Millinocket, Maine, has received one of the highest honors bestowed upon towns along the Appalachian Trail.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has accepted Millinocket as an official Appalachian Trail Community(TM), joining Monson and Rangeley as Maine's three AT Communities.
Millinocket's slogan is "The Way Northern Maine Should Be." The town of 5,000 in Penobscot County is known for treating AT hikers they way they should be and they deserve this recognition. The town's name means "the land of many islands" and is derived from all the islands in the nearby Penobscot River.
As the town closest to the AT's northern terminus at Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, hikers headed southbound rest up before entering the 100-Mile-Wilderness. NoBo (northbound) folks on the Trail celebrate their survival as they exit the wilderness, happy that rumors of flying monkeys were false. Probably.
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A celebration will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2013, to commemorate the designation at Veteran's Memorial Park.
"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail," said Julie Judkins, community program manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. "These new partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens."
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