In fact, Unicoi County was the fourth community to ever receive this treasured title. Since 2009, the name of the honor has become the Appalachian Trail Community(TM) program, but the valuable contribution from our friends in this beloved section of the AT has only grown.
The AT runs for more than 50 miles inside Unicoi County -- almost 20% of the total within all of Tennessee. Six trailheads offer convenient parking for access to the trail.
Unicoi County -- named after the Cherokee Indian word for "fog-like" -- is a delightful haven with a rich cultural and historical past. The Cherokee National Forest comprises roughly half of the entire county.
The Appalachian Trail Community program has these goals:
We are grateful to Unicoi County, TN, for their outstanding contributions to the health and welfare of the Appalachian Trail.
Published Mar 11, 2013.
Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
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