Companion Updates

updates to the 2019 printed edition

Front Matter

pages 3 and 4: The phone number for Donald Ballard should be (772) 321-0905


page 9: Bear canister required area for overnight camping  (March 1 - June 1)  is from Neel Gap (31.3) south to Jarrad Gap (26.3), not Low Gap.

page 16: Top of Georgia Hiking Center is closed for the season, and will reopen 1/1/2020. Website should read: <>

 North Carolina

page 22: Pets are no longer allowed at the Budget inn, Franklin NC

page 42: Roaring Fork and Deer Mountain shelters both have bear cables. New hostel, the Appalachian Trail-er, 200 Lance Avenue, Hot Springs, NC 28743. (828) 713-5451


page 51: The mileage table entry lists Boots Off Hostel as 0.2 miles east of Shook Branch Road. The paragraph lists it as 0.1 miles west, which is correct.


page 63: The phone number for The Place is (276) 206-0440

page 64: Crazy Larry's B&B overnight stays start at $45. The Damascus Pizza Co. and the Lazy Fox Inn have closed

page 66: Shuttle service: GRoots Rides, shuttles and slackpacking, Brian and Angela Salley, call or text 276-477-0555, or email:

page 74: Woodshole Hostel will be closed from December 22nd to March 7th.

page 94: Rusty's Hard Time Hollow has reopened from April-August. From the 2010 Companion (last year open).

Fire Road to Blue Ridge Parkway— From Maupin Field Shelter, turn left on fire road (just north of shelter), 1.2 miles to BRP. South on BRP 1.3 miles to Hostel: Rusty’s Hard Time Hollow—Rusty Nesbitt’s gravel driveway with gray pipe gate is on the left at BRP mile 16.7. Section-hikers, thru-hikers, long-distance cyclists, and weekenders are welcome (no groups). From 1982-2010, Rusty has hosted more than 14,000 hikers and cyclists. The Hollow is a primitive, 19-acre, back-to-basics, Appalachian mountain farm and includes bunkhouses, springhouse, outhouse, and rainwater shower. No tenting allowed during peak season. Limited stay; exceptions for medical conditions. No dogs (because of free-ranging farm animals). Trips to nearby Sherando Lake for swimming on hot days. Rides back to the Trail. Keep in mind that the Hollow is Rusty’s home. Donations are needed and appreciated, since Rusty has no other means to keep the Hollow going. No illegal drugs allowed. Mail drops not accepted.

page 106: Mountain Home B&B has showers only for $5. Also, in the hostels and campground appendix on page
265, the nightly rate needs to be updated to $30 per night.

page 109: BASECAMP is a hiker oasis in the downtown area created by Mountain Trails Outfitter, Front Royal Brewing and Down Home Bakery. In an area adjacent to all three businesses is a space that includes showers, wash sink, washer/dryer, lockers, hiker box and loaner clothes..all provided on a donation basis.

The nearby Front Royal VIsitors Center also is super hiker friendly passing out a hiker goodie bag and advise regarding many more town services.

 West Virginia



page 137: The correct phone number for the Econo Lodge in Carlisle is (717) 243-8585

page 140: The Best Western in Lickdale is closed.

page 139: Starting April 14th, the Doyle Hotel Bar will be open on Sundays from Noon until 5PM.

page 144: Blue Mountain Summit B&B and Restaurant is closed and for sale (2/5/2019). Local resident Tony Cerrone has offered to help hikers and can be reached at (610) 217-7436 or

 New Jersey

page 156: H&R Pazer Farm, (954) 646-8004, 380 N.J. 94, Vernon, NJ 07462, (near Appalachian Motel) allows hikers to sleep in the barn for $10

 New York

page 167: Gibberish at top of page should read Telephone Pioneers Shelter



Theory Wellness (retail cannabis) has opened near the Price Chopper in Great Barrington, and Silver Therapeutics (retail cannabis) has opened in the Colonial Plaza in Williamstown.

page 182: Kellogg House, contact Richard at (413) 429-1510 or , one step off the trail on Kellogg Road, queen size bed and cot, newly renovated bathroom and kitchenette. Shuttles available, $110 per night.


page 194: Woodford Mountain General Store has closed.

 New Hampshire

page 220: FYI, The Shuttle Connection in Lincoln has received numerous complaints (see Yelp). Hiker friendly, Jeff
Gannon can provide taxi/shuttle service in the area, and is available at: (603) 254-0960


page 248: On the top profile, the last three baseline mile marks should be 2,166, 2,167 and 2,168.

page 256: The 100 Mile Wilderness Inn in Millinocket will be open in 2019. For more info and rates, Innkeeper Gail
Wourms can be reached at: (207) 723-6033 Her email is: <>


page 268: Lightheart Gear,  (828) 552-4578,

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