Harpers Ferry, WV (November 19, 2013) – On November 23rd, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) will celebrate the official designation of Narrows, Virginia as the newest Appalachian Trail Community™. As part of the town’s historic Rt. 61 Bridge dedication and celebration, the day’s activities will include a ribbon cutting, parade, music and magic show. The event begins at 11:00 am at the Rt. 460 side of the Bridge and is free to the public. The ATC and town leaders will speak at the Farmers Market, with a proclamation-signing and an unveiling of new community signs.
The Appalachian Trail Community™ designation is a new program of the ATC, the nonprofit responsible for management and protection of the estimated 2,180-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Launched in 2010, this program recognizes communities for their part in promoting awareness of the Appalachian Trail as an important local and national asset.
James "Buddy" Kast, Assistant Town Manager, “welcomes this wonderful opportunity as an official Appalachian Trail Community, to continue hosting hikers from the Appalachian Trail. A stop in Narrows offers hikers a resting spot with lodging, laundry, post office, grocery store, parks, restaurants and shopping. The confluence of New River and Wolf Creek in the midst of town offers close activities for a break in their trek, and they can stop in the Town Offices for brochures and information on a variety of local attractions and activities. We look forward to introducing Narrows to many Appalachian Trail travelers in the coming years as well as introducing A.T. visitors to our welcoming town!”
Event Agenda, starting at 11:00 am:
- National Anthem & Flag raising
- Dedication of “Randall W. Fletcher Memorial Bridge”
- Ribbon Cutting & Cannon Salute
- PARADE (over the river to Farmers Market)
- Mural of Narrows Dedication
- A.T. Community Designation Ceremony - taking place at the Farmers Market
- NHS/NEMS Choir
- Proclamation and Sign dedication
- Lilly’s Magic Show
- Crawdad Creek Old Time Band
- Giles Mountain String Band
Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community™ and participation in the program is aimed to
- Engage community residents, Trail visitors, and stewards
- Thank communities for their decades of service to hikers
- Act as a catalyst for sustainable economic development
- Aid municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning initiatives
- Promote the Trail as a community resource and asset
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail,” states Julie Judkins, Community Program Manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. “These new partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens.”
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. The A.T. is a unit of the National Park System, stretching from Georgia to Maine, at approximately 2,180 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 hours of their time doing trail-related work each year, and between 2 and 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year.
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.
Contact: Julie Judkins
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 828.254.3708 x11
Email: [email protected]