AT Food Drops

We have 32 food drops on the AT.  This means that we will be getting to a town every 2-6 days.  Our longest food drop is 7 days and the shortest is 1 days.

There are three different ways thru-hikers handle food drops: Mail all of our food, buy everything when you get to town, and a combination of these two.  We will be mailing most of our food.  Why?  Because it saves us a lot of time and money.  Since a number of towns on the AT have Walmart’s and other large grocery stores, we have sent only dinners, breakfasts, and  limited lunches to those locations.  We can buy other lunch items at the stores.  There are four of us and buying food in small towns can get very expensive.  Pulling together food for 5 months is a little daunting.  We have to plan very carefully to get the variety of food we will need and make a good guess as to what we will want to eat in 4 or 5 months.  Having planned another long thru-hikes, we have a good idea of what we like to eat and what supplies we will need.

Some people have asked us if they could mail us care packages.  The answer is yes, but there are a few things to be aware of.

The most important thing is to address items to Tim Umstead or Ann Holston.  Make it “OR” not an “and”.  If an item is addressed with an “and” the Post Office will require both of us to be there to receive it.  Most of the time this will not be the case.  One of us will be off getting food or a room and the other will be getting the mail.  Please use “or”.

To make sure your mail gets to us in time, mail it about two weeks before our arrival date.  Most places will hold our mail for 3-4 weeks.  One thing to remember is our itinerary is not written in stone.  We will deviate from it.  You will need to keep an eye on our location and our itinerary and adjust appropriately.

c/o Mountain Crossings
12471 Gainesville Hwy
Blairsville, GA 30512

c/o Top of Georgia Hiking Center
7675 US 76 East
Hiawassee, GA 30546

c/o Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Hwy 19 W
Bryson City, NC 28713

c/o General Delivery
50 Fontana Rd
Fontana Dam, NC 28733-6105

c/o Standing Bear Farm Hiker Hostel
4255 Green Corner Road
Hartford, TN 37753

c/o General Delivery
111 Bridge St
Hot Springs, NC 28743-9231

c/o General Delivery
201 N Main Ave
Erwin, TN 37650-9998

c/o Black Bear Resort
1511 Dennis Cove Road
Hampton, TN 37658

c/o General Delivery
211 N Reynolds St
Damascus, VA 24236-9998

c/o The Relax Inn
7253 Lee Hwy
Rural Retreat, VA 24368

c/o Plaza Motel
415 N Main St.
Pearisburg, VA 24134

c/o General Delivery
1492 Roanoke Rd
Daleville, VA 24083-9998

c/o General Delivery
2071 Forest Ave
Buena Vista, VA 24416-9998

c/o General Delivery
200 S Wayne Ave
Waynesboro, VA 22980-9998

c/o General Delivery
102 S Broad St
Luray, VA 22835-9998

c/o General Delivery
1010 Washington St
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-9998

c/o General Delivery
3 E 1st St
Boiling Springs, PA 17007-9998

c/o The Doyle Hotel
7 N Market St.
Duncannon, PA 17020

c/o General Delivery
6 Broad St
Port Clinton, PA 19549-9800

c/o General Delivery
12 Shepard Ave
Delaware Water Gap, PA 18327-9800

c/o General Delivery
1 Main St
Unionville, NY 10988-9800

c/o General Delivery
130 Firefighters Memorial Dr
Fort Montgomery, NY 10922-9800

c/o General Delivery
22 Main St
Salisbury, CT 06068-9998

c/o General Delivery
56 Spring St
Williamstown, MA 01267-9998

c/o General Delivery
2046 Us Route 4
Killington, VT 05751-9998

c/o General Delivery
50 S Main St
Hanover, NH 03755-2066

c/o General Delivery
10 Lumber Yard Dr Unit 9
Lincoln, NH 03251-9998

c/o The Barn Hostel
55 Main St.
Gorham, NH 03581

c/o General Delivery
6 Church St
Andover, ME 04216-9998

c/o General Delivery
2517 Main St
Rangeley, ME 04970-9998

c/o Shaw’s Hiker Hostel
PO Box 72
Monson, ME 04464

c/o General Delivery
56 Spring St
Williamstown, MA 01267-9998

c/o General Delivery
2046 Us Route 4
Killington, VT 05751-9998

c/o General Delivery
50 S Main St
Hanover, NH 03755-2066

c/o General Delivery
10 Lumber Yard Dr Unit 9
Lincoln, NH 03251-9998

c/o The Barn Hostel
55 Main St.
Gorham, NH 03581

c/o General Delivery
6 Church St
Andover, ME 04216-9998

c/o General Delivery
2517 Main St
Rangeley, ME 04970-9998

c/o Shaw’s Hiker Hostel
PO Box 72
Monson, ME 04464

c/o General Delivery
6 Church St
Andover, ME 04216-9998

c/o General Delivery
2517 Main St
Rangeley, ME 04970-9998

c/o Shaw’s Hiker Hostel
PO Box 72
Monson, ME 04464

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