All About the Appalachian Trail

The 2,190-mile-long Appalachian Trail is known as one of the greatest hiking tails in the world. The trail, dating back to the 1920s, spans from Georgia to Maine and passes through 14 states along the way. For hikers who are seeking the ultimate challenge, or day trippers who just want a taste of one of the world’s most famous trails, the Appalachian Trail is the place to be.

Trail Details

Part of the Appalachian Trail’s greatness is in the numbers. Roughly 3 million hikers visit the trail at one point or another every year, and the highest point has been noted as Clingman’s Dome in Tennessee. The dome stands 6,643-feet high.

Those who want to hike the trail in its entirety should plan on spending five to seven months cruising along the carefully marked path. However, Andrew Thompson blazed through the trail in 2005 with a record-setting time of just 47 days, 13 hours and 31 minutes.

Finding Your Way

Whether you choose to tackle the trail in day trips or as part of a much longer journey, you’ll be happy to see that the trail is well-marked. White blazes, 2-inches by 6-inches in size, mark the trail along the way. There are also more than 250 campgrounds and shelters along the route, so wherever you travel along the trail, it’s likely there’s a place to rest nearby.

Staying Safe

The Appalachian Trail is known as a safe place to hike. The greatest wildlife dangers along the trail are Copperhead snakes, the Eastern Timber Rattlesnake and the American Black Bear. Mosquito and tick repellant is necessary to prevent harm from the woodland ticks, which are also common. Other Appalachian Trail wildlife varies greatly based on where you’re traveling, but there’s no doubt that photo-worthy wildlife sightings will take place along your journey.

Make an RV Your Home Base

An RV is the perfect home base for Appalachian Trail excursions. Find your dream RV for your 2016 adventures along the trail right here at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y.


The 2016 Jayco Redhawk

Class C motorhomes offer the perfect combination of luxurious amenities and maneuverability. If you’ve been looking for the ultimate Class C motorhome to get out on the roads more in 2016, the new Jayco Redhawk is it. Combining high-end interior and exterior features with a smooth ride and ultimate durability, the Redhawk has proven itself as one of the top Class C motorhomes in the industry.

2016 Jayco Redhawk Floorplans

The 2016 Jayco Redhawk is available in six different floorplan options. Travelers can choose between two floorplans with the Chevy chassis and four Ford chassis floorplans. Whichever chassis you choose, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the amount of space in your new Redhawk. Whether you’re interested in more sleeping space for family and friends, a more spacious residential kitchen or plenty of room to entertain, there’s a Redhawk floorplan to suit your wants and needs.

Interior Luxuries

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The Jayco Redhawk is designed to provide a luxurious and comfortable RV atmosphere that invites you to stay on the road longer. Travelers enjoy frameless windows, a rear back-up camera and monitor, a 32-inch LED HDTV, honey cherry cabinetry, a water filtration system, vinyl flooring, an interior command center, under-bed storage spaces, a Denver mattress, and countless other high-end touches in every nook and cranny.

Exterior Perks

The 2016 Jayco Redhawk is designed to make your RV lifestyle easier than ever before. This RV’s 55-gallon fuel tank, deluxe remote controlled side-view mirrors, TuffShell vacuum-bonded laminated roof, electric-powered entry step, pass-through storage compartments, outdoor shower, Onan 4,000-watt MicroQuiet generator and long list of other exterior features make cruising down the road, setting up at the campsite and enjoying your stay as easy as one, two, three.

Start 2016 Off Right

There’s no better way to start a new year than with a new RV. Stop in and see us at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y., to find out our unbeatable price on the new 2016 Redhawk.


Cooked Ham Recipes for the Holidays

Thanksgiving has barely passed, and it’s already time to start thinking about more holiday meals. The Thanksgiving turkey is often substituted for ham at dinner tables in December, and this mouthwatering glazed baked ham recipe is guaranteed to impress all of your holiday guests.

Honey Thyme Glazed Baked Ham

What you’ll need:

  • 12 ready-to-eat cooked, bone-in ham (uncut, not spiral cut)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme (or 2 teaspoons dry thyme)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Cooking instructions:

  1. Remove the ham from the refrigerator, without removing the wrapping, two hours before you intend to cook it. The ham should be room temperature before cooking.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and place the ham on a roasting pan (lined with foil) with the fatty side up.
  3. Remove any skin on the ham if desired. Score a diamond pattern into the fat with a knife roughly 1/4-inch deep and with parallel lines about 1 1/2 inches apart. Score the fat of the ham but not the meat itself.
  4. Prepare your glaze by mixing the thyme into the hot, melted butter and letting it rest for several minutes.
  5. In a small saucepan over high heat, reduce the cider vinegar from 1/4 cup to 1 tablespoon. Remove the vinegar from the heat.
  6. Whisk the butter adn thyme into the vinegar. Stir in the honey, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar.
  7. Brush the glaze onto the ham. Work the glaze into the scored sections.
  8. Bake for 1.5 hours, checking after 1 hour. The internal temperature of the ham should be between 110-degrees and 120-degrees when finished.
  9. Baste the ham twice during the cooking process.
  10. Finish the ham in the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes.
  11. Take the ham out of the oven and brush it with the pan’s juices. Cover with foil and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Don’t forget to stop and see us right here at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, N.Y., for all of your holiday season RV needs.


December Events Near Nichols

The holiday season is now in full swing, and that means there are tons of exciting things to do in Nichols, N.Y., and its surrounding areas. Whether you’re interested in a family-friendly winter festival or a chance to call in a babysitter for the night, you’re guaranteed to find something exciting to do this December.

The following are three of the top things to do around Nichols this season, but we don’t doubt you’ll find some unforgettable experiences all your own.

Tioga Downs WinterFest

WinterFest 2015 at Tioga Downs will be held from Nov. 28, through Dec. 27, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and on Dec. 28, 29, and 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The annual event at the casino is family friendly and is set to feature singing tree shows, magical dancing lights, horse drawn wagon rides, an ice sculpting contest, a lighted holiday parade, a holiday craft show, and so much more.  WinterFest is always free and open to the public.

32nd Annual Dickens of Christmas

Celebrate the holiday season as though it’s still the Victorian Era at the 32nd Annual Dickens of Christmas celebration in Wellsboro. Enjoy Santa and Scrooge meet-and-greets, costume contests, strolling musicians, and food and craft vendors lining the streets. The event will take place on Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ring in the New Year

Head back to Tioga Downs on New Year’s Eve for the annual Ring in the New Year event. This adults-only New Year’s celebration with feature live entertainment by Virgil Cain, a $2,016 cash drawing, numerous opportunities to win cash and so much more. Entertainment will be on stage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and the casino will remain open until 3 a.m.

Celebrate with Us

Celebrate the holiday season right here at Jim’s RV Center. If you’re looking for a more enjoyable RV lifestyle in 2016, there’s no better way to start than with an incredible deal on a top-quality new or used RV.