We created our Appalachian Trail food resupply plan with two priorities in mind:
- Stay close to the trail. We prefer to remain in the wilderness away from city noises and distractions. We’ll walk to our resupply points and avoid cars and shuttles wherever possible.
- Keep it strictly vegetarian and mostly organic. We’ll buy from grocery stores where feasible and ship food boxes to areas with slim vegetarian pickings.
We used a similar resupply strategy on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and it worked very well. On our Appalachian Trail (AT) thru hike we plan to buy food at 16 stores and pick up 20 maildrops. Some sections of the AT run close to convenience stores and restaurants. In those sections we will carry less food than normal.
|Location||Mail or Buy?||Days to
|Amicalola Falls State Park (Springer Mountain), GA||Buy in Atlanta||4|
|Neels Gap, GA||Mail to Mountain Crossings||3|
|Dicks Creek Gap, GA||Mail to Blueberry Patch Hostel*||5|
|Nantahala Outdoor Center, NC||Mail to NOC Outfitters||2|
|Fontana Village, NC||Mail to Fontana Lodge*||5.5|
|Standing Bear Farm, TN||Buy at Standing Bear Farm||2.5|
|Hot Springs, NC||Buy at Hillbilly Market or Bluff Mountain Outfitters||5|
|Erwin, TN||Mail to Uncle Johnny’s Nolichucky Hostel||5|
|Hampton, TN||Mail to Kincora Hiking Hostel||3.5|
|Damascus, VA||Buy at Food City||5|
|Rural Retreat, VA||Mail to Relax Inn||5|
|Sugar Run Gap, VA||Mail to Woods Hole Hostel||5|
|Catawba, VA||Buy at Catawba Grocery||1.5|
|Daleville, VA||Buy at Kroger Grocery||6.5|
|Montebello, VA||Mail to Dutch Haus B&B*||4.5|
|Loft Mountain Campground, VA||Buy at Campstore||2|
|Big Meadows, VA||Buy at Big Meadows Wayside||6.5|
|Harpers Ferry, WV||Buy at General Store or The Outfitter||2|
|Smithsburg, MD||Mail to The Free State Hiker Hostel||4.5|
|Boiling Springs, PA||Buy at Getty Food Mart||1.5|
|Duncannon, PA||Buy at Mutzabaugh’s Market||4.5|
|Port Clinton, PA||Mail to Post Office||5|
|Delaware Water Gap, PA||Mail via FedEx/UPS to Edge of the Woods Outfitters||3|
|High Point State Park, NJ||Mail to High Point State Park Headquarters||4.5|
|Fort Montgomery, NY||Mail to Post Office||3|
|Appalachian Trail Railroad Station, NY||Mail to Native Landscapes & Garden Center||3.5|
|Salisbury, CT||Buy at La Bonne Epicure Market||3.5|
|Becket, MA||Mail to Berkshire Lakeside Lodge||3|
|Williamstown, MA||Buy at Stop & Shop||7.5|
|Killington, VT||Mail to Mountain Meadows Lodge||2.5|
|Hanover, NH||Buy at Hanover Food Co-op||4.5|
|Franconia Notch, NH||Mail to Flume Visitor Center||5|
|Gorham, NH||Mail to White Mountains Lodge and Hostel||7.5|
|Stratton, ME||Buy at Fotter’s Market*||4.5|
|Monson, ME||Mail to 100 Mile Wilderness Adventures||7|
|Abol Bridge, ME||Buy at campstore||1.5|
|Mt. Katahdin, ME|
All the resupply locations on our list are within a mile of the Appalachian Trail except for those marked with an asterisk (*). We calculated the number of days to the next town assuming we’ll hike 10 miles per day initially and within a few weeks ramp up to 15 miles per day.
In mid February we plan to undertake a massive grocery trip and begin preparing our food boxes. Each food allotment will get packed into USPS Priority Mail Regional Rate boxes, which Shutterbug’s parents have kindly offered to periodically ship to us during our thru hike. Thanks Jan and George!
We can’t choose an AT start date until we’ve shipped pre-orders and publicized our Pacific Crest Trail photography book. The book recently entered the binding stage, and everything remains on schedule for delivery in late February. We are gathering contact information for people who would be interested in running a review of our book. If you know someone in the magazine, blog, or newspaper business, we would be very grateful if you could put us in touch. Email email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org . Thanks!