At a campsite past Low Gap Shelter this weekend, I found the following note propped against a tree and weighted down by rocks.
This note was near a partially buried pile of poop buzzing with flies just at the edge of a campsite. I especially like this part: "Would you leave TP in your garden? Well, this is nature's garden. Please be responsible." I hope other hikers read the note and it made some people think and reconsider their practices.
Especially along heavily used trails like the AT, it is always best to poop at privies or anywhere far away (200 feet) from campsites and water. If you do go near to where people often walk, take extra care to bury waste completely (in a hole 6-8 inches deep). Pack out toilet paper in a plastic bag. The AT is such a special trail that it deserves to be kept beautiful. Please, Dispose of Waste Properly!
(Note: The trip this weekend was a solo out and back from Unicoi Gap to Low Gap shelter and back (19.2 miles total) to scout the water sources for the trip I lead next week for the Trail Dames.)