SmartHike, started in 2011, offers an efficient and affordable way to hike sections of the Appalachian Trail.
Why carry a heavy backpack when you can day hike the trail?
The hikes range from 6 days (all of Georgia – a smart way to start a thru-hike) to 8 days (three eight-day hikes to do all of Maine, including the 100-mile ‘wilderness’). Suggested donations range from $300-$400 per person per trip. The support van carries your food, clothing, camping equipment and water. All you carry is a day pack that should be under 10 pounds including water. Daily mileages vary from 7 to 18 miles per day depending on the terrain and road crossings where we camp. Camping at road crossings gives you more daylight to walk.
Warren Doyle has hiked the Appalachian Trail 17 times, more than any other person, has been a life-long educator, and dance caller and instructor. Dr. Doyle offers many hiking and dance related workshops.