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Vehicle logistics for section hiking the AT

Good Morning all!

I am planning on starting to section hike the AT in June.  I will be driving up to GA from FL, but I had a question on what would be the most efficient way to handle the car.  Do I leave it at the trail start and find some way back to it after the hike, or do i leave it at the planned end point, and worry about getting to the trail head?  Can anyone share their experiences on how you handled this?  Thanks in advance!



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Hi @DinnerYeti - Thanks for reaching out! You will see that we have moved your post to our new Appalachian Trail Hikers group — the perfect place for this kind of question.

We hope some fellow hikers will be able to weigh in with their experience and suggestions. Thanks for bringing this question to the community!

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.

I could make an argument either way but, if your car is at your destination endpoint, you don't have to wait on a shuttle when it's time to go home 🙂

If you find someone else doing the same section you're doing, you may want to team up and park one car at each end.

Enjoy the trail!  With any luck, I'll be knocking out a section or two myself around that time.

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Thanks for the reply @nathanu .  you mentioned that a thing for people hiking the AT, or did you mean in general, as in: Take an uber/lyft lol


@DinnerYetishuttles are definitely a thing for folks hiking the AT and it seems to be pretty big business in "trail towns".   Most of the hostels have a shuttle service (if you're staying there) and most can provide a referral to a shuttle driver.  There's a Facebook group called North Georgia Hiking & Adventure that I am a member of and was able to find a shuttle ride from there (I'd be happy to pass along her info in a DM if you're interested).  I borked up my knee and she was able to pick me up at Springer and take me back to my car at Amicalola.  Cost was $50, which seems about average and she was awesome company for the ride. 

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@nathanuThat would be great.  I dont have facebook, but do you happen to know of any resources online for looking up Hostels in the trail towns?  I appreciate the help sir.


I wanted to confirm this with her before posting it here but the shuttle that I've used is White Blaze Shuttle Service and the info is below.   Have no problem referring her and will be using her again when I can.

706-300-8964 White Blaze Shuttle Services

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Sorry for the long delay.  I sent them a message.  thanks for all your help!


Way back when I was a young boy and in the boy scouts, we did that exact same thing. The adult leaders took us to Amicolola Falls and dropped us off. They went on to park a vehicle at out take-out point, then drove back to us for the hike. It worked great. If you can find someone hiking the same section you are, maybe you can set up an arrangement with them to share your vehicle or their vehicle.