Blacksburg, Virginia, is the latest community to make plans to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Appalachian Trail.
The original trail took more than 15 years to build and was completed on August 14, 1937.
Thousands of lives have been changed by strolling along or thru-hiking the AT -- the world's longest hiking-only footpath.
The AT meanders 2,181 miles from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Maine's Mount Katahdin. Between those two points hikers find wondrous wonders, fellow sojourners and sometimes ... they find themselves.
Hundreds of volunteers, state and federal partners, local trail-maintaining clubs, the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) combined their efforts to strike the trail.
The AT blesses 14 states along the Appalachian Mountain range. More than a quarter-million acres of land are protected and managed along the trail.
More than 2,000 adventurous souls attempt to thru-hike the trail each year. "Only" 25% actually go all the way, but we consider them all heroes for pursuing their dreams instead of languishing in the land of "I wish I would have hiked the AT."
The ATC Southwest Virginia Regional 75th Anniversary Celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14th at 6:30 PM.
It's the kick-off event for monthly gatherings to meet with like-minded people in our area. Meet new people, talk about hiking and enjoy great food & beverages.
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Led by Virginia Tech researcher Jeff Marion, scientists will gather and study ecological data about the Appalachian Trail in 2015.