Troutville, Virginia: An Appalachian Trail Community

When the average person thinks of "Troutville" several thoughts immediately come to mind:

1) A man came up with the town's name after ignoring his wife's pleas.

2) Trout? You named your town after trout? Really? Did somebody lose a bet?

However, to the astute aficionado of the Appalachian Trail, "Troutville" means "PARTY Time!!!" because of Troutville's Trail Days celebration.

Yes, Troutville -- now the honored recipient of the coveted Appalachian Trail Community designation by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy -- joins the growing list of towns that celebrate their proximity to the AT.

Appalachian Trail Communities promote and protect the AT, and are neighborly to those who hike the trail.

Appalachian Trail Communities share these goals:

  • 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

We're thankful to the fine people of Troutville (named after early residents John, Jim, and George Trout) for joining the ranks of those who work to maintain the AT for today's hikers and for future generations ... and for hosting Trail Days.

Click Here for the Troutville's Trail Days Celebration

Click Here for Troutville's Website

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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If a man asks a woman, "Hey! Wanna go to Troutville?" he will strike out. But if he says, "Hey! Wanna go to Troutville Trail Days?" he's got a date.

Appalachian Trail hikers in Virginia will love Troutville Trail Days! The free music? Maybe. The free camping? Sure. The free food? Oh, yeah, baby! Woo-hoo!

Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.