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    If you're into shelters made from "raw" logs, then you can't miss the Eagle's Nest Shelter in Pa. (between Rt. 183 and Port Clinton at Rt. 61). The logs are 12"-14" diameter hemlock and spruce, and were cut (Scandinavian-Scribe method) and assembled off-site, then FLOWN BY HELICOPTER to the site in the woods! The newly reconstructed Rausch Gap Shelter (completed in 2012), located in State Game Lands #211 on the east side of the Susquehanna River (a 2 day hike, more or less), this one was also constructed off-site, then disassembled and driven to the site, and re-assembled in a day. No view at this one, but in deep woods (the Game Lands tract is about 28,000 acres) - you WILL hear the pilots at Fort Indiantown Gap Military Reservation (on the other side of the mountain) making training flights, though. (In the interest of disclosure, I was in charge of both of these projects...but they are good looking shelters nonetheless!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by shelterbuilder View Post
    (In the interest of disclosure, I was in charge of both of these projects...but they are good looking shelters nonetheless!)
    Let me be the first to say "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" for being a trail volunteer!!! God bless you!

    I saw both those shelters during my two section hikes in PA in the past couple of years. Good job!

    Also, love your signature tag line! Have always appreciated that sentiment.

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    Long Branch in NC and Partnership in Va......two of my favs.
    "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" - Mary Oliver

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    Just doin' what I can to "pay it forward". Besides, it was FUN!!!
    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass - it's about learning how to dance in the rain!

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    I can only speak for VT thus far but agree that Little Rock Pond is a nice one, ample tent spots close to the water too if the shelter isn't your thing. Yeah you have to pay in season but both caretakers I've met have been very cool people to spend time with. Spruce Peak just outside the 11/30 crossing in Manchester is another nice one. The inclusion of four walls, a door, and a wood stove make it quite an exceptional shelter in my experience.

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    Don't stay at Punchbowl!!! I stayed there a few years ago by myself & while tenting near the shelter in the middle of the night, I was awaken by someone/something shaking my tent violently!! I yelled, grabbed my headlamp & raced outside to watch a white silhouette walking/floating upright across the top of the lake all the way to the other side.
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    Good Shelters for location/views (maybe dated as was experienced in 1993):
    - Tray Mountain Shelter (GA) - great summit views, exposed to foul weather though
    - Overmountain Shelter (TN-NC) - great view down the mountain valley
    - Smarts Mountain Shelter (actually cabin) (NH) - great views off of the summit
    - Blood Mountain Shelter (actually cabin) (GA)
    - Rufus Morgan Shelter (NC) - it's located in a cool little dell
    - Apple House ex-Shelter (TN) - it's next to a really nice creek in a little hollow
    - Rainbow Stream Lean-to (ME)
    - Plum-orchard Gap Shelter (GA) - really cool mountain hollow
    - Sages Ravine Tentsite (MA) - Nifty area with overlooks
    - Saunders Shelter (VA) - nice pine clearing and glade around shelter; it's a steep hike down from the AT on the ridgeline
    - Greenleaf Hut (NH)
    - Watuga Lake Shelter (TN)
    - Avery Memorial ex-Lean-to/Shelter, now campsite (ME) - cool high mountain col between Bigelow peaks
    - Chestnut Knob (VA)
    - Cove Mountain (PA)
    - Walnut Mtn Shelter (TN-NC)
    - Fingerboard Shelter (NY)
    - West Mountain Shelter (NY)
    - RPH Cabin (NY) - green grass lawn to enjoy, bikes to day ride around on
    - Goddard Shelter (VT)
    - Jeffer's Brook (NH)
    - Beaver Brook (NH)
    - Garfield Ridge (NH)
    - Zealand Falls Hut (NH)
    - Galehead Hut (NH)
    - Guyot Shelter (NH)
    - Speck Pond Lean To (ME)
    - Pleasant Pond Lean to (ME)
    - Moxie Bald LeanTo (ME)
    - Chairback Gap LeanTo (ME)
    - Whitecap Mtn Tentsite (ME)
    - Potaywadjo Spring Lean-to (ME) - Huge spring



    Unusual designs:
    - Little Bigelow Lean-To (ME), had a very usual cottage-in-the-woods privy
    - Hexacuba Shelter (NH)
    - Bryant Ridge (VA)

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