Fontana Dam, NC is an Appalachian Trail Community

The AT crosses over Fontana Dam ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The AT crosses over Fontana Dam ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

We're not sure how she did it, but our pal Julie Judkins of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy talked (hello?) North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to declare March 26, 2015 as Appalachian Trail Community Day.

Seriously. Julie looks like a mild-mannered merely above-average hiker, mother, wife, student, ATC employee and friend to strangers, but underneath it all she's SuperWoman!

NC Governor Pat McCrory's Official Statement for Julie Judkins

As you can see from this official invitation, Julie rounded up the most official officials to attend the ceremony welcoming Fontana Dam as an official Appalachian Trail Community. That's big deal.

Honored guests and speakers at this event include Wendy Janssen, superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail; Ron Tipton, executive director of the ATC; Mayor Houston, Fontana Dam; Supervisor Kristin Bail, National Forests of North Carolina; Chair Sara Locke, Town Council; staff from U.S. Senator Burr's office; staff from Congressman Meadows office, 11th District; Christine Hoyer, Great Smoky Mountains National Park; Marshall McClung, local historian and author; and Regional Director Morgan Sommerville of the ATC's Southern Office.

Happy Hikers at Fontana Dam ~~ Robert Sutherland

Happy Hikers at Fontana Dam ~~ Robert Sutherland

The Trail passes by -- and so do thousands of hikers -- but the folks at Fontana Dam make them feel right at home.

Fontana Dam is an exceptional refuge for hikers and we encourage you to stop there on day hikes, section hikes or when you go for your thru-hike!

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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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