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Old Orchard Shelter, Appalachian Trail, Grayson Highlands State Park, August 17, 2014.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Lula Tye Shelter, 1966. This shelter was built by the U.S. Forest Service in 1962 near the southern shore of Rock Pond in the Green Mountain National Forest. It is named for Lula Tye, who was the Corresponding Secretary of the Green Mountain Club from 1926-1955.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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Bobblet's Gap Shelter, July 21, 2016. A typical light wood frame shelter was built by the U.S. Forest Service in 1961 and is named for a local farmer (Will Bobblet) who used to live nearby.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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In 1938, the National Park Service published guidelines on the proper types of structures that should be built in the national parks. This booklet, authored by the architect Albert Good, was used by leaders of the Civilian Conservation Corps as guidance for the trail shelters they built along the Appalachian Trail during the 1930s. The description of the lean-to design reads, in part:

In New York State the Adirondack shelter is a tradition, a survival of the primitive shelter of the earliest woodsmen and hunters of this region. The end and rear walls are tightly built of logs, the front is open to the friendly warmth and light of the campfire. The roof slopes gently to the rear and sharply to the front to give a protective overhang.

The Adirondack shelter design was also used by the Appalachian Trail Conference in its guidance to member clubs in 1939 about the shelters they were building in the stretches of of the Trail they were responsible for.


Collection: Trail Shelters
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Pit privy at Bobblet's Gap Shelter, July 21, 2016. This privy is one of the newer versions of the classic pit privy. It is larger, has a concrete floor, and is better ventilated.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The pit privy at the Paul C. Wolfe Shelter (Virginia), July 26, 2016.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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Blood Mountain Shelter, May 22, 2017.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Silers Bald Shelter, April 27, 1941. A master list of AT shelters published in the July 1939 edition of theĀ Appalachian Trailway News describes this shelter as "authorized: plans or work being proceeded with." Thus, it was built between the summer of 1939 and the spring of 1941 when this image was taken by Albert Roth. Silers Bald Shelter is located on the North Carolina side of the Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, just south of Clingman's Dome, and is maintained by the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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Lakes of the Clouds Hut, built in 1915, is the highest elevation hut in the chain of shelters maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The current structure, which has been substantially renovated several times over the years, is built on the site of an earlier shelter constructed in 1901. The hut sleeps 90, and sits at an elevation of 5,030'. Due to the often extreme weather conditions at these elevations, this hut is only open May 31-September 15 each year. Like all AMC huts, a stay at Lakes of the Clouds Hut includes dinner and breakfast (included in the fee for overnight stays).

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Blood Mountain Shelter was built in 1937 by the Civilian Conservation Corps for the Georgia State Parks system. In 1956, the shelter was transferred to the U.S. Forest Service, and is maintained by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, whose members carried out a major renovation of the structure in 2010 [current image]

Collection: Trail Shelters
Blood Mountain Shelter

The Mashipacong Shelter, located near the southern boundary ofHigh Point State Park (New Jersey), was built in 1936 and is one of the historic stone walled shelters that can be found along the Trail. It is maintained by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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The Rutherford Shelter in New Jersey, May 27, 2005. The Rutherford Shelter was built in 1967, and is maintained by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference. The shelter currently sports a (non-functional, for obvious reasons) satellite dish on its roof, and is a short walk from Lake Rutherford.

Collection: Trail Shelters
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