Services and Supplies for Thru-Hikers
The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) welcomes Appalachian Trail thru-hikers to the White Mountains and Mahoosucs. This region offers some of the most rugged terrain and spectacular vistas along the AT. The information below is intended to provide some tips on services available to you while you are in the area. For more information, view our Thru-Hiker Brochure.
Packages for thru-hikers traveling through New Hampshire’s Presidential Range can be sent to AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, where hikers can pick them up, daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The physical address for packages is:
AT Thru-Hiker (Recipient Name), c/o Appalachian Mountain Club, 361 Route 16, Pinkham Notch Visitor Center, Gorham, NH 03581. U.S. Postal Mail may be sent to AT Thru-Hiker (Recipient Name), c/o AMC, P.O. Box 298, Gorham, NH 03581.
Find out where others are on the trail by seeing who has passed through, and add a few words yourself, if you wish, in the thru-hiker register maintained by AMC at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center front desk.
AMC’s eight backcountry huts along the Appalachian Trail also maintain hut logbooks for overnight guests and day visitors to contribute to. There are also logbooks in AMC’s 10 shelters in the White Mountains and Mahoosucs.
Hot showers are available at AMC’s Mohican Outdoor Center in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area for $5.
Coin-operated showers are available at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Clean towels are provided for $2. Coin-operated showers are also available at the AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch.
Visitor information, weather forecasts, and trail conditions are available at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center and AMC’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch. Visitor information is also available at the information center on the Town Common in Gorham, N.H.
Books and Maps
Hiking guides and maps of the area are available online, at local bookstores, such as The Mountain Wanderer Map and Bookstore in Lincoln, N.H., the White Mountain Café and Bookstore in Gorham, N.H., and at the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. The Pinkham location carries volumes of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Appalachian Trail Guide and Maps series specific to the region.
AMC operates a shuttle service for the public that stops at major roadside trailheads in the White Mountains. Rates vary depending on the length of trip. More information, including a route map and schedule, is available here.
Meals and Lodging
In the Pinkham Notch/Gorham, N.H., area:
AMC’s Pinkham Notch Visitor Center offers deli-style lunches and AYCE breakfast and dinner daily. Overnight accommodations are available in the Joe Dodge Lodge.
Gorham, N.H. (approximately 11 miles from the AT in Pinkham Notch and 6 miles from the AT crossing on U.S. Rt. 2 in Shelburne, N.H.), is home to locally owned restaurants, chain restaurants, convenience stores, motels, and B&Bs. The village of North Conway (about 17 miles south of Pinkham Notch) offers a wide variety of restaurants, lodging, retail stores, and specialty shops.
In the Mahoosucs region:
Bethel, Maine (approximately 18 miles south of the AT crossing in Grafton Notch), is home to a variety of lodging establishments, local restaurants, and convenience stores. For more information visit http://www.bethelmaine.com/.
Fourteen backcountry campsites (10 with shelters) are spread along the AT in the White Mountains and Mahoosucs. All campsites offer tenting options, a water source (requiring treatment), bear boxes, and composting outhouses. Nine are staffed with caretakers and require a $10 fee. The remaining five are fee-free.
AMC operates a series of eight huts spaced a day’s hike apart along the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains. Dinner, breakfast, and bunkroom accommodations are provided for overnight guests. Reservations are required. Day visitors are welcome. Potable water is available at the huts, and snacks and hiking safety items are available for purchase.
If you have questions about your thru-hike in the White Mountains and Mahoosucs region, e-mail us at AThikers@outdoors.org and we’ll do our best to help you out.