Walasi-Yi Shoe Tree
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
N 34° 44.112 W 083° 55.068
17S E 232850 N 3847556
Quick Description: Located conviently along the Appalichian Trail, they provide any gear you might need for your hike. Make sure to check out the 'shoe collection' donated by AT hikers.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 8/24/2010 9:57:47 AM
Waymark Code: WM9HV3
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member Hard Oiler
Views: 11

Long Description:
Hike the AT, send your shoes, a photo and a blurb about your hike to add to the display here. There are several trees wearing shoes, and many more hanging inside.
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Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center
from Wikipedia
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The Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center is a small brick building located along US 19/129 at Neels Gap, Georgia, on the eastern side of Blood Mountain. It is notable as the only place where the 2,175-mile-long Appalachian Trail passes through a man-made structure. It is currently the first mail-drop available to northbound thru-hikers that does not require one to leave the trail.

Originally a log structure built by a logging company, the building took its present form during the 1930s when it was rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). It served as a restaurant and inn until 1965, when it was abandoned. Soon after, the building was rented by an artist group who used it until 1969 when it was again left vacant. By the mid-1970s the building was slated for demolition, but a group of conservation-minded locals lobbied successfully for its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Spared from destruction, the building served as an irregular store to hikers and tourists until 1983 when Jeff and Dorothy Hansen took over management of what became known as Mountain Crossings at Walasi-Yi.

Currently, in addition to the store the Walasi-Yi center offers hostel and cabin rentals. These rooms are at a premium in early spring when the vast majority of northbound thru-hikers are traveling through northern Georgia.

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The link to the store's website:
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The 'about us' section was a dead link. The site provides information about the services and area.
Visit Instructions:
If possible, post a picture of yourself with the tree. Describe if there has been any change to the tree and if you added any pairs yourself.
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