Catch Troutville, VA's Trail Days


Troutville, Virginia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Troutville, Virginia, is a bit north of Roanoke on I-81. It's one of zillions of American towns you drive by ... never reeling in the wondrous wonders within.

Troutville is also the kind of town Appalachian Trail thru-hikers walk by. McAfee Knob and Blackhorse Gap are dandy attractions, but Troutville has some too.

The weekend of June 7-9, 2013 will be one of the best times to visit. That's when the Second Annual Troutville Trail Days will be held in honor of the Appalachian Trail.

The festivities -- organized by Together for Troutville, Inc. and sponsored by the Bank of Fincastle, Outdoor Trails Outdoor Equipment & Clothier, and the New River Electrical Corporation -- will be held at the Troutville Town Park.

Trail Days is the perfect place for AT hikers to take a "zero" day or two.

Hiker Friendly Stuff

  • Nice people
  • Free food
  • Music
  • Free camping
  • Free food
  • Free gear repair
  • Free showers at the fire department
  • Free movie Friday night
  • Free food
  • Fun people
  • Free laundry (but donations probably won't be refused)
  • Re-energize, refuel and restock in Troutville!

There will be a welcome dinner and movie on Friday night for thru-hikers at the Troutville Church of the Brethren, with support from the First Baptist Church of Troutville. A second dinner option will be available to make sure all the thru-hikers get a free meal on Friday night. St. Mark's Lutheran Church and Hope Fellowship Church will be providing the meal at the Hope Fellowship Church next to the Thriftway.


The Portal to the Appalachian Trail in Troutville, Virginia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Saturday kicks-off with breakfast from 7 AM until 10 AM at the Town Park, prepared by the good folks of Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

The Second Annual Hiker's Hustle 5K race starts at 9 AM. Check the website below for registration info. The Hiker's Hustle 5K will take place rain or shine.

Opening ceremonies begin at 11:30 on the main stage with Mayor Bill Rader and T4T (Together for Troutville) President Sybille Nelson.

Children of all ages are invited for special activities from 10 until 5 PM:

  • making bamboo walking sticks
  • pouring plaster casts of wild life tracks
  • playing outdoor relay games
  • receiving washable trail tattoos and
  • face painting.

Boy Scout Troop 137 will display educational information at their booth and will provide demonstrations in knot tying, map and compass use, and identifying tree ages and leaves. The Boy Scouts will also be selling hotdogs from 10 AM until 2 PM.

Enjoy great live music from 11 AM until 8:30 PM. These folks will perform:

  • Cherokee Road
  • Me and Martha
  • Jesse Ray Carter
  • Joyful Noise,
  • Friends of Praise and
  • Blue Cedars.

At 7:30 PM, a Jamboree is planned for hikers to share their musical talents.

Outdoor Trails of Daleville will host hiking clinics in the park from noon 'til 4 PM on:

  • Hiking 101
  • How to Pack a Backpack
  • Water Filtration & treatment Demos
  • Stove and Food Demos and
  • What to eat on the trail.


The site of Trail Days in Troutville, Virginia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

You'll have a good time at Troutville's Trail Days the weekend of June 7-9, 2013.

I hope to see you there!

Click Here for Troutville's Trail Days Website

Click Here for the Appalachian Trail Community of Troutville

Tags: Attractions, Events, Tourism, 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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