Narrows, Virginia -- conveniently located 12 miles west of Ripplemead and not terribly far from Woods Hole Hostel -- is a cool little town all cuddled up to a bend in the New River.
They've earned such respect among hikers. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy made Narrows an official Appalachian Trail Community, about 3.6 miles west of the nobo 634.6 mile point.
You probably won't find Martha and the Vandellas, but if you hit this party you can dance in the street without them. Yes, there will music everywhere. It doesn't matter what you wear, just as long as you are there.
Feast at food trucks, ride a hay wagon and go for a hike around Mill Creek or paddle the Mill Pond. Paint a pumpkin or play Bingo! Get all fancy and try to win a costume contest.
There might be a prize for finding the official ATC tent (don't get your hopes up) where you'll learn all about the Appalachian Trail near Narrows.
This is an invitation across the nation ... a chance for folks to meet. See you there?
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Do you remember attending any of these 2013 Appalachian Trail events? Many of made lifelong friends at them.
Dahlonega, GA, has the first Appalachian Trail festival annually. The Trails End Festival in Millinocket, Maine, honors the thru-hikers who never gave up.
Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Published Oct 2, 2013.