Note: I am cross-posting this Appalachian Trail query from WhiteBlaze, just fyi.
Another WBer and I plan to hike from the James River Foot Bridge (US Hwy 501) in Virginia to Rockfish Gap/Waynesboro, starting Memorial Day (next Monday evening). I plan to take my modified HH. Partner is taking a tent.
I am wondering if there are any trail alerts, water or bug conditions, or other local specific information we should know about before starting our section hike? Camping issues? Fire alerts? Hunting seasons? Also, any hostels to avoid, ... or any not to be missed? Same for places to eat?
Any really bad climbs, descents, or trail conditions? We plan to go slowly and do short days of 8-10 miles or so.
We have the latest ATC maps and the 2009 Appalachian Pages, but I like to ask anyway about any acute conditions. Thanks in advance for any pertinent, pithy, timely observations you'd like to bless us with!