Monson, ME: SummerFest, Begins July 20, 2012

If you head south from Mount Katahdin, you enter what's affectionately known as the 100-Mile Wilderness.

(Ooops. Didn't know that, huh? Sheesh. Sorry. But if Princess Buttercup could get through the Fire Swamp, how bad could the 100-Mile Wilderness be? ~~ OK. Well, just be glad there aren't any flying monkeys. Probably.)

Then you come to Monson, Maine. (Not hard to figure out why it's popular, ya think?)

If you are northbound from Springer Mountain, Monson, Maine, is the last town you'll see before entering the 100-Mile Wilderness. Kudos to the brave souls who don't say, "Hundred mile WHAT? I'm staying here. Send me a postcard, dude."

Let me rephrase that, please. Monson is the last town you'll see before entering the 100-Mile Wilderness and hiking all the way to Mount Katahdin!

The kindhearted residents of Monson are famous for their care for those who transit the 100-Mile Wilderness.

That's one of the reasons the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has named Monson an official Appalachian Trail Community(TM).

The ATC website states these goals for AT Communities:

  • Engage community citizens, trail visitors and stewards
  • Recognize and thank communities for their service to the trail and hikers
  • Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
  • Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
  • Help local community members see the trail as a resource and asset

Monson, Maine, celebrates its designation as an AT Community during its three-day SummerFest, scheduled for the weekend of July 20-23, 2012.

Grab a friend and come to glorious Monson, Maine -- Gateway to Moosehead Lake -- and join the fun.

Tags: Attractions, Events, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Hiking Gear, Appalachian Trail Community, Festivals, and Music

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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