Festival to celebrate new relationship between Appalachian Trail and Roan Mountain

The public is invited to visit the Roan Mountain community in Carter County, Tennessee for the debut of a new festival on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. designed to celebrate the mountain town’s relationship with the Appalachian Trail and its enthusiasts.

“This is a celebration of several community events in Roan Mountain,” a trail ambassador said. “It’s to celebrate Roan Mountain being designated as the 41st Appalachian Trail Community [as well as] the opening of the Roan Mountain Farmers Market and the dedication of the new stage at the Roan Mountain Community Park.”

“Unicoi County, Tennessee, was designated an Appalachian Trail Community several years ago, and there are two other AT Communities just north of us in Virginia,” he said. “Abingdon and Damascus in Virginia are official Appalachian Trail Communities, and we look forward to working closely with all the AT Communities in our area.”

The festival and the new designation of Roan Mountain as an official AT Community should bring tangible benefits to the mountain town.

“Being designated an official AT Community not only gives Roan Mountain the recognition that it deserves, but now Roan Mountain has the opportunity to be a major player in terms of preservation, outreach and education on the Appalachian Trail,” Chambers said. “As an official Appalachian Trail Community, Roan Mountain can now also create a true partnership between the community, Appalachian Trail maintainers and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.”

For more information, find Roan Mountain AT Community on Facebook. For more information about the AT Community program, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/atcommunity. More information about the town of Roan Mountain can be found online at www.roanmountain.com. You can email AT Community Ambassador Jim Chambers at [email protected].



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