Rangeley, ME, became Maine's second Appalachian Trail Community(TM), following in the boot prints of Monson, ME, which might gloat about being first. (And why not? Some accomplishments are worth an extra dose of pride.)
The population of Rangeley is just about a busload more than 1,000 hearty souls, according to the 2000 census. Not a huge place, by many standards -- but enough to know the value of the Appalachian Trail. And what more matters to a thru-hiker?
Saturday, September 15, 2012 was the day for the big presentation by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
The Appalachian Trail Community(TM) program is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (AT). Towns, counties, and communities along the AT's corridor are considered assets by AT hikers and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the trail. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation, while preserving and protecting the AT.
Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community(TM) and participation in the program has these goals:
The 4th Annual Appalachian Trail Town Festival in Rangeley, Maine, will honor AT hikers who pass through Rangeley, Maine (the town, not my cute neighbors).
Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
The 5th Annual Rangeley Trail Town Festival is set for the weekend of September 2-3, 2016, in one of the most delightful villages on the Appalachian Trail.
Appalachian Trail hiker, William Appleby, was rescued by Allie Ladd, the Maine Warden Service and others near Rangeley, Maine, on August 14, 2015.