Surviving My First Week of the Appalachian Trail

Feb 17, 2021 | 0 comments

I can’t believe we’re already one week into this incredible journey! It’s almost hard to know where to start!

The Approach

We kicked off our journey with a 9-hour drive up to Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge (thanks to my mom and sister!) and had a quick rest day to enjoy the last comfortable bed in our forseeable future.

It was truly unreal to even be sitting there – knowing we were only a few short hours away from starting the Approach Trail.

The resort staff was so wonderfully accommodating and gave us a ton of amazing goodies to take with us to the trail. (That sleepy-time tea really came in handy on night #3!)

Our Daily Breakdown

Day 1
2/9: AT Approach Trail to Springer Mtn Shelter
9 miles

Day 2
2/10: Springer Mtn Shelter to Hawk Mtn Shelter
7.9 miles

Day 3
2/11: Hawk Mtn Shelter to Gooch Mtn Shelter
7.7 miles

Day 4
2/12: Gooch Mtn Shelter to Woods Hole Shelter
12.1 miles

Day 5
2/13: Woods Hole Shelter to Neels Gap (Blood Mountain)
3.6 miles

Day 6
2/14: returned to Mountain Crossings and switched out/upgraded some gear then hiked to Baggs Creek Gap
4.3 miles

Day 7
2/15: Baggs Creek Gap to Low Gap Shelter 7.2 miles

Facing the Weather

We set a goal for ourselves of 9 miles a day for the first few days.  That first night we stayed in Springer Mountain Shelter! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful first day. We did end up hitting a few snags, read more in my most recent blog post on

Our first two days were beautiful and dry – almost too good to be true! Well…. it actually was. Days 3 through 7, bad weather finally caught up with us and we were wet and cold pretty much the whole time. As miserable as it may be, we know we just have to embrace it as part of the trail experience. No one said this would be easy!

The Views

Yeah… no problem there. Each day we stumble across gorgeous waterfalls, mossy trees, freshwater creeks, you name it. From my typical Florida landscape, this is night and day. I am in love with this nature and feel super connected to the rhythm and flow. THIS IS WHY I AM HERE!

Surviving my first week on the Appalachian trail

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