How do people normally go about doing short legs of the AT?

How do people normally go about doing short legs of the AT? Not everybody has a spare six months to take off from work, so there's got to be people who do a few days to a week at a time. Would you just park your car near an entry point, exit somewhere further along and take a bus back, or is there a better way?
Bonus round: argue autistically over what stretch of the AT is the most enjoyable.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Have someone drop you off and pick you up.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      How do I find someone willing to drive a day just to pick me up once i get further down?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >how will I find friends

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          That's a serious question when you're on the AT with people who are just like you without transportation.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Uber

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Hitchhiking

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This information can easily be found online. Just search "Appalachian Trail section hike transportation" and you will find the info you need

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This is correct. There are a lot of people who offer shuttle services around the AT, from legit companies to just some guy on Facebook. It can be pricey though. The shuttle I took from one end of GSMNP to the other was $225, and that was years ago. It’s a two hour drive and a pretty popular destination.

      I wouldn’t rely on hitchhiking. I mean the rape/torture would be ok, but it’s just that it’s so unreliable.

      The logistics are always a little tougher than nearby weekend getaways. I personally like to book a hotel for the drive home. My hammock is nice, but a bed is obviously better. Plus you have a chance to shower.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >My hammock is nice
        What if you don't find two trees close enough together?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Bait or moron? It could honestly go either way on this board.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >a hotel for the drive home
        Do you mean before you hitch back to your car, or do you get to the car, drive to a hotel closeby and then make the trip back the following day? Either way I'm sure getting to rinse a week of trail dust and sweat off before a long drive would make a world of difference.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I don’t hitchhike. The logistics just don’t seem like they’d work out. I’ve used shuttles a few times.

          It would probably make more sense to hitchhike before you hike, then walk back to your car. For one thing, it’s kind of rude to stink up someone’s vehicle. That’s just common sense. But also you won’t look homeless right when you arrive. Also your shoes and clothing won’t be encrusted with filth.

          I stay in a hotel if the drive is more than four hours. Going that far then hiking isn’t too bad, but hiking for several days then driving isn’t as fun.

          The furthest I’ve driven for a hike is 9 hours, and that’s to a national park that requires permits and staying in designated sites. If I’d left at 5, I’d arrive at 2 and have to hike 12 miles to the first site. The same was pretty much true for the last day. That’s pretty rushed, so for that trip I stayed in a hotel both before and after.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Damn, you did say you do the shuttle thing; my bad. Not everywhere will have a shuttle service though, so an alternative would have to be found. Good idea on shuttling away from your vehicle and using it as an end point; I'll keep that in mind.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >Not everywhere will have a shuttle service though
              I dunno. This list looks pretty complete to me:
              https://thetrek.co/appalachian-trail/accessing-the-appalachian-trail-shuttles-buses-taxis/

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It's called section hiking. Hitching around the trail is super easy. Just hike your section then hitch back to the car. I met people on the AT who were hiking it one week a year!

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Cool, thanks. I'm in PA and think it'd be cool to do the local stretch, maybe go down south at a later time when I have a bunch of vacation saved up

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        ACK there's so many better trails you could do nearby that are not the AT
        There's beautiful stretches of the mid-state trail or the susquehannock trail you could do.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Know of any good entry points for them? I asked about the AT because it's more well-known but I'll take a week in the woods regardless of the direction of travel.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            yes!
            I'd have to look up the exact details, but two parts I like are the bald eagle state forest, you can enter near the spring

            omg finally found it:

            https://pabucketlist.com/exploring-indian-wells-overlook-in-centre-county/

            ok there's a NICE campsite at this overlook and also check out the alan seeger old growth area below it, if you hurry you can catch some awesome rhododendron blooms in the valley

            but yeah that's a nice part of the mid state trail and there's surrounding state forest you could link up a longer route with

            but my #1 pick it sand run falls, the water levels are low so it will be a LOT easier, but there's mid state trail along babb creek near arnot pa there's three different points you could park at and hike to the main waterfall and then you could just stay on the mid state trail for a few days or find connecting trails, there's tons, you could get lost in the tioga state forest there for weeks its pretty remote
            babb creek is gorgeous

            also hammersley wild area, its wilderness, so the trails are in shitty shape except the main trail to the main overlook, you park on a dirt road and take the twin sisters trail from the north end 2 mi each way, you could take the entire 10 mi twin sisters trail down to the main road but its pretty overgrown after the overlook and it does connect into loops through the nearby hollers and there's a semi-famous swimming hole along hammersley fork there and the susquehannock trail is routed through that area so you could hop onto that for a more long distance route

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Fukken' saved. Thanks anon; I'll give you a fist bump if I see you out there.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    REEEEEEEEEEE
    there are SO MANY COOL TRAILS within 200 mi of the appalachian trail that you are missing
    >but those are harder to resupply
    do you want the BEST things to look at, or the most popular, longest trail?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >thread about logistics
      >”no do these other trails instead”
      wut?

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        carry your own shit and do shorter out and back sections to more interesting shit
        the romanticism of thru hiking is nice but there's more interesting things to be seen

        if anons are looking for something to fill a few days to a week there's better ways than just doing the appalachian trail

        spend a week here:
        https://www.kentuckyhiker.org/pine-mountain

        maybe you have to put a weird ad on craigslist to ask for a ride, maybe you call a local store like a coffee shop and ask if an employee could do it for 100$, get creative

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You’ve never traveled far from home and it shows. I’m not going to drive across a few states just to do short out and backs.

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >I’m not going to drive across a few states just to do short out and backs
            Maybe he's not some autist who spends his entire vacation going hiking day after day after day after day. Doing a few shorter out-and-back hikes in another state isn't abnormal or a waste of time if you're a normal person who also does other activities on his trips.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Imagine never going on a grand hiking adventure. Fricking lame, dude.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                What's lame is doing the same activity every single day with no variety. Especially when that activity is nothing more than putting one foot in front of another.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I also drink excessive amounts of alcohol while I walk

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I didn't even MEAN that. You can absolutely do the same exactly trail for a week if you want, WITHOUT doing the Appalachian trail, or you can break it up into a couple different overnights, or just travel around by car and do out and back stuff. There's lots of ways to do with without involving the Appalachian trail and so much prettier stuff to see just west of it.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Well how would you do transportation for those other trails that aren't loops?

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        This is exactly why people do sections of popular trails. Getting to and from the trail is made possible by shuttles and even transit in some places.

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    MA-CT-NY-PA sections are not even worth doing
    I would just do ME, VT, NH, skip over to Adirondack in NY if you want to do something in NY, do PA wilds instead of AT, then continue down in VA, NC, and GA

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Wish i had the money to just get up and walk the whole way. Hate myself for not investing in bitcoin 12 years ago. I could have been a millionaire and comfortably lived doing nothing but hiking and collecting rocks

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Well the military-industrial-complex is ramping up since everyone wants to kill each other, so you could still get some Lockheed stocks and sit on them. Barring that I'd say start buying lotto tickets, kek

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Im going to off myself the moment ww3 starts. Genuinely done with this body. Maybe ill get reincarnated into another world like those animes say...

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If you can't take a 6 months off of work your life is meaningless

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'd argue that if you have so little in your life that you can just frick off for six months it has less meaning

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