Troutville Trail Days Celebrates the Appalachian Trail

Troutville's Trail Days Celebration takes place at Troutville Town Park. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Troutville's Trail Days Celebration takes place at Troutville Town Park. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

For 2015, Troutville Trail Days in Troutville, Virginia, takes place from Friday, June 5th through Sunday, June 7th.

It's hard to tell who enjoys this celebration of the Appalachian Trail at Troutville Trail Days more -- those who hike our beloved path or those who come to see (and smell) real, live hikers.

No wonder one of the most popular events at Troutville Trail Days is the Hiker Hustle 5K race, held this year at 9 AM on Saturday. You'll get terrific exercise and much needed fresh air on your jaunt.

Hikers only want to know a few of the basics about what awaits at Troutville Trail Days:

  • Free food
  • Free camping
  • Free showers
  • Free music and
  • More free food.
Troutville -- an official Appalachian Trail Community -- is "hiker friendly!" ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Troutville is an official Appalachian Trail Community. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Please note that dogs are not permitted in the park. However, there will be housing next to the park at the home of a veterinarian for all dogs of thru-hikers only.

Here's a glimpse into the hiker-friendly attitude of Troutville, VA:

The community is encouraged and invited to come and welcome the thru-hikers at the Troutville Church of the Brethren Friday evening from 5 pm-7 pm. Thanks to the hard work and donations of five local churches, the thru-hikers will be fed a wonderful meal.

Come and socialize and hear stories from these amazing men and women making the almost 2,200 mile trek from Georgia to Maine.

How could you not love Troutville for calling thru-hikers "amazing men and women"?

The Portal to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Troutville, VA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Portal to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Troutville, VA ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Those of us who do not live in the woods will be happy to know there will be free music and free food, but town folks and visitors will be interested in the BBQ Cook-Off and the Community Mural project.

Feeling lucky?

Go on a guided hike onto the Appalachian Trail!

Don't be afraid. All the hikers will be in town looking for free food.

No one will toss any Trail Dust and talk you into walking with them to Mount Katahdin in Maine.

Probably.

Troutville Trail Days Schedule


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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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