Next weekend I will be doing a three day trip starting from Harper's Ferry. This is my first time doing miles on the AT, so I am hoping some of you may help me with some of my questions/concerns. Right now the plan is to find a place to park my car in Harper's Ferry and hike up to either Crampton Gap Shelter or Rocky Run Shelter(depending on which one I can get to Saturday night) and hike back to my car Sunday night or Monday morning.
My first problem is where to stay Friday night. I am driving up after work and it will take me about three hours to get there(I'm in southern Maryland). By the time I get there and depending on traffic around DC, I won't have much daylight left to play with. Will there be any problems finding a place to camp out for that first night?
The other problem is the water situation. I see that everything is drying up and water is a big concern on the AT right now. Does anyone know if I will be able to find any water sources on this portion of the trail? If there isn't any, I have 3L and 2L camelback's that I can drag with me, as well as a nalgene bottle. Will that be enough water for a 2+ day hike or do I need to bring even more? Thanks in advance.