Harpers Ferry, WV (April 28, 2011) –
On Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)’s Visitor Center will celebrate the spring hiking season. May marks the arrival of northbound thru-hikers from Georgia and an upswing in day-hikers and overnight hikers out to enjoy the milder temperatures. Festivities will feature an official unveiling of new visitor center exhibits and displays, kids’ and Leave No Trace activities and stories from recent thru-hikers. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. EVENT OVERVIEW:
When: May 7, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center
799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV
ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT THE DAY:
- 9:30 a.m. – A.T. Hike to the Virginia/West Virginia border on Loudoun Heights, led by Potomac A.T. Club volunteers (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 5 miles, strenuous)
- 10:00 a.m. – Unveiling of New Exhibits
- 11:00 a.m. – “Nitpacking Gear Inspection” – submit your overweight pack to be critiqued by experienced hikers with the goal of safely reducing your pack weight
- 1:00 – A.T. Short Film, The Green Tunnel, presented by director Kevin Gallagher, followed by thru-hiker Q&A and stories
- 2:30 – Bear Bag Throwing Challenge
- 4:00 – A.T. Short Film, The Green Tunnel, presented by director Kevin Gallagher
- New exhibits showcasing the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)
- A “Leave No Trace” treasure hunt
- Special appearance from “Crumbsnatcher” the Mouse
- Backpacker gear displays
- 1-day only, ATC membership special
- Temporary tattoos
ATC is the lead organization in a vast network of private volunteer groups and public agencies that takes care of the 2181-mile-long footpath and the 250,000 acres of public lands it passes through. Founded in 1925 to direct the building of the original Trail (completed in 1937), the ATC remains a volunteer-based, private organization responsible for the preservation and management of this national scenic trail, working with federal and state agencies and its 31 affiliated local organizations. Its headquarters have been in Harpers Ferry since 1972.
Directions to the visitor center can be found at www.appalachiantrail.org or contacting (304) 535-6331.
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission 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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