It’s outrageous, but planning a 2,100 mile hike along the Appalachian Trail is easier than most things that you do.
Step 1: Buy the AT Guide: I recommend getting it loose-leaf. Take out the first quarter, give the rest to a friend to mail to you when you need it.
Step 2: Buy a plane ticket to Altlanta, Georgia.
Step 3: Reserve a shuttle to the trailhead.
Step 4: Buy 2-4 days of food. I bought two lunches, two breakfasts and two dinners.
Step 5: Pack your pack and go!