Appalachian Trail's 75th Anniversary Party

Published Jul 24, 2012

Happy 75th Anniversary Appalachian Trail!

You're invited to the celebration planned for the weekend of August 11 & 12, 2012 at the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) in Harpers Ferry, WV.

The Harpers Ferry National Historical Park (HFNHP) and the Friends of the Appalachian Trail in Harpers Ferry-Bolivar are working with the ATC for a fun and informational weekend.

Event highlights include guest speakers, food, music, food, workshops, activities, music, cool displays, food, music and a parade.

The Mather Training Center, part of the historic Storer College campus, will host presentations from trail notables:

  • Leonard Adkins, author and five time A.T. thru-hiker
  • Gene Espy, second person to thru-hike the AT
  • Lucy Seeds, daughter of Grandma Gatewood, the first female solo thru-hiker.

The National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV will also host a Saturday evening presentation by Larry Luxenberg -- president of the AT Museum -- about the history of the AT.

Other programs include:

  • Leave No Trace(TM) techniques
  • Tips for female hikers
  • A thru-hiking workshop
  • Animals and wildflowers of the AT
  • A photographic tour of the Trail
  • Famous women of the AT
  • Poems and stories of the AT
  • Night sky astronomy and
  • The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club's (PATC) influence on the development of the Trail.
  • Children's activities, including a 14-state mini-hike & a climbing wall, will be hosted at the Mather Training Center.

Executive Director and CEO of the ATC Mark Wenger said, "The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to commemorate this milestone in Appalachian Trail history. What better way to celebrate this occasion than providing a weekend filled with hiking-related workshops and activities geared to get people outside and active on the trail."

Influential folks from many agencies that manage the AT will make presentations.

Musical performances will begin Saturday at 2 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. Performers include local favorites Chelsea McBee and Justin Staines, and AT musicians Randy "Windtalker" Motz, Eric "Fiddler" Zimmerman and Mary Sue "Southern Harp" Roach. The Will Freed Band from Ohio will be the final act.

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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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