All along the AT are shelters – every ten miles or so. In Tennessee they look like this:
They have a capacity of six, but often there are 30-40 hikers looking for a place to sleep on any given night near the shelter. I’ve only spent one night in a shelter. I prefer my tent/cocoon.
One thing I do like about shelters is the graffiti:
That is beautiful!!!
Ooh, I like that!