The best efforts of the ATC couldn't possibly accomplish the enormous task of promoting, maintaining and preserving the AT, so they wisely enlisted the help of other loyal allies through the Appalachian Trail Community(TM) program.
Appalachian Trail Communities work with the ATC to promote and protect one of America's most treasured assets. One such community is Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.
Back in 2006, residents of Boiling Springs met for the Appalachian Trail Gateway Community Forum. The forum drew 125 people to address common issues and concerns related to the AT, adjacent communities and landscapes. Ed McMahon from the Urban Land Institute discussed how communities can protect their unique character.
That meeting, among others, culminated in Boiling Springs being designated an Appalachian Trail Community.
The ATC's website says designation and participation in the program has these goals:
The significance of Boiling Springs is considerable. For example, it is home to the ATC's Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. Their Information Center includes:
The local post office, convenience stores, an ATM, lodging, a hiker-friendly restaurant, and the municipal swimming pool with showers (Memorial Day - Labor Day) are nearby.
The Appalachian Trail and the fine folks in Boiling Springs, PA, go together like gorp and pure water after a long day's hike.
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