ASHEVILLE, N.C. (Nov. 23, 2015) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is inviting Appalachian Trail (A.T.) hikers and enthusiasts to a Hiker Happy Hour at Black Dome Mountain Sports, located at 140 Tunnel Road in Asheville, North Carolina. The casual, drop-in event is free and open to the public and will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9.
People who have hiked any length on the A.T. are invited to come share their interest or passion for the Trail that unites them. The event is open to long distance hikers, section-hikers, flip-floppers, weekend adventurers, families, and dreamers. It’s an opportunity for hikers of all types to get to know one another, network, share ideas, and learn more about the ATC’s efforts to protect the A.T.
“We enjoy getting to know people in our community who love or want to learn about the Appalachian Trail,” said Morgan Sommerville, the ATC’s southern regional director.
Sommerville said the event also gives people the chance to sign up to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities and about workshops centered on hiking and Leave No Trace principles, which promote responsible hiking practices.
Expect door prizes and a raffle for a chance to win A.T. goodies!
For more information about the event, call the ATC’s southern regional office at 828.254.3708.
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.
Contact: Leanna Joyner
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Email: [email protected]