Dan "Wingfoot" Bruce is, do not doubt it, the #1 expert on the
Appalchian Trail today. Having hiked it 7 times, and as the author of the
he knows his stuff. His website, Appalachian Trailplace,
is probably the single best source of information on web about the Appalchian Trail.
His site is definitely targeted at thru-hikers, though it is quite helpful to people
hiking shorter distances, too. People planning a thru-hike should absolutely
sign up for the Appalchain
Trail Mailing List. I subscribe.
Applachian Trail Homepage
Kathy Bilton has maintained this website
before there was a single other AT-related site on the web. It's not the most
glamorous, nor is it the most interactive, but it's updated quite frequently, and always
gets you the info that you need.
The Appalachian Trail Conference
The ATC is the group that maintains the Appalchian Trail, takes care of the legal
and political side of things, and is, for all intents and purposes, the governing
body of the AT. Located in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, their headquarters are
known as the "psychological half-way point of the AT".
The Utimate Trail Store
They're getting a little ahead of themselves with the name, but they do sell
a good amount of AT-related stuff. This site is most useful for
and guidebooks. But skip their thru-hikers' guide and go with
The Kushmans Hike the AT
The Kushmans hiked the AT from Georgia to Harper's Ferry in 1996, carrying a Zaurus
palmtop and updating a journal. As they started hiking about a month before me, they
were technically the first folks to hike with a computer. But some would argue that their
system wasn't really a computer. Personally, I'm not sweating it. :)
Linda and Ron Moak's 1977 Southbound
This is an very well-done web site that documents the Moaks' trip from Maine to Georgia.
Each day there is a journal entry from each, giving two different perspectives on the day.
The International AT is an extension to the AT that runs from Mt. Katahdin to
the northern end of the Appalachian mountain chain, where the mountains run directly
down into the Atlantic Ocean in Quebec.