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    Contact the Rabbit Hole and/or Boots Off Hostels...

    Contact the Rabbit Hole and/or Boots Off Hostels on sectioning suggestions. As long as you hostel up or camp south of 421, you can do 421 to Damascus in a long day with the rolling ridgeline. Trail...
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    This closure was due to a previous bear issue in...

    This closure was due to a previous bear issue in the area. The camping restriction then was from Double Springs Shelter all way to the Backbone Rock Trail junction.

    This is a new camping...
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    RediMart, Dollar General, and Browns right in...

    RediMart, Dollar General, and Browns right in Hampton.

    Elizabethton is a short drive from Hampton but has more groceries and a Walmart.

    Boots Off, Black Bear, or Kincora are good hostels.
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    I had family show me the Prescott Dells. ...

    I had family show me the Prescott Dells.

    Algonquin
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    After Hurricane Ian, there should be plenty of...

    After Hurricane Ian, there should be plenty of water.

    I will say Watauga Lake to Damascus tends to be the dryer of the section.
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    Hike Your Own Hike - Ignore the haters. Your...

    Hike Your Own Hike - Ignore the haters.

    Your AT Thru Hiker Class is when you complete.

    Expect heavy snow in TN and VA till mid March. Freezing temps as late as late April. Roan and Mt Rogers...
  7. I am near Linville Gorge/Mt Mitchell in NC. It...

    I am near Linville Gorge/Mt Mitchell in NC. It was first projected the eye would go right over me. Now its moved east to Greensboro.

    The tail ends of Ian are stretching only as far as...
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    You will be looking more toward towns, nearby...

    You will be looking more toward towns, nearby state parks, or established campgrounds.

    RV camping overnight at trailheads is technically frowned upon. Some of the trailheads are just a small...
  9. On the Front page -...

    On the Front page - https://whiteblaze.net/forum/content.php - Hostels and shuttles -

    Elmers and Laughing Hear are popular hostels. I don't know the availability for hostels outside of the...
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    Move toward mainstream Social Media and mobile...

    Move toward mainstream Social Media and mobile apps.
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    Keep an eye on shelter status within the Smokies...

    Keep an eye on shelter status within the Smokies for closures.
  12. Grassy Ridge summit has some camping. There is...

    Grassy Ridge summit has some camping. There is no camping allowed on Round Bald and Jane Bald last I remember due to fragile landscape.

    If weather is bad, you are very exposed. And you will have...
  13. Fire Destroys Ocoee Whitewater Center

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    Fire Destroys Ocoee Whitewater CenterApril 26, 2022
    WDEF News

    Update, 9:37am Authorities received a call from a passerby around midnight...
  14. Test out your gear and weight near home. Get...

    Test out your gear and weight near home.

    Get an AT trail guide or phone app.
    Have idea where water sources, shelters/camps, elevation/profile.

    Weather will be humid and warm. Expect rain.
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  15. Other than really bad weather...Why stay in a...

    Other than really bad weather...Why stay in a shelter with the mice, farts, and norovirus.
  16. https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/index.cfm?BCPermitT...

    https://smokiespermits.nps.gov/index.cfm?BCPermitTypeID=2
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    Ditto on the MST. For the AT, start from the...

    Ditto on the MST.

    For the AT, start from the beginning AFSP or Springer and go NOBO. If you want to stay close to trail towns then somewhere between Erwin to Hampton.
  18. Closed condemned due to structural instability. ...

    Closed condemned due to structural instability. The field and privy are still open for use.

    Last I heard, the ATC and USFS (possibly the SAHC) are still hashing out plans on what to do in its...
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    Camping Closure for A.T. – Double Springs Shelter...

    Camping Closure for A.T. – Double Springs Shelter to Backbone Rock TrailJanuary 2022: This closure notice has been formally lifted by Cherokee National Forest.
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    Last I heard, there were camping restrictions for...

    Last I heard, there were camping restrictions for bear activity around Watauga Lake and between Holston Mtn (Double Springs shelter to Backbone Trail). I am not seeing the restrictions on the ATC...
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    I can't imagine what the windchills would be on...

    I can't imagine what the windchills would be on the balds.
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    You will need to keep an eye on Parkway closures...

    You will need to keep an eye on Parkway closures this time of year.

    This is the link to the Pisgah District road season closures....
  23. Been a while since I walked the section. Bald...

    Been a while since I walked the section.

    Bald Mtn shelter is always in good shape. No tenting next to shelter. Sites at most gaps, balds, and north of shelter. I advise staying off the balds as...
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    The Smokies are a rainforest. Good chance...

    The Smokies are a rainforest.

    Good chance Clingmans Dome Rd will be closed.
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    There is the shelter on the Hi Water blue blaze. ...

    There is the shelter on the Hi Water blue blaze. Then there a number of camping spots on the Hampton Blue Blaze.<br><br>Last time I walked up to Pond Flats from the Gorge, I was helping build the...
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