19 March 2014 (Day 15) – I hiked to Fontana Dam, NC today. This is the AT’s southern entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). Due to its variable weather, cold nights, and 5000+ elevation, AT thru hikers consider this section one of the biggest hurdles of the entire thru hike. It’s also one of the prettiest sections. The forecast looks good and will hopefully remain so during the 5 – 6 days it will take me to traverse 73 miles.
There’s no cell phone service within GSMNP, so there will be no updates from me for awhile. See you on the other side!
Current Location: Fontana Dam, NC
Current Map Location:
Miles Hiked: 166.1
Miles Remaining: 2019.2