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Re: Dog problem near Laurel Falls and Moreland

I have hiked that portion of the trail, but not this spring.  I went 
through in December and did not have any problems..

Also at Hampton, TN which is the town you get to by following the blue 
blaze trail instead of hiking over Pond Mountain.  The store is called 
Brown's Grocery and Hardware, and in addition Sutton Brown has a place 
where hikers can spend the night and clean up.  Both he and his wife are 
some of the nicest people I have met along that section of the trail.  

I will be up there in mid may and I will check out the dog problem and 
post more information.  I have been attacked by dogs about 10-15 miles 
south of Moreland Shelter, but I had both red pepper spray and a gun with 
me and was able to take care of the problem.  As an aside the section 
between Apple Shelter and Moreland Shelter has some of the most 
unfriendly people and dogs of any part of the trail I have hiked.  A 
number of years ago someone burned the shelter between the two shelters 
and it has not been replaced.

Ernie Patterson
Biology Department
230 Wilson Hall CB#3280
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280
Phone: 919-962-2136
Fax:      919-962-1625
Email:   Ernie_Patterson@unc.edu