Appalachian Trail Info

Appalachian NiteLight™

PTAT is working hard to bring kiosks to the Appalachian Trail! Once completed, Appalachian Trail goers will be able to enjoy refreshments and snacks at our AT kiosks, which will be located every 3 miles along the trail.

A majority of the AT Kiosks will also include an outdoor patio and bar for patrons over 21. Please click here for current list of alcohol-serving kiosks >>

In certain jurisdictions, alcohol is prohibited and will not be served.

Kiosks will be open from 7am-2am, Monday-Saturday. Check with your local kiosk for hours on Sunday.

Stecoah Gap Bed & Breakfast

September 9th, 2008

The Stecoah Gap Bed & Breakfast has just been announced for construction to begin in the first quarter of 2009. Thanks to the generous funding from our supporters and the $250,000 grant from the city of Robbinsville, the beauty that makes up Stecoah Gap will be carried over into a brand new, 150-room all suites bed and breakfast.

Plans will soon be announced for the opening day construction ceremony, and will be followed by a 30-day deadline to build an onsite asphalt plant, to greatly reduce construction traffic to and from the Appalachian Trail.

Volunteers will be allowed to help construction efforts. Volunteers must be over 15, and proof of age will be required. Volunteers must also include a signed work-release waiver along with their Volunteer Initiation Badge and any applicable volunteer fees. Please check with us for more details.

PTAT In the Community

September 7th, 2008

Pave the Appalachian Trail makes a tremendous effort to help involve the community, along with community funds, to improve many sections of the trail. Whether building patios, restaurants, and spa facilities, community contributions are a vital component to the project.

Standing by Indian Trading Post

August 13th, 2008

Take a journey back into the old world! The Standing by Indian Trading Post Kiosk was designed to take you back to frontier times! With full-size recreated totem poles at the entrance, you’ll instantly feel greeted by our friendly Indian servers and staff.

Serving up authentic-style Native American cuisine, hikers and guests will get all the meal they ever need for a full days hike. Because of the relative ease of hiking that this section of the Appalachian Trail provides, a full kids menu and senior discounts are available. Parents are also given free one-hour daycare by our friendly Native American nannys, to free up your mind and let you enjoy nature, much like the Indians and frontiersman did in years past.

Tray Mountain Skybar

July 3rd, 2008

Picture this. Dining in ultimate luxury atop Georgia’s seventh-highest peak, sipping fresh, local wine from Georgia Wine Country, feasting on days-fresh beef from nearby pastures. The Tray Mountain Skybar features an elegant bar on top of a futuristic steel perch that rotates while you eat.

A true marvel of engineering, Tray Mountain Skybar rests on the boundary line between White and Towns counties, located within the borders of the Chattahoochee National Forest and is part of the Tray Mountain Wilderness.

With views to die for, Tray Mountain has for years been considered the viewing point for the Nantahala Mountains and Nantahala National Forest within North Carolina. The views of the entire Blue Ridge Mountains in Northern Georgia at your fingertips, dining on Tray Mountain is nothing short of miraculous.

Neels Gap Kiosk

April 25th, 2008

The Neels Gap Kiosk is a natural wonder. Created entirely out of aged palm trees, the Neels Gap Kiosk is one of the favorite pit stops along the Northern Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail.  Hikers coming from nearby Springer Mountain Visitors Center and the Blood Mountain Cafe will notice distinct differences, especially in the lunch menu.

Neels Gap Kiosk is one of the largest information centers in the Northern Georgia Mountains, and has been a thruhiker favorite since it’s construction was completed in June of 2007.

Wayah Bald Grille

September 9th, 2007

The Wayah Bald Grille is the only Wayah to dine in style! Wayah Bald is a beautiful part of the Nantahala National Forest, and is a very popular hiking destination during the summer.

Restauranteurs will particularly appreciate the 5-star dining menu, and our unique, 3 waitress-per-table system. Not only will you be dining like a king, but you’ll feel like one too!

Known for its lack of trees, Wayah Bald, whose name derives from the Cherokee word wa ya, meaning wolf. Wayah Bald was named so because of the large population of red wolves that were banished by excessive hunting and poaching.

In 1937, the CCC constructed a stone observation tower for fire detection. It also really makes this a great hike! Due to the generous funding by the Pave the Appalachian Trail foundation in early 2007, construction crews were finally given the go-ahead to demolish the shaky stone tower eyesore and rebuild the Wayah Bald Grille. Workers were careful to reuse stones from the original tower and put them to better use on the Wayah Bald Grille’s signature fireplace.

