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Fontana Dam Shelter Appalachian Trail, North Carolina

Fontana Dam Shelter Appalachian Trail, North Carolina
Fontana Dam Shelter is 165.8 miles from Springer and 2018.4 miles to Katahdin. This shelter is in between Cable Gap Shelter which is 6.6 milees south and Mollies Ridge Shelter which is 11 miles north in Tennessee.

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Slyfox's 2012 - Appalachian Trail Journal about the hike to Fontana Dam Shelter
Left Cable Gap Shelter at 7:30 this morning. It is beautiful weather for a change and it's supposed to be nice for the next few days. I made it to the Fontana Dam Shelter (Hotel Hilton) around noon today and have decided to spend the rest of the day here. The "Hotel" is just a shelter, fancier than some so they call it the "Hilton". It does have a shower that I'm going to take advantage of in just a few minutes. I've walked up the hill now though to get cell reception so I can call Carol. Just want to hear her voice. This has been the only really pretty day so far. So, I only did about 7 miles today which is probably a good thing as the knee I hit pretty hard the other day was bothering me some. I had a nice SHOWER and also washed my clothes out while I had the opportunity. I got my tent and everything else dried out since I got here so early in the day. I've just been taking it easy and will start fresh in the morning. I will definitely be hitting the Smokies tomorrow. I've done a total of 165.8 miles so far, I think. Someone called the town for pizza delivery. Earlier in the day someone brought out McDonald's burgers and chicken sandwiches and said here you go. TRAIL MAGIC!! Life is great.

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Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the AT, is a marked hiking trail in the eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The precise length of the trail changes over time as trails are modified or added. The total length is approximately 2,200 miles long. The trail passes through the states of Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. The path is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships, and managed by the National Park Service and the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  The majority of the trail is in wilderness, although some portions traverse towns, roads and cross rivers.The Appalachian Trail is famous for its many hikers, some of whom, called thru-hikers, attempt to hike it in its entirety in a single season.


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