Franklin, NC has just been designated as an official Appalachian Trail Community by the Appalachian Trail Conservatory. We were able to celebrate this designation all week as we attended the 2nd annual Franklin Trail Days. The townspeople gathered to welcome the thru-hikers as they begin their journey north to Mount Katahdin in Maine. The Trail Days event was full of fun, music, a hot dog eating contest, stories, and education.
In addition to the festival, we provided two awareness workshops at the public library and visited 5 fifth grade classrooms