Hiking the Appalachian Trail: What You Need to Know

Hiking the Appalachian Trail in GeorgiaA renowned destination for explorers everywhere, the Appalachian Trail is almost 2, 190 miles long and passes through 14 states, eight different national forests, and six national parks. When you take on the Georgia section of the trail, you’ll have 79 miles of both easy and challenging terrain for day hiking or multi-day hiking and backpacking. Almost half of this route in Georgia passes through designated wilderness, so you can expect that hiking the Appalachian Trail will be a peaceful and serene experience.

Tips For Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Whether you want to stroll a small section or are take on a long excursion, exploring this trail will be an adventure you’ll never forget! After your journey, book your stay at Glen-Ella Springs Inn where you can rest your tired muscles and completely unwind. Be sure to bring a camera and get ready for some incredible sights! Here are some tips and tricks for tackling the Appalachian Trail.

Gear, Gadgets, and Supplies

The equipment and clothing you will need for hiking the Appalachian Trail depends on the season, length, and location of your hike, but there are a few general rules that all hikers should follow. When it comes to clothing, always hope for the best weather, but pack for the worst! Be sure to layer your clothes so that you are able to stay warm and dry but can shed layers if you begin to sweat. Additionally, make sure your shoes fit well and are broken in. Nothing puts a damper on a hike quite like a nasty blister!

It’s also crucial that hikers pack some helpful gadgets that can get them out of a bind. A few necessary items include a map and compass, first-aid kit, whistle, sunglasses and sunscreen, and a garbage bag. If you plan on hiking overnight, be sure to add a fire starter, flashlight, and appropriate shelter to your list.

Everyone gets hungry and thirsty, and this is especially true when you’re hiking and burning a lot of energy. Snacks like dried fruit, nuts, and chocolate will help replenish your body in between meals. For longer trips, there are resupply stations along the trail where you can purchase food and restock. If you’re unsure about food packing, consult a “how-to” book for details on what to carry or talk to an experienced hiker.

Camping & Shelters

If you plan on backpacking the Appalachian Trail, you have two choices for overnight protection – staying in a shelter or pitching a tent. When camping, be sure to use a designated site so that you can reduce your impact on the environment and wildlife habitats, and can keep the Trail looking natural and pristine.

There are also more than 250 backcountry shelters located along the Trail for backpackers on a first-served basis. These are the best places to stay dry, as they have an overhanging roof, a wooden floor, and three walls. Keep in mind that they are quite small and are intended for individual hikers, not big groups.

Restore at Glen-Ella Springs Inn

After days (or maybe even weeks!) of exploring, treat yourself to some much-needed rest and relaxation at our luxurious Clarkesville bed and breakfast. You’ll experience total comfort and pampering and can reminisce about the incredible sights and memories you made on your trip! For more information on North Georgia hiking trails, download our free vacation guide.

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