Shuttle Service for Hikers

Shuttle List for Appalachian Trail 2017 Hikers

in the Franklin, NC Area

by Kay Coriell

These are local shuttles to AT destinations (only) within 25 miles of Franklin. These NHC volunteers are happy to transport AT hikers to and from Franklin as a free friendly service:

  • Annette Floreani – 828-421-7043
  • Kay Coriell – 828-369-6820
  • David Watters – 828-349-3366
  • Colin Gooder, AT and Adventure Hostel (Franklin) – 828-332-0228
  • Bev/Jim Upson – 828-577-7509  (Sat/Sun only)
  • Steve/Dori Cameron – 678-480-2580
  • Ken Murphy – 828-349-4664
  • Mary Bennett – 828-369-0421  (Sat/Sun only and only to Winding Stair Gap)
  • Katharine Brown – 828-421-4178  (Sat/Sun, and only after 3:30 p.m. M-F)
  • Gail Lehman – 828-524-5298
  • Bill Van Horn – 828-369-1983

For around the town shopping, please use the Macon County Transit service (MCT – 828-349-2222).

They offer a weekday loop shuttle around Franklin and they will do individual pickups with 24 hour notice.  MCT operates a shuttle to the trail, Monday thru Friday at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. from Franklin to Winding Stair Gap and Rock Gap. They will bring hikers back to Franklin during these trips for $3 per person per trip, NO Saturdays or Sundays.  Motels usually have MCT’s time schedule available, or call 349-2222 for information. Local taxis might be available, also.

Long shuttles to farther reaches of the AT and to airports and bus stations for a fee:

  • Beverly Carini – 850-572-7352 (Mon-Sat, please call after 12 noon on Sundays)
  • Darlene Swofford – 828-524-3265, cell – 706-201-7719, email: dswofford@gmail.com
  • Larry Jacobs Taxi (Franklin) – 828-421-4987
  • Judy Lake Taxi – 828-369-5042   M-Sat 8:30-6 pm, NO SUNDAYS
  • Nancy Hoch, Hike Inn (Fontana, NC) – 828-479-3677
  • Colin Gooder, AT and Adventure Hostel (Franklin) – 828-332-0228 

These lists supersede previous lists. Please DO NOT CALL previous list’s names or numbers. 

List distributed Feb 2017 to:

  • Budget Inn
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Franklin Chamber of Commerce
  • Hampton Inn
  • Knights Inn
  • Macon County Library
  • Microtel
  • Outdoor 76
  • Sapphire Inn
  • Three Eagles Outfitters