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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
You'll have a good time at Troutville's Trail Days the weekend of June 7-9, 2013.
I hope to see you there!
Tags: Attractions, Events, Tourism, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Hiking Gear, Appalachian Trail Community, Festivals, and Music
Appalachian Trail hikers in Virginia will love Troutville Trail Days! The free music? Maybe. The free camping? Sure. The free food? Oh, yeah, baby! Woo-hoo!
If a man asks a woman, "Hey! Wanna go to Troutville?" he will strike out. But if he says, "Hey! Wanna go to Troutville Trail Days?" he's got a date.
Do you remember attending any of these 2013 Appalachian Trail events? Many of made lifelong friends at them.
Appalachian Trail events take place from early March until September from Georgia to Maine. It's the best way to see the Trail without getting blisters.
We hope to see you at one of the 2014 Appalachian Trail events that take place all along the AT -- from Maine to Georgia.