The Appalachian Trail Conservancy recently announced details of it's 38th Biennial Conference.
The Conference, which is being called Virginia Journeys 2011, will be held from July 1 – 8, 2011 at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia (about 25 miles east of Bristol).
Hosted by the seven A.T. maintaining clubs of Central and Southwest Virginia, the Biennial Conference will celebrate the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Blue Ridge Mountain Trails of Virginia. Planned around ATC's membership meeting, Virginia Journeys 2011 is also an opportunity for A.T. enthusiasts to take a trail related workshop, hike on the A.T., and explore Damascus, Virginia - the “friendliest town on the trail."
Over 60 different guided hikes to a variety of areas in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and Tennessee will be offered during the week-long event, including more than 190 miles of the Appalachian Trail in a series of section hikes from Dennis Cove Road in Tennessee to Kimberling Creek in Virginia.
There are 13 different hikes with multiple departures in and around the Mt. Rogers High Country area, including several hikes to the summit of Virginia’s highest peak, Mt. Rogers. Whatever you do, don't miss this one - it's one of my all time favorite hikes.
Other hikes include loop hikes using the A.T. and other trails such as the Virginia Creeper Trail, hikes to viewpoints and waterfalls, and several hikes with a nature or history emphasis. There will also be several hikes with swimming opportunities at the end of the hikes in Hungry Mother State Park and Watauga Lake.
Click here for more information on the conference.