My buddy and I are Leaving for the AT next week, we have the gear, and are experienced campers/day hikers.
We are from southwest Ohio and I'm looking for recommendations for most enjoyable/closest start point for the AT. We will be taking 1 car and then I'll do research on shuttle/bus trips back to the start point.(transportation tips welcome though).
We'd like to hike more of a forest/kind of hilly part. But anything that's not mostly open plains is best. (I'm not sure how much of the trail is flat plains, but I've seen video of southern parts of the trail being fairly open.
Also, I'm hopig to do without a portable stove, and would prefer to just have a campfire each night, and food that doesn't need cooked. I will need to boil water for Raman noodles. So my last question is, is it legal/against trail rules (in the section you recommend) to have a campfire outside of designated firepits/shelters?
Thanks in advance!