GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (June 23, 2015) – The Great Barrington Appalachian Trail Community™ invites hiking enthusiasts to celebrate the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) by participating in the third annual Appalachian Trail Hike and Community Picnic at Benedict Pond in Beartown State Forest on Saturday, July 25. A number of hikes will be offered with varying levels of difficulty, making the event ideal for experts and families alike. The event is free and open to the public.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to support Great Barrington’s Appalachian Trail Community™ event,” said Julie Judkins, director of education and outreach of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. “The hikes provide opportunities for all to enjoy the Appalachian Trail by seeing the natural beauty and fantastic views of the Appalachian Trail in a social setting.”
This year’s event includes two advanced 7-mile hikes that start at 10:30 a.m., with one going south along the A.T. and the other going north, spotlighting different portions of the Trail. The other hikes will begin at 2 p.m. and showcase the Trail in a family-friendly setting. Attendees are encouraged to share their favorite dish with other A.T. supporters around the campfire at the 5 p.m. potluck, and bring a suit if they enjoy swimming.
Third Annual Appalachian Trail Hike and Community Picnic
Date: Saturday, July 25
Time: 10:30 a.m. for advanced hikes, 2 p.m. for moderate hikes, 5 p.m. for potluck
Location: Benedict Pond Loop Trail Parking Lot, Beartown State Forest, Monterey, MA.
Register: Email [email protected] or call 413.528.0904.
For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/gbatday or call 413.528.0904.
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 System, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,190 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 www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy