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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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The Windsor Furnace Shelter is located in Pennsylvania, north of the city of Reading. It is a traditional Adirondack style lean-to and was built in 1972. It is currently maintained by the Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club. Text from the reverse of the photograph reads: "Windsor Furnace Shelter, PA. John Rappaport, Landowner. This shelter erected in early 1972."

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Poplar Ridge Shelter in Maine is a traditional Adirondack style lean-to, maintained by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club. The description on the reverse of the image reads: "Poplar Ridge Lean-to, an ideal resting place."

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Abingdon Gap Shelter is the last shelter northbound hikers encounter before entering Virginia, or the first that southbound hikers encounter when crossing over from Virginia to Tennessee. It is a small cement block sided shelter that sleeps only five. This shelter is maintained by the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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Members of the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club on Potts Mountain in Central Virginia during the fall of 1939. Day hikes like this one were a central activity of the AT Clubs for many decades.

Collection: Trail Clubs
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The Priest Shelter, September 4, 1960. The Priest Shelter was constructed in the 1950s at the completion of a major relocation of the Trail in Virginia. It sits atop The Priest, just south of the Tye River. It is traditional for hikers to confess their sins "to the Priest" in the shelter log book.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Earl Shaffer Shelter, pictured here in August 2008, was dedicated to Earl Shaffer, the first person to hike the entire Appalachian Trail in one year. Shaffer, who grew up nearby, eventually asked that his name be taken off the shelter in 1983, because he felt it had become "too fancy" after the addition of a wooden floor, replacing the old dirt floor. The Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club disassembled this shelter in 2008, and it now resides at the Appalachian Trail Museum at Pine Grove Furnace State Park (PA).

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Peters Mountain Shelter, pictured on January 1, 1980. This shelter is the replacement for the Earl Shaffer Shelter, which was removed from the Trail in the summer of 2008, and now resides at the Appalachian Trail Museum in Pine Grove Furnace State Park (PA). This shelter is maintained by volunteers from the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club, co-founded by Earl Shaffer.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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A sign marking the Appalachian Trail at a road crossing near Bobblet's Gap in Central Virginia, August 4, 2016.

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Thru hiker "Taxman" somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic during the summer of 1983.

Collection: Hikers
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