Since hiking the Appalachian Trail was my first long distance hike, I ended up reading and researching a lot about the trail. I compiled the following list so that people can get an idea of what material is out there. Some items are outdated while others are more recent. I personally own and have read the following books. The point is to provide you with additional resources you may not have thought of. I hope this helps. If you have any additional questions about the books listed please comment below.
Top 7 Books to read when planning your AT Hike
- Appalachian Trail Thru-hike Planner, 2nd Edition by David Lauterborn (Paperback – 2005) Fuzzy Monkey’s Notes: This has been updated and is useful for any length hike.
- Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker’s Companion 2007 by Cynthia-Taylor Miller
(Paperback December 2006) Fuzzy Monkey’s Notes: The Companion is the book I carried with me and used for my 2007 Thru-hike. If I had to do it again, this would be the guidebook I’d take with me.
- Lighten Up!: A Complete handbook for LIGHT 7 ULTRALIGHT backpacking (Falcon Guide) by Don Ladigin, illustrations by Mike Clelland!
- The Appalachian Trail Food Planner: Recipes and Menues for a 2,000-mile Hike by Lou Adsmond
(Spiral Bound-March 15, 2002)
- The Appalachian Trail Hiker: Trail-Proven Advise for Hikes of any Length by Frank Logue and Victoria Logue
- The Appalachian Trail: How to Prepare For & Hike It by Dan Curran
(Paperback December 1005)
- Appalachian Trail Data Book 2004 26th Edition by Daniel D Chazin
(Paperback 2003) Fuzzy Monkey’s Notes: The data book when I planned and read it was just that “data” the mileage from point to point. Great for planning your days and how far you think you might hike. This has been updated and there appears to be a new data book each year. My personal book was from 2004.
Good luck with your planning!!