Posts Tagged With: Springer Mountain

How The Appalachian Trail Changed Who I Am

Reblogged from AshliLauryn . Original Post 10MAR2015.

I have heard a lot of people say that there isn’t much time for reflection during a thru hike. While I can somewhat agree with that, there is an undeniable shift in perception that comes along with an adventure that pushes you to your absolute mental and physical limits. The short amount of time that you do have to reflect adds up, and you begin to see the world anew…

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A bit of information on The Appalachian Trail

Contour & Whoopi

Map of the AT going through all 14 states. (Source: Wikipedia)

My hearing dog Whoopi and I are endeavoring to hike the 2,183+ mile trail next year to raise funds for Canine Companions for Independence. I’m sure that some would like a little bit of history about the Appalachian Trail (also known as the A.T.), so here goes!


The AT is one of the longest continuous footpaths in the world, and was conceived and started in the 1920’s by Benton MacKaye. It was completed by Myron Avery and the Civilian Conservation Corp by 1937. Today, the trail starts on Springer Mountain in Georgia and travels nearly 2,200 miles along the Appalachian mountains through 14 states to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is marked by a single white 6 inch by 2″ white blaze that is painted at intervals all along the trail on trees, posts, and rocks.

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GA – NC Severe Storm Damage

The recent winter storms have left the area from Springer Mountain, GA through Tellico Gap, NC and on to Newfound Gap in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with severe damage.  Trails are washed out and numerous trees have been uprooted.  The tops of trees have also been broken off.  These broken trees pose a special danger called “Widow Makers”, limbs or tree trunks hung up in another tree which can fall unpredictably upon hikers passing below.  Please exercise extreme caution while hiking in these areas.

Broken Tree Tops Near Springer Mountain

Tellico Gap Damage

Tellico Gap Damage

Downed Trees Near NOC Wesser, NC

Downed Trees Near NOC Wesser, NC

Downed Trees In Nantahala River Near NOC Wesser, NC

Downed Trees In Nantahala River Near NOC Wesser, NC


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Alerts And Notices

Trail-Wide Alerts and Notices From The Appalachian Trail Conservancy – Includes AT Shelter Changes, Vandalism, Special Requirements, Etc.

Governmental Alerts And Notices That Affect Trails Within Our Primary Service Area

Listed From South To North

Chattahoochee – Oconee National Forest – Basically the area from Springer Mountain to Dick’s Creek Gap / Hiawassee, GA

Nantahala National Forest – Begins around Bly Gap at the GA/NC state line and extends to Fontana Dam, NC /Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Quick Tip: One of our most requested destinations, Deep Gap, will not be accessible this year from 02JAN2015 to/thru 01APR2015.  Some years the gates are opened on April 1st, other years on the 2nd.  Verify before planning a trip there.

Weather Alerts For The Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Official Information From The GSMNP – Includes road and facility closure information in addition to weather information.  Encompasses the area from Fontana Dam, NC to Davenport Gap at the NC/TN state line.

Road Closures In Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Specifically about road closures in the GSMNP.  Intended for Twitter users but accessible to anyone online.

Ever wonder why Clingman’s Dome road is closed every year from December thru March?  This is part of the reason, and it is still early in the winter.  National Park crews also do repairs and road/hillside clearing during that time period.

Clingman's Dome Road Entrance - FEB 2015

Clingman’s Dome Road Entrance – FEB 2015

Entrance – FEB 2015

Cherokee National Forest –  On the Northwest side of the AT beginning near Big Creek Ranger Station / Davenport Gap at the NC/TN state line.  Extends almost to Damascus, VA.  Abuts the Western boundary of Pisgah National Forest and includes Erwin, TN and Laurel Fork Gorge.  Page includes weather information link.

Pisgah National Forest – On the Southeast side of the AT beginning near the Big Creek Ranger Station / Davenport Gap at the NC/TN state line.  Includes the Hot Springs, NC, Big Bald, Spivey Gap, and Roan Mountain areas.  Does not include the town of Roan Mountain which is in the Cherokee National Forest.  Ends near Twin Springs a few miles before you get to US-19(E).  Also includes a portion of the Mountains-To-Sea trail, part of the Art Loeb Trail, and part of the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC

Grayson Highlands State Park – Near Mt. Rogers and Whitetop Mountains.  Lies within Jefferson National Forest.

Jefferson and George Washington National Forest(s) – Damascus, VA past Reeds Gap almost to Rock Fish Gap, VA.


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