Note: The Wayah Bald Grille serves only rare meat, due to restrictions in this jurisdiction. For patrons not accustomed to meat cooked rare, guests will have first come, first serve access to our outdoor grills. Charcoal and lighter fluid are available at the Wayah Bald Gift Center.

Springer Mountain Visitors Center & Restaurant

June 9th, 2007

Nestled at a cool 3,780 feet above sea level, and known as the Southern Turminus of the Appalachian Trail, Springer Mountain is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Fannin County of Northern Georgia.

Springer Mountain Visitors Center & Restaurant is our flagship, 5-star establishment perched at the peak of Springer Mountain, offering visitors to dine and relax in the luxurious mountains of Northern Georgia. This uniquely designed structure was the culmination of renowned international architect Sepastian Redalfo Hollet’s foray into the Springer Mountain area when he was a child. “I remember during a vacation here when I was around five,” he recollects, “this place was just such an inspiration to me that it metomorphosised, you could say, how the rest of my life was shaped and molded by the heritage and beauty entrenched in these mountains.”

The Springer Mountain Visitors Center & Restaurant boasts a beautiful slate and hemlock patio which offers a view of 3 states. The retractable roof allows visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the Chattahoochee National Forest and surrounding Fannin County of the Northern Georgian Mountains. This towering masterpiece was created to improve upon the bountifully beautiful native hemlocks and create a newly-established resource for natural environmental co-existion.

For thruhikers starting southbound and heading north, we offer a 90% discount on one-night stays ($12 total to cover taxes, linens, and complimentary organic breakfast bar), and a complimentary shuttle service from a 10 mile radius. For non-thruhikers, our standard overnight rates apply, of which 80% of the proceeds go to directly to the PTAT Foundation.

Thruhikers are also given unlimited access to our outdoor Springer Mountain Spa, and a complimentary therapeutic massage by our qualified eco-therapy therapudists, before embarking on their incredible 1,748 (miles pending trail completion) 2-month long conquest.

For southbound thruhikers, please check with us in advance for our current Northerner Perks Package, and our complimentary champagne toast upon your check-in and thruhike completion.

The Max Patch Eatery

May 11th, 2007

Welcome to Max Patch along the newly paved Appalachian Trail! The Max Patch Eatery is a cafeteria-style restaurant that is sure to fill the hungriest hiker’s belly. With over 194 available dish combinations, the Max Patch Eatery brings all things wonderful about Max Patch to the table.

What makes the Max Patch Eatery so special? Just like the town of Max Patch, you can get both Pepsi AND Coke products! When funding originally stalled for the eatery, a bidding war broke out between Pepsi Co. and Coca Cola. When bidding was tied at 1.7 million dollars, Dr. Joseph B. Banks jokingly stated that both companies should win, and both should equally deck out the Max Patch Eatery. Although the joke turned serious when the Max Patch Family Preservation committee thought it was a fantastic idea, and contacted the local city council.

After a 5-4 vote, the city concluded that both companies could indeed bid, compete, and win the project.

One year later, The Max Patch Eatery remains the only eatery in the contiguous 48 states to serve two major brand soft drink lines.  We pride ourselves for this achievement, and owe a great deal to Dr. Banks for his efforts.

Blood Mountain Cafe

April 14th, 2007

Blood Mountain Cafe is the single-highest restaurant located on the highest peak of the Appalachian Trail through Georgia. Perched brightly on the sixth-tallest mountain in Georgia with an elevation of 4,458 feet, it’s Union Countys favorite cafe! Located within the Chattahoochee National Forest and the Blood Mountain Wilderness, the Blood Mountain Cafe features dishes of local favorites and a fantastic selection of Northern Georgia local brews.

Formerly a hiking shelter built by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, the Blood Mountain Cafe boasts a 24-room hostel, each with separate bathrooms and hot showers.  The original shelter was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1934 and was up until March of 2008, included on the National Register of Historic Places.

Before construction, numerous Blood Mountain and Appalachian Trail hikers made ill-prepared trips and suffer dehydration during the summer months. The Blood Mountain Cafe is the only cafe in the world that takes hikers’ safety into consideration, by constructing a large network of water fountains along a section of the trail. Water fountains are featured every .5 miles along the trail.

Paving is underway!

March 5th, 2007

This has been a long time coming! Paving the Appalachian Trail construction is underway! We officially broke ground March 5, 2007! A special thank you to all that have contributed and helped make this a historic day!