Narrows, Virginia: An Appalachian Trail Community

Appalachian Trail Community LogoThe Appalachian Trail (AT) runs a few miles south of Narrows, Virginia, but it's worth the extra hike to travelers on the Trail to visit this friendly town.

How friendly is Narrows? So friendly that the discerning folks at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) -- including my pal, Julie Judkins -- say Narrows has earned the distinction of Appalachian Trail Community.

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Narrows, VA, is in Giles County, along the banks of the New River near West Virginia, less than 10 miles west of Pearisburg, VA, another AT Community.

To celebrate the honor, Narrows -- along with the ATC, the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club and the Outdoor Club of Virginia Tech -- hopes you'll visit on Saturday, November 23, 2013, for their Appalachian Trail Community(TM) designation ceremony, in conjunction with their Historic Rt. 61 Bridge Dedication and Celebration.


The free festivities begin on the Historic Rt. 61 Bridge.

  • 11 AM: National Anthem & Flag raising
  • Dedication of "Randall W. Fletcher Memorial Bridge"
  • Ribbon Cutting & Cannon Salute
  • PARADE (over the river to Farmers Market)
  • Mural of Narrows Dedication

Note: Please duck during the cannon salute. Thank you.

The Appalachian Trail Community Designation Ceremony will be held at the Farmers Market at the end of the parade route.

Stuff to Look Forward to at the Designation Ceremony

  1. NHS/NEMS Choir
  2. Fascinating Remarks
  3. Proclamation and Sign Dedication
  4. Lilly's Magic Show
  5. Music from the Crawdad Creek Old Time Band and
  6. Giles Mountain String Band

Please Note: Neither the Town of Narrows nor the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will be held responsible for anyone turned into a frog at Lilly's Magic Show. Thank you.

Honored Guests & Speakers

  • Regional ATC Director Andrew Downs
  • Narrows Mayor Clayton Davis
  • Board Chairwoman Barbara Hobbs, Giles County
  • Joseph R. Yost: Member, Virginia House of Delegates
  • Senator John S. Edwards 21st District of Virginia
  • Eastern Divide District Ranger Cindy Schiffer, George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
  • ATC Director of Conservation Laura Belleville


From 11:00 am to noon the Bridge and ACCESS ROADS will be closed. Please park in town prior to 10:30 and walk across the bridge.

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Tags: Appalachian Trail, Appalachian Trail Clubs, and Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club

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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