I have hiked over half of the AT and will be going out in May to hike southbound in VA. I use the AWOL guide and so do 90% of all other AT thru hikers. I included a picture of 2 sheets. I recommend the "loose-leaf" book. You can send yourself future sections so you are not carrying all 8oz of the book. They also include maps of the towns, elevation profiles, milage, road crossings, views, side trails, water, shelter, showers, hostel information and lots of other helpful tidbits. Everything you need is in this guide. They also make a version for south or north bound.