AT shelter in the Smokies Mollys Ridge
Shelter in the Smokies, a stop on my last hike through on the AT

In spring, hiker’s thoughts turn to the Appalachian Trail, the granddaddy of all long distance hiking trails in America. My last expedition of any real length on the AT was with several friends from Florida, traversing half the Smokies during fine weather in June.  In the Smokies, hikers are asked to use the shelters at night because of bear activity. Most of the shelters have fencing across the front to keep the bears out.  This was one of the more pleasant shelters along the journey.