The 3rd Annual Troutville Trail Days will bring fun and thru-hikers to the delightful town of Troutville, Virginia, Friday through Sunday, June 6th through the 8th.
Troutville, in my humble opinion, has one of the prettiest portals to the Appalachian Trail.
The festivities are sponsored by Outdoor Trails. Everything is open to the public, so don't think you cannot attend if you have bathed in the past month or so.
In fact, non-stinky people are SO welcome (How welcome are they?) that Troutville offers FREE showers and laundry service at the fire station.
Please Note: Although it seems reasonable, we cannot verify that firemen will turn water hoses on the most pungent denizens of the Appalachian Trail; nor does it appear that firemen will actually launder the clothes of malodorous backpackers. Sadly, it appears hikers must wash their own clothes.
After thru-hikers bathe, wash, clean themselves up and "blow the stink off," they will be well fed at Troutville Park -- for FREE! Oh, yeah. The only unofficial request made of hikers is that they bathe, wash, clean themselves up and/or blow the stink off themselves before partaking of din-din. Free food. Made by real people in what they call "kitchens." Offered at no charge.
For hikers who haven't worn off enough snootiness and who believe a free shower and free food -- along with a hero's welcome -- aren't enough, there will be free music, games, free shuttles, free tubing and free camping.
Seriously. You can't get all that by going back home to your family.
Live it up at Troutville Trail Days, June 6-8, 2014, in beautiful downtown Troutville, Virginia.
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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!
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.