Trail Shelters: Along the Appalachian Trail
Whether you’re embarking on the famous wilderness sojourn from Georgia to Maine or looking for a smaller-scale backpacking trip with less mileage along the Appalachian Trail, you can get by without a tent. More than 250 backcountry shelters, maintained by volunteers, are dispersed along the trail and are stationed at varying intervals. (Typically, they average about eight miles apart, but some are as far as 30 miles away from one another). The three-sided lean-to shelters along with huts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are bookended by the Black Gap Shelter in Georgia and the Birches Shelter in Maine. The West Mountain Shelter in Rockland, New York, is a worthy stop, facing the Hudson River with a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline.