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