I have been hiking the Appalachian Trail in a series of linear sections since starting in Georgia in October 2000. With a wife, family, and a mortgage, the 20-year plan is the best option available to me to complete the A.T. This fall, I plan to hike the next section of this journey, starting at the Bear Mountain Bridge and finishing at Bulls Bridge Road, CT.
For the past 6 years, I have been incredibly blessed to be accompanied on these trips by several friends. There are usually 4 - 6 of us in all. Some of the others hike with me, but often some of them choose instead to camp in the area, nearby or immediately beside the A.T. They assist those of us who are backpacking with drop-off and pick-up, and responding to any urgent situations that arise (i.e. on our June trip, one of the guys backpacking injured his ankle and had to be picked up early while the rest of us continued). They also like to provide a "rest area" for hikers, providing a place to sit, a soda or Gatorade to drink, and maybe a bite to eat. They have done this at numerous spots along the trail since middle Virginia. We affectionately call these guys our "B-Team."
On the June trip, when we were hiking from Branchville, NJ to Bear Mountain Bridge, NY, B-Team had an exceptionally difficult time finding a place to camp and a place to set up their "rest area" for hikers. Ultimately, they ended up having their "rest area" and hiker feed at the parking area along Arden Valley Road, and camped at a state park several miles away. It was less than ideal, but it worked. Lots of hikers consumed lots of pancakes, sausage, etc.
Since it is now evident to us that finding a good spot for B-Team to camp near the Trail is a bit more challenging in this part of the country than we encountered previously, I wanted to check to see if any folks more familiar with this area could offer any guidance as to suitable spots to consider for the October trip. In the past they have set up in National Forest land, State Forest land, State Parks, and a National Park. Ultimately, all they need is a legal and reasonably safe place to park a vehicle (maybe 2), hang a couple of hammocks, and set up a tarp and a few chairs. Thanks in advance for any helpful suggestions that you may can provide.