Ron's Appalachian Trail Adventure

Ron Shafer, member and friend of Maplewood, is hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2017. He began his journey at Springer Mountain, in Georgia on March 19th and plans to complete the trek north by late fall. Follow along, on this page, as Ron's adventure unfolds.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a public foot-path that follows more than 2100 miles of Appalachian Mountain ridgelines between Maine and Georgia. Roads that cross it at varying intervals give ready access. The trail is protected along more than 99 percent of its course by federal or state ownership or rights-of-way. It was designed, constructed and marked in the 1920s and 1930s by volunteer hiking clubs brought together by the volunteer-based, nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Formed in 1925 and based in Harpers Ferry, W. Va., the ATC works in partnership with the National Park Service, USDA Forest Service, states and local communities.

Author Marge Burke is the main point of contact with Ron while on the trail. Her blog contains regular progress updates and can be found at

Ron left the trail at Gatlinburg on May 7th to resolve a problem with his left knee.

For a full map of the Appalachian Trail, click here.


Ron has temporairly returned to his home in PA to get medical treatment for the knee injury. A doctor visit and X-Rays on May 17th was followed by an MRI on May 22. These tests show that Ron has a broken tibia. Ron is currently confined to crutches and is to put NO weight on the left leg for 8 to 10 weeks. For further updates, please follow Marge's blog.