3pm, M,Tu 7am-3pm, Th-Sa 7am-7pm, closed W. Breakfast menu, burgers, wraps, and dinner menus that will include meatloaf and roast turkey with stuffing, fried haddock and steak tips, sandwiches from the grill, ice cream service in the former caboose will resume in the summer months, homemade pies and gluten free items.

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West Hartford: Groceries
West Hartford Village Store is closed.

New Hampshire

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Glencliff: Post Office

Weekday hours have been reduced to 12 - 2 Monday through Friday. Weekend hours remain Sat. 7-1


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Another favorite, the Appalachian Trail Data Book, is a compilation of less than 100 pages of distances between major landmarks drawn from all 11 official A.T. guides. It is a favorite among section hikers to track their distances and, because it is updated every year, it is a useful tool to verify map information. Resembling a 20th-century railroad timetable with cumulative mileages on either side of the page, it has a north-to-south orientation. It is an essential aid in planning A.T. trips and is the source each December for the new official mileage of the Trail. Current editions can be ordered from the Ultimate A.T. Store or by calling 1-888-AT STORE (888-287-8673)