On Thursday, April 11, the League of Women Voters of Macon County will sponsor a program on Franklin as an Appalachian Trail Community. Corresponding with the Macon County Public Library’s Walking with Spring series and the Town of Franklin’s April Fools’ Day Trail Day Festival, the League would like to recognize the importance of the trail in Macon County and to promote the use, enjoyment, benefits, and conservation of the trail.
The Appalachian Trail Community program is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Towns, counties, and communities along the A.T.’s corridor are considered assets by A.T. hikers and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation, while preserving and protecting the A.T.