The Appalachian Trail Community Committee met in Franklin Town Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 10. The committee, chaired by Bill Van Horn, is gearing up for another busy season welcoming Appalachian Trail thru-hikers who visit Franklin. The AT Community designation simply means the Franklin is a hiker-friendly town on the 2,100-plus mile trail from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Katahdin, Me.
The meeting focused on the upcoming Appalachian Trail Celebration events for 2015. These events will run from the first day of spring (Friday, March 20) thru Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22).
During this celebration, the Nantahala Hiking Club will sponsor a Thru-hiker Chow down on Saturday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will provide lunch for thru-hikers featuring chilidogs and homemade sweets at the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company located at 188 W. Main Street, Franklin. For additional information, call Sharon Van Horn at (828)369-1983.