Monson, Maine: An Appalachian Trail Community

If you go to MonsonMaine.org (see link below) you'll read:

"The famed Appalachian Trail crosses Maine Route 15 just a few miles north of town at what is known as The Ledges. Monson is therefore the last town that northbound hikers encounter before embarking on the One-Hundred Mile Wilderness, or the first town southbound hikers encounter after completing the One-Hundred Mile Wilderness. The 100-Mile Wilderness is a remote stretch of trail situated between Monson and Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park. Hundreds of AT hikers enjoy a refreshing visit in Monson each hiking season to stock up on supplies, get a shower, enjoy a home-cooked meal, nurse a blister, and pick up their mail at the Monson Post Office. A number of facilities offer hikers a friendly and hospitable place to spend the night."

Sounds exactly like the kind of place you'd want to find near something called the One-Hundred-Mile Wilderness ... or the Five-Mile Wilderness, for that matter.

Heavenly places along the AT are being recognized by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy through their Appalachian Trail Community(TM) program that rewards towns that protect the AT and its denizens.

The ATC website states these goals for AT Communities:

  • Engage community citizens, trail visitors and stewards
  • Recognize and thank communities for their service to the trail and hikers
  • Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
  • Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
  • Help local community members see the trail as a resource and asset

Monson, Maine, will celebrate its designation as an AT Community during its three-day SummerFest, scheduled for the weekend of July 20-23, 2012.

Grab a friend and come to glorious Monson, Maine -- Gateway to Moosehead Lake -- and join the fun.

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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