Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Franklin, NC to become newest Appalachian Trail Community

On March 23, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and town leaders from Franklin, N.C., will hold a ceremony celebrating the designation by ATC of Franklin as the newest Appalachian Trail Community, with a luncheon and proclamation signing. Mayor Joe Collins; ATC’s Board Chair, Bob Almand; and community representatives will speak. The ceremony will be held at Town Hall board room, 95 East Main Street, Franklin 12:00–1:00 p.m.

The ceremony is part of a week long celebration in Franklin. In addition to the official welcome, Walking with Spring - a series of A.T. related presentations and films - and a photography contest, will be held that week. A few days later, April Fools Trail Days (April 2 - 3) welcomes thru-hikers of the Appalachian Trail as they start their journey north to Katahdin.

Appalachian Trail Communities is a new program of the nonprofit managers of the Appalachian Trail, highlighting the value of trailside communities and towns as a driver for sustainable economic development and the importance of the towns to the A.T. as agents in protecting its complex recreational, volunteer, educational and environmental resources.

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1 comment:

sftriman said...

I hiked part of the Appalachian Trail in the 90's, mostly in the Great Smoky Mountain region. I don't recall Franklin offhand, but that's a great addition to the official trail. If someone is having trouble with hiking gear it'll make for a good stop to get things fixed or pick up food supplies. I'd like to try a 3-5 day outing again on the AP one of these days!