592 State Route 2, Shelburne, New Hampshire 03581, United States

603.466.5049 // info@rattleriverhostel.com

Rattle River Lodge

Located on the Appalachian Trail, we're
the spot for outdoor enthusiasts!

Rattle River Lodge and Hostel located on the Appalachian Trail in the White Mountains of NH.

The Rattle River Lodge and Hostel sits on the Appalachian Trail, against the backdrop of the Carter-Moriah Mountain Range, and is gateway to the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. Built in 1877, this New England colonial home does not lack for services, amenities, or modernity, while still keeping its original charm.

Comforts of Home


Our hostel features the amenities and services for a restful stay.

Large Kitchen for Group Dinners


The kitchen has always been the hottest spot at the lodge! 

Book Online!

We are very busy and answer many phone calls daily. Online booking

is faster than a phone call and one way to beat the crowd!

Shuttle Services

We provide shuttle services!  All shuttle requests must be requested by phone or submitted through our website. Click on the "Shuttles" tab at the top of the page for additional information or click on the link below to book a shuttle.

Mail Drops

We accept mail drops! Click on the "Hiker Info & FAQs" tab at the top of the page or the link below for more information.

Wildcat Slack Pack

Try one of the Appalachian Trail's most challenging slack packs! This famous 21 mile slack pack runs between Pinkham Notch and Rattle River Trailhead. For safety, if you think this slack pack presents too much of a challenge, then we suggest you attempt it over a period of 2 or 3 days. (We will hold any gear you don't want to carry on the slack pack.) For this, we suggest:

  • Option 1: Hike 13 miles to Camp Imp, stay the night. Hike to Rattle River Hostel on the 2nd day.
  • Option 2: Hike to Carter Hut, stay the night. Hike to IMP shelter, stay the night. Hike to Rattle River Hostel on the 3rd day.

*We can store at our Hostel any gear you might not need for the slack pack; we also have loaner day packs. Remember, you are responsible for monitoring the weather and carrying the necessary items required for emergency overnight camping in case you are unable to complete the entire slack pack. This is a very difficult slack pack and is suggested only to thru hikers or those  familiar with trail running in the White Mountains. The Rattle River Hostel is not responsible for rescue and is not liable for any injuries. Be prepared!

Location of the Rattle River Hostel on the Appalachian Trail.

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Rattle River Lodge and Hostel

592 State Route 2, Shelburne, NH 03581, US


Dates / Hours of Operation

June 1st - October 15th :: OPEN daily, 8 AM - 8 PM

March 31st - May 1st :: CLOSED for mud season

(Call or email to ask about in between dates.)