Franklin Trail Days welcomes A.T. hikers

Franklin Trail Days is here for 2017 in Macon County, North Carolina with a lineup of activities on tap to rejuvenate tired Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and entertain local trail enthusiasts.

• The First Baptist Church of Franklin is offering its annual free hiker breakfast seven days per week through April 9. All-you-can-eat pancakes and bacon are on the menu with van pickup from the Budget Inn, Sapphire Inn and Gooder Grove. 828.369.9559.

• The Thru-Hiker Chow Down will offer hikers a free chip-dog lunch and locals a chance to meet 2017’s crop of adventurers, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company. Sponsored by the Nantahala Hiking Club and Lazy Hiker. 828.369.1983.

• A hiker cookout at Gooder Grove will be held Saturday, April 8, giving folks a chance to relax under the pines and see the newest addition to hiker lodging in Franklin. 828.332.0228.

• Easter on the Trail will return Saturday, April 15, with a crew of volunteers hiking the trails to deliver bundles of Easter goodies to thru-hikers. Sign up to make or deliver snacks by calling 828.369.8915.

• The Currahee Brewing Hiker Bash will be held Saturday, April 15, at Currahee Brewing. 828.634.0078.

• The A.T. Celebration at Lazy Hiker Brewing Company will offer live outdoor music starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22. 828.349.2337.

• Beer, Bluegrass and Barbeque will be held all day Saturday, April 29, at Outdoor 76. The N.C. Bartram Trail Society and Nantahala Hiking Club will be on hand to talk about hiking opportunities in Macon County, with Mainspring Conservation Trust firing up the smokers at 5 p.m. Food and beer for purchase will benefit Mainspring. Live music sets will play 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. 828.349.7676.

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