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August 14, 2021


10:30 am - 1:00 pm


Elkton, VA

Join the Town of Elkton and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for the designation of the Town of Elkton as the 50th Appalachian Trail community.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,190 miles in length. The Trail travels through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range, from its southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.

Known as the “A.T.”, more than 3 million people visit the Trail every year and over 3,000 people attempt to “thru-hike” the entire footpath in a single year. People from across the globe are drawn to the A.T. for a variety of reasons, such as reconnecting with nature, escaping the stress of city life, meeting new people or deepening old friendships, or experiencing a simpler life.

Completed in 1937, the A.T. is a unit of the National Park System. It is managed under a unique partnership between the public and private sectors led by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

The Swift Run Gap, located near Elkton, is at mile 909.7 on the Trail.

Ceremony Agenda

Welcome – Elkton Town Council & Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Joe Lombardo
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club President

Kelly Buck
The Local Perspective & Hiker Support

Reading of Proclamation
Mayor Joshua Gooden, Members of the ATC

More information about the event can be found on the Elkton Facebook Page here.


173 W Spotswood Ave, Elkton, VA 22827


173 W Spotswood Ave.
Elkton, VA 22827 United States