Our delightful pals at Mountain Crossings Outfitters invite you to hike or drive to Neel Gap (no, it's not "Neels Gap") up on Blood Mountain at Walasi-Yi, smack-dab on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia for their Annual Thru-Hiker Season Kick-Off Party!
Thru-hikers will flock out of the forest and find a party with live music, food, fun for the whole family, a gear raffle and gear demonstrations.
Get a gear shakedown while you're there. Your back and knees will thank you for the next 2,175 miles.
This year's fun includes good ol' bluegrass pickin' from 1-5 PM on Saturday, February 27, 2016, with a s'mores making station, hot dogs on the grill, face painting and hair wrapping for the kiddos.
We will hold a gear raffle that benefits the AT History Project. Their efforts document the building of the Appalachian Trail, in connection to the Civilian Conservation Corps in Union County.
Gear will include anything from daypacks, hydropacks, clothing, water bottles, cookware and much more.
Visit Mountain Crossings for the Thru-Hiker Season Kick-Off Party -- a day of reveling in the mountains and celebrating the Appalachian Trail!
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Meet some of the world's most adventurous hikers at the annual Thru Hiker Kick Off Party at Mountain Crossings Outfitters in North Georgia.
Hike up to Neel Gap on Blood Mountain on Saturday, February 28, 2015 for the Thru-Hiker Kickoff Party. Free gifts, fabulous folks, fancy fiddling and food!
Blood Mountain is peaceful today. That hasn't always been true. In fact, it's a former battlefield.
Enjoy an afternoon celebrating the Trail at 2016 Appalachian Trail Events.
The annual Holiday Open House Party at Appalachian Trail Conservancy's headquarters in Harpers Ferry, WV, melds the old with the new for a memorable time.
Come celebrate the Appalachian Trail's Flip-Flop Kickoff Weekend in Harpers Ferry, WV. Kiss mountain sailors goodbye before they sail the hills to Katahdin.
Thinking of attempting a thru-hike of the AT? Read Doctor Grumpy's Ten Tips for Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers before you hit the Trail.
Published Aug 16, 2014.