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!
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.
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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The view from Stecoah Gap is exquisite. Hikers are rewarded with panoramic vistas and a couple of sturdy picnic tables that are perfect for a quick meal.
Some of the filming locations for the movie, A Walk in the Woods, starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte, were easy to spot for Appalachian Trail hikers.
When you have a moment, hike the Appalachian Trail online with us. We'll take you to places you haven't seen & introduce you to hikers you haven't met. Yet.
You can hike the entire Appalachian Trail through the wilderness or you can drive from town to town partying at fun Appalachian Trail events. Choose wisely.