The Appalachian Trail Conservancy honored Bland County -- which proudly preserves 56 miles of the Appalachian Trail -- as the 9th community in Virginia to earn this distinction.
"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail," stated Community Program Manager Julie Judkins of the ATC. "These new partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning, as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens."
To celebrate the designation, the Festival of Trails will be held on Saturday, May 26. Join the celebration at the Bland County Fairgrounds. Here's part of what you can expect:
We'll see you there!
Tags: Attractions, Events, Tourism, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, and Appalachian Trail Community
Dahlonega, GA, has the first Appalachian Trail festival annually. The Trails End Festival in Millinocket, Maine, honors the thru-hikers who never gave up.
Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.