View Full Version : Brown Fork Gap Shelter

08-21-2003, 22:28
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11-28-2003, 01:32
I enjoyed staying at Brown Fork when I did the NOC --> Fontana section. The only thing I didn't like was the "moat" that separated the sleeping area w/ the bench area. Anyone else have an issue w/ this?

11-28-2003, 09:48
Yes, I did. On my thru-hike I got to the shelter late in the day after it was about 2/3 full, which meant there was plenty of room for me. However, the folks that were already there had blocked off any entrence because they were using the shelf for cooking, storing their boots, etc. I waited politely and even cooked outside standing up while the whole time no one made an effort to clear me a path. (It didn't help that there were a couple of 'shelter hogs' already inside.) Finally, I had to make a 'low keyed demand' that someone clear a path so I could get in the shelter. Wasn't as big a deal as it sounds, but it was something I always remembered. It is great once you're in, but it is a major pain when you are trying to get in or out... I look it is as a negative overall, but can understand the logic behind it because you can sit at the edge of the sleeping platform and cook on the shelf. Unfortunately some of the folks I was trying to share the shelter with didn't feel the need to clear a path for others. These 'shelter hogs' can be a pain in any shelter, but their inconsiderate attitudes were magnified by the 'moat' because you can't easily step over their stuff or easily move it out of your way.


11-28-2003, 14:51
I love that shelter, find the "moat" part of it's uneque character. The reason I love it: I was close to succumbing to Hypothermia when i got to it, Wouldn't have been able to set up the tarp Or any other shelter that day if it hadnt been there. To my eyes, it is one of the most beautiful shelters on the AT :clap

07-13-2008, 21:03
Great shelter at a great location.

Good water source, but running a little on the light side.

Our Crew called the privy "The View"......it's four posts holding up a roof with a throne like seat. All I needed was my scepter............

Pedaling Fool
07-13-2008, 21:42
I never stayed there overnight, but always make a point to use the privy (http://whiteblaze.net/forum/vbg/showimage.php?i=14207&c=member&orderby=views&direction=DESC&imageuser=6936&cutoffdate=-1) when passing through.

07-13-2008, 22:20
It doesn't have the side wall anymore......or any other wall for that matter.

02-02-2009, 13:34
What's the area around this shelter like for tenting? How about Brown Fork Gap, are there decent camp spots there?

Survivor Dave
02-02-2009, 13:55
Here's a pic looking out from BFG Shelter. It was really nasty and the "moat" was alive and well.

As far as the privy, it had no sides, but good cell reception! None near the shelter though.