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    Not a thru, but I remember doing a loop hike in...

    Not a thru, but I remember doing a loop hike in the Smokies with a friend in early March one year. On our way up to the AT, it was snowing the entire time and we were wading through a foot of powder...
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    Congrats! Kinda funny y'all saved the section...

    Congrats! Kinda funny y'all saved the section right next to home for last, but to each his own.

    I'm 10 years in and still a little over 800 miles to go...
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    As others have said, it's gonna be hot and buggy...

    As others have said, it's gonna be hot and buggy any time June through September in GA. Bring bug spray, plan to get up and start hiking early while it's cooler then take a siesta in the afternoon...
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    Never seen the movie, but my favorite parts of...

    Never seen the movie, but my favorite parts of the book are where Bryson goes on asides with factual information (and a healthy dose of sarcasm) on various aspects of the trail (e.g. the Forest...
  5. I'd park at the parking area off Hwy 61 in Port...

    I'd park at the parking area off Hwy 61 in Port Clinton (the train station and the baseball field are no longer available for AT parking). I parked there for a week last month with no issues.

    The...
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    This is excellent advice. In my experience the...

    This is excellent advice. In my experience the trail was really only shut down for a few months in spring 2020 while people figured out how the virus worked. Then people adapted and things got mostly...
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    Directly answering the question "How did COVID...

    Directly answering the question "How did COVID affect hiking this year?": In summary, COVID definitely affected my plans but I still managed to go out and enjoy myself. Except for in town you'd...
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    Just wanted to say thanks for this...

    Just wanted to say thanks for this recommendation! Carl shuttled me from NY 17 to DWG last weekend. He was very dependable and gave me a great rate.
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    Thanks everyone! Good to know that the rest of...

    Thanks everyone! Good to know that the rest of NY, CT, and MA aren't like that. I bet even the part of NY I hiked would have been more fun if the rocks hadn't been wet. There was just enough rain to...
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    Yeah, and down in TN where you are it was not...

    Yeah, and down in TN where you are it was not just the unleashed dogs hiking with their owners... it was also hunting dogs that were out on their own with their owners nowhere in sight. One time one...
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    Southern New York - Woah!

    Just finished a section hike from Port Clinton, PA to I-87 in New York (southern end of Harriman State Park). From what I'd read I thought the rocks would be worst in PA, then things would get a bit...
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    I just hiked through there last week. The park...

    I just hiked through there last week. The park office is indeed closed, but I think the parking lot is open. It is about 1/4 mile east on NJ 23 and there is a blue blaze that takes you from the...
  13. I've still got another 6 years or so left to...

    I've still got another 6 years or so left to finish the AT, but I've already started thinking about what could come next.

    The NC MST is right in my backyard and I'm already on my third time...
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    +1 for Homer and Gary - Homer returned me to...

    +1 for Homer and Gary - Homer returned me to Catawba from Glasgow and Gary returned me to Glasgow from Waynesboro. Both good guys and very dependable.

    I left my car at the US 501 trailhead near...
  15. 15 mpd, or about 100 mpw is about the max I can...

    15 mpd, or about 100 mpw is about the max I can sustain. I've had a few 18 mile days, but they always involve pushing through fatigue at the end of the day, followed by lower mileage the next day.
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    Yeah, I do day hikes in the summer but avoid...

    Yeah, I do day hikes in the summer but avoid backpacking for that very reason. I can hike faster without a pack and get 10-12 miles in before noon, then head home for lunch and an afternoon in the...
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    I did the BMT section through the Smokies several...

    I did the BMT section through the Smokies several years ago (before they started charging to camp overnight). You're right, it's odd that the trail just ends at Big Creek Campground. On the other...
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    You can "stealth camp" pretty much anywhere on...

    You can "stealth camp" pretty much anywhere on that section, except in Shenandoah NP. Water shouldn't be an issue.

    My recommendation: If you only need to do Harper's Ferry to Front Royal, just...
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    Sometimes it simply comes down to knowing the...

    Sometimes it simply comes down to knowing the trails in your local area. For example, I live in the Raleigh-Durham metro area with nearly 2 million people. I know the trails at the park near my house...
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    Good luck Gambit - hope you have a blast!

    Good luck Gambit - hope you have a blast!
  21. I was just out on segment 10 of the MST here in...

    I was just out on segment 10 of the MST here in Raleigh, NC yesterday. Saw one person in 4 hours.

    As far as backpacking, I'm still planning to do a section of the AT in northern PA and NJ in the...
  22. Don't know if this would work for you or not, but...

    Don't know if this would work for you or not, but there's the Loft Mtn Wayside and a reservable PATC cabin (Doyle's River) about halfway between Lewis Mtn and Waynesboro.
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    Can't believe no one's mentioned Standing Bear Farm yet...
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    I've been worried that these kinds of things...

    I've been worried that these kinds of things would start happening given the larger number of aspiring thru-hikers starting earlier and earlier in the year.

    If you're not well prepared,...
  25. My vote is #2. New England will be quite muddy...

    My vote is #2. New England will be quite muddy and buggy at that time (or so I've heard), and #1 will put you right in the middle of the thru-hiker bubble. Springer to 19E (slightly north of...
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