Appalachian Trail Conservancy Launches 'Third Thursdays' in Pennsylvania Trail Communities

Date Published: Apr 03, 2014

Carlisle, PA (April 3, 2014) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) invites you to step out onto the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) this spring, summer and fall during “Third Thursdays,” a series of free, public events in the Central Pennsylvania region. Events begin in April and run through October with a different event each month. 

“With a focus on art, music, community and volunteer stewardship, Third Thursdays are a terrific way to get involved with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and experience the Appalachian Trail,” said Karen Lutz, ATC regional director.

The ATC’s Third Thursdays kick off with a Virginia Bluebells Hike at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 17, with the Cumberland Valley Appalachian Trail Club. A wildly beautiful carpet of native Virginia Bluebell wildflowers are in the spotlight for this easy, 3.5-mile-hike in the Cumberland Valley. Learn about these native beauties, how they fit into the landscape and how native wildflower charm can be added to gardens. Space is limited; register by calling 717.258.5771 or online at

Additional Third Thursdays events include a Backyard Market Hike, Boiling Springs History Hike, Cool Off in the Rock Maze Hike, Music & Art in the Park, Yoga Sunset Hike and Nocturnal Friends Hike.

Third Thursdays Event Series Overview:

Virginia Bluebells Hike (3.5 miles, easy)
Date: April 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Carlisle, PA

Backyard Market Hike (4 miles, easy)
Date: May 15
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA

Boiling Springs History Hike (5 miles, moderate)
Date: June 19
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Cool Off in the Rock Maze Hike (3 miles, moderate)
Date: July 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Carlisle, PA

Music & Art in the Park
Date: Aug. 21
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Yoga Sunset Hike (3 miles, easy)
Date: Sept. 18
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Nocturnal Friends Hike (2.5 miles, easy)
Date: Oct. 16
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

For more information about the Third Thursday events series, or to register, visit

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit

Contact: Javier Folgar                                                                    
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Fax: 304.535.2667
Email: [email protected]

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