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The Darlington Shelter in Pennsylvania is a replacement for the original Darlington Shelter built in 1956 by Earl Shaffer, the first person to thru hike the Appalachian Trail in 1948. The shelter Shaffer built was replaced by the current structure in 1977 by the Mountain Club of Maryland, which still maintains the shelter. The shelter is named for Bishop James Henry Darlington, an early advocate of the Appalachian Trail.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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Alexander (Alec) Kennedy was one of the founders of the Mountain Club of Maryland in 1934 and also served as a president of that club. After his death in 1989, club members built the Alec Kennedy shelter in his memory.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The James Fry Shelter is located just north of Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Pennsylvania. It was built as a replacement for the Tagg Run Shelter sometime in the 1970s and is maintained by the Mountain Club of Maryland.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Toms Run Shelters are the last of the paired shelters in Southern Pennsylvania that northbound hikers experience as they approach the halfway point of the Trail, or the first of the paired shelters that southbound hikers come to on their way toward Maryland. The paired shelters of southern Pennsylvania are a unique feature of the Appalachian Trail in this region. They are maintained by volunteers of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Hemlocks Shelter in Massachusetts is the southernmost shelter on the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts and was built in 1999 by volunteers from the Massachusetts AT Committee. It is adjacent to the Glen Brook Shelter.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Limestone Spring Shelter is located in Connecticut and is more than half a mile off the current route of the Appalachian Trail on a blue blazed trail that was once the main route of the Trail. This shelter is maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Mohawk No. 1 Shelter is located on the Mohawk Trail in the Mohawk State Forest, a trail that was the route of the Appalachian Trail in Central Connecticut until the 1980s. This shelter was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps sometime in the 1930s. The 1968 Guide to the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts and Connecticut describes the shelter as having a fireplace and no bunks. Hikers had to obtain permission from the Forest Ranger in the Mohawk State Forest before camping there.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Plum Orchard Gap Shelter is the northernmost shelter on the Trail in Georgia. This version of the shelter, which is a replacement for an older shelter, was constructed in the 1980s by soldiers from nearby Camp Frank Merrill. It is maintained by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Wildcat Shelter in New York is a plank sided lean-to in the standard U.S. Forest Service design. It is maintained by the New York-New Jersey Trail Club and is the first shelter that northbound hikers encounter in New York, or the last they encounter if they are hiking south.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Fingerboard Mountain Shelter in New York is a stone lean-to constructed in the 1930s. It is just north of a popular Trail feature -- the "Lemon Squeezer" -- a narrow rock fissure that hikers must negotiate in order to continue their hike. This shelter is maintained by the New York-New Jersey Trail Club.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Wiley Shelter is a traditional Adirondack style lean-to located in New York, just west of the border with Connecticut. It is therefore the last shelter northbound hikers encounter in New York and the first that southbound hikers encounter as they leave New England on their way south. This shelter is maintained by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Wesser Creek Shelter was a traditional Adirondack style lean-to, located just north of Wesser Bald in the Nantahala region of North Carolina. This shelter no longer exists.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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