The Appalachian Trail is a fabled footpath spanning nearly 2,200 miles, from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. Each year, thousands of hopeful thru-hikers set out to hike the trail’s full length in one trip. Many more hikers set out on section hikes, where they piece together the trail over time until finally hiking every mile. We have proudly offered the opportunity to section hike the trail with us for decades and today, our Slackpacking trips cover nearly a quarter of the trail’s length: no small feat for the aspiring section hiker!
“Slackpacking” describes a style of hiking in which you carry only what you need for the day. When you’re unburdened by the added weight of a shelter, multiple days’ worth of food, and other overnight essentials, you can travel light, fast, and knock out the miles you’ve been dreaming about. At the end of each day, after covering 10-15 miles on the trail, we return to a nearby trail town, where we enjoy the creature comforts of civilization: a real bed, a hot shower, and a home-cooked, hearty meal!