Wind Gap named Appalachian Trail Community

The Appalachian Trail has put Wind Gap, PA on the map – a map of communities along the 2,180-mile trail, that is.

Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community means Wind Gap will be highlighted in guidebooks and hiking maps, and the recognition could be a financial benefit to the borough.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy created the Appalachian Trail Community program to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation, while the communities, in turn, help preserve and protect the trail.

The conservancy website lists only 35 other locations as designated communities along the trail that runs from Georgia to Maine.

There are no designated communities in New Jersey and five in Pennsylvania, including Wind Gap, which was awarded the distinction in March; nearby Delaware Water Gap received its designation in 2014.

One of the benefits of being named a trail destination means trail guidebooks will list the amenities available to hikers in Wind Gap. Hikers on long distance hikes need places along the trail to wash clothes, stock up on food and pick up mail.

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