The A.T. weaves in and out of the Thunder Ridge Wilderness, leaving the Wilderness to enter the National Park Service's Blue Ridge Parkway land, then going back into the National Forest Wilderness land. It may seem obvious, but a lot of people miss the fact that the National Park Service is part of the Department of Interior, while the United States Forest Service is part of the Department of Agriculture. This difference reflects the essence of how each type of land is administered - USFS land is not parkland, while NPS land is not intended to be farmed, hunted, or mined.
|Under the Guillotine!|
|Dreamcatcher and Spartan heading south to Georgia.|
|The view looking to the west from Apple Orchard Mountain.|
|The Appalachian Trail crossing Apple Orchard Mountain.|
|PATC Difficulty Factor||340.0|
|Total Altitude Gain||4104||feet|
|Time of Hike||5:58||hours|