Appalachian Trail Conservancy Launches 'Third Thursdays' in Pennsylvania Trail Communities

Date Published: Apr 03, 2014

Carlisle, PA (April 3, 2014) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) invites you to step out onto the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) this spring, summer and fall during “Third Thursdays,” a series of free, public events in the Central Pennsylvania region. Events begin in April and run through October with a different event each month. 

“With a focus on art, music, community and volunteer stewardship, Third Thursdays are a terrific way to get involved with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and experience the Appalachian Trail,” said Karen Lutz, ATC regional director.

The ATC’s Third Thursdays kick off with a Virginia Bluebells Hike at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, with the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club. A wildly beautiful carpet of native Virginia Bluebell wildflowers are in the spotlight for this easy, 3.5-mile-hike in the Cumberland Valley. Learn about these native beauties, how they fit into the landscape and how native wildflower charm can be added to gardens. Space is limited; register by calling 717.258.5771 or online at http://atcthirdthursdays.eventbrite.com

Additional Third Thursdays events include a Backyard Market Hike, Boiling Springs History Hike, Cool Off in the Rock Maze Hike, Music & Art in the Park, Yoga Sunset Hike and Nocturnal Friends Hike.

Third Thursdays Event Series Overview:

Virginia Bluebells Hike (3.5 miles, easy)
Date: April 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Carlisle, PA

Backyard Market Hike (4 miles, easy)
Date: May 15
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA

Boiling Springs History Hike (5 miles, moderate)
Date: June 19
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Cool Off in the Rock Maze Hike (3 miles, moderate)
Date: July 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Carlisle, PA

Music & Art in the Park
Date: Aug. 21
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Yoga Sunset Hike (3 miles, easy)
Date: Sept. 18
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Nocturnal Friends Hike (2.5 miles, easy)
Date: Oct. 16
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

For more information about the Third Thursday events series, or to register, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/events.

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 Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 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.

Contact: Javier Folgar                                                                    
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ATHike
Web: www.appalachiantrail.org





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