From Our Editors
Every trip leader at Appalachian Wilderness Guides feels a strong connection to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. In fact, many of them have thru-hiked all 2,185 of its miles—but that's just the beginning of their qualifications. All of them have trained in wilderness first aid, have certification in "Leave No Trace Outdoors Ethics," and have never scolded a woodpecker for its annoying laugh. With these and other skills, they lead expeditions such as beginner day hikes throughout the mountains, multi-day camping trips, and wine-tasting treks throughout Georgia vineyards. Appalachian Wilderness Guides also runs a hostel for overnight guests as well as an Appalachian Trail school.