So i've been hiking for a good 10 years now, and while i was always part of groups, scouts, camp etc.., i'm going at it myself now. I'm looking into hiking the Appalachian Trail particularly in the New England area. I'm looking for some good quality and informative maps as well as guide books. I really would like to know where the shelters are (both the paid and free trailside ones) as well as distances and information regarding where to park your cars and such. Also, for anyone who hikes a lot, suggestions about sites and good places to explore. Any info would be appreciated.