AT Happiness: Trail Towns So Far
A few notes on trail towns/resupply stops.
A great stop as it’s the first one, the staff at the center is fabulous. I didn’t stay at the hostel but instead next door at Blood Mountain Cabins and they were really nice.
Not a typical stop for most but I loved it. No outfitter, not really a trail town, you may not find packages of Mountain House, but the hotels are nice, the restaurants are good and Betty’s grocery store is wonderful. All that and it’s even a faux Alpine village. It will of course cost you some extra cash but I think it’s worth it a great place for a zero day.
Hiawassee is a solid trail town, the Budget Inn shuttle and room deal is hard to beat. But it’s a hiker hotel so its rough around the edges. The town has what you need at a bare essential level and not a lot of great food. Great place to shower, resupply, rest and quickly get out of town.
Franklin rocks! Budget Inn shuttle and room deal again is hard to beat. The owner Ron Haven is a really nice. The town is compact and walkable and generally seems to like hikers. The outfitters Outdoor 76 were absolutely super and highly knowledgeable, can’t say enough nice things about them. In addition to everything else I had a great massage in Franklin by Terena McCall at Therapeutic Kneads 828 371-5231 worth the tome and money.
My next stops are the Nantahala Outdoor Center and Fontana, stay tuned and have a happy day my. – Rev Kane