The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will host a series of celebratory activities in the beginning of August for the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail.
The events will be held from Aug. 1 to Aug. 4 at 4 East First St., in Boiling Springs.
Events include a series of family-friendly hikes, full moon evening hikes, education-based hikes and an open house of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office.
“This year marks a milestone for the Appalachian Trail,” said Mark Wenger, executive director and CEO of the ATC. “Not only does this anniversary celebrate the completion of the Trail, it also celebrates the unique collaboration and determination of countless individuals, private organizations, and state and federal agencies in their efforts to complete this long-distance hiking trail from Maine to Georgia.”
Activities begin Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. with a presentation by Michele Miller, the ATC’s regional program resources manager, on local plants and animals along the trail. A six-mile hike of the trail with Karen Balaban, past-president of the Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club, will follow the presentation.
On Thursday, Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Bring-A-Friend Hike beginning at Victoria Trail, one of the many side trails offering access to the Appalachian Trail. More experienced hikers are encouraged to bring a friend or family member. The hike is more challenging and will be led by Trisha Sanders of the SATC.
Two full moon hikes will be offered on Aug. 2 at 7:15 p.m. In one, hikers will be led along the White Rocks Trail by Mike O’Connor of the Mountain Club of Maryland. The group will visit Center Point Knob and finish by hiking three miles to Iron Furnace through woods and open fields. The other hike will also be led by Karen Balaban along a two-mile stretch of the trail to Table Rock.
A Hiking 101 presentation will be offered on Friday, Aug. 3 at 6 p.m. by Bob Sickley, ATC’s trail resources manager; Kim Williams, ATC landscape protection coordinator; and Kim McKee, ATC PA ACT 24 coordinator. All three have thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and will share their stories and give a brief workshop on Leave No Trace principles. A three-mile hike along the trail will follow, led by Rob Shaw of the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club.
Another full moon hike will be offered on Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. to Miller Gap in Perry County. Led by Jim Foster, CVATC president, hikers will travel along Blue Mountain on the Darlington trail before enjoying the moonlight at Miller Gap.
The final hike will begin on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. Hikers will travel along the Shikellimy trail to the Appalachian Trail, and then on to Peters Mountain and Clarks Creek.
For more information about the 75th anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail and these events, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/75.