Appalachian Trail Histories

The Harper's Creek Shelter is maintained by the Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club. It is the only shelter within the Three Ridges Wilderness area that is north of the Tye River and south of Shenandoah National Park. The shelter sits at 1,800' and is 834 miles north of Springer Mountain and 1,355 miles south of Mount Katahdin. This shelter was constructed in 1960.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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Calf Mountain Shelter is located in Augusta County, Virginia, at the southern end of Shenandoah National Park. The shelter was meant to hold up to six people and is maintained by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. The shelter sits at 2,700' elevation and is 869 miles north of Springer Mountain and 1,320 miles south of Mount Katahdin. The Calf Mountain Shelter was built by the PATC in 1984 using the traditional design of open lean to shelters.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Cornelius Creek Shelter is located in Botetourt County, Virginia and is maintained by the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club. The shelter sits at 3,145' and is 764 miles north of Springer Mountain and 1,425 miles south of Mount Katahdin. The shelter was built in 1960, making it one of the older shelters on this stretch of the Trail.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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This memorandum from Paul G. Favour, Jr., Park Nationalist, Shenandoah National Park, to the Superintendent of the Park, December 19, 1952, details the physical condition of Corbin Cabin at that time. Favour visited the cabin because the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) had proposed taking over the cabin and restoring it so that it might be used as a rental property for Club members as well as Park visitors. Favour's recommendation that the PATC be permitted to take over the cabin carried the day and in 1953 the PATC began its restoration efforts.

Collection: Nicholson Hollow
NPS Corbin Cabin 121952.pdf

This map of the Appalachian Trail was produced by the Appalachian Trail Conference in 1948. It shows the southern terminus at Mount Oglethorpe (rather than the current Springer Mountain).

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This 1938 map of the Appalachian Trail from Harrisburg, PA to Damascus, VA, appeared on the back of the stationary of the Appalachian Trail Conference beginning in the late 1930s. It describes those portions of the Trail covered by the PATC's Guide to Paths in the Blue Ridge: Measured Distances and Detailed Directions for 506 Miles of the Appalachian Trail and 65 Miles of Side Trails in Virginia and Adjacent States, originally published in 1931 and reprinted numerous times since.


Image from page 6 of "The Appalachian Trail", published by the U.S. Forest Service in 1964.


The Dave Lesser Shelter is on the Appalachian Trail eight (8) miles north of the Virginia/West Virginia line and nine (9) miles south of the West Virginia/Maryland line. Maintained by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC), the shelter is a three-sided structure with a very large front deck. There is also a picnic pavilion with a fire pit and a privy. Half a dozen tent sites are scattered along the slope below the shelter and the freshwater spring is .25 miles down slope. Relatively few thru hikers stop overnight at the Lesser shelter, largely because they are so close to Harpers Ferry, the psychological mid-point of their hike (the real half way point is 80 miles north in Pennsylvania at Pine Grove Furnace). The shelter was built in 1994.

Collection: Trail Shelters

4-26 The journey is about being more deeply involved in life and yet, less attached to it. - "Ram Dass"
Atlas, NOBO [Northbound]

4/26/16 - Goals can guide you or they can blind you. Remain open to the many possibilities of achieving your goals as well as letting them go. "The journey is the reward." -- Taoist proverb
Hestia the Honeybadger NOBO '16

4/26/16 - "Slow down you crazy child. You're much too ambitious for a juvenile. But if you're so smart, then tell me why you're so afraid." -- Billy Joel
Giggles NOBO 2016

5/9/16 - Stopping in to wait out this tiny bit of rain. Time to draw...

Collection: Trail Shelters

Map of the proposed Appalachian Trail, hand-drawn by Benton MacKaye for the first meeting of the Appalachian Trail Conference, March, 1925. Although this map became the blueprint for the Trail, the final terminus for the path ended up being Springer Mountain, not the Cohutta Mountains of North Georgia as he proposed in this map.

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