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Trail Community Program

The Appalachian Trail Community™ program (http://www.appalachiantrail.org/what-we-do/community-engagement/appalachian-trail-communities) is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).  Towns, counties, and communities along the A.T.’s corridor are considered assets by A.T. hikers and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation, while preserving and protecting the A.T. 

Currently ODATC, along with TATC and NBATC, are actively partnering with the Nelson County ATC Community Program.  Nelson County was officially recognized as the ATC’s newest ATC Community in October 2012 (http://www.appalachiantrail.org/who-we-are/news/2012/09/20/nelson-county-virginia-designated-an-appalachian-trail-community-).   The county along with the trail clubs, the NPS and community businesses is currently working on plans for their first community trail education event to be held on the grounds of the Devil’s Backbone Brewery on National Trail Day, June 1, 2013 (http://www.nelsoncounty-va.gov/Park%20Programs/national-trails-day-celebrate-the-appalachian-trail-in-nelson-county/).  Volunteers are needed to help with ODATC’s contributions to this event which include leading hikes, an ODATC / AT information booth and backpacking demonstration / information.  Please contact David Grimes at odatc.outreach@gmail.com if you can help!

Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club (c). 
P.O. Box 25283 
Richmond, VA 23260-5283
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