ROAN MOUNTAIN, Tenn. – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, along with the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club, Appalachian Long Distance Hiking Association, Roan Mountain Citizens Club and the Carter County Tourism Council, will have the official designation of Roan Mountain, as the newest Appalachian Trail Community™ 1:30 p.m. April 24 at Roan Mountain Community Park.
After ATC representatives and community leaders have had a chance to speak, the Roan Mountain Appalachian Trail Community signage will be revealed and a proclamation will be read. A reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation.
The Appalachian Trail Community™ program was created by the ATC to recognize communities that promote and care for the Appalachian Trail. Working with a growing network of trailside community partners, the program supports communities that play a role in advocating the Appalachian Trail as a significant local and national asset and as an international icon. The program assists communities by generating awareness and stimulating outdoor recreation while preserving and protecting the Appalachian Trail.
The designation ceremony is the first of two events to celebrate Roan Mountain’s new partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The Roan Mountain Appalachian Trail Community Advisory Board is planning a community trail festival May 5-7. More details about the festival will be released in coming weeks.
For more information about the A.T. Community™ program, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/atcommunity.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
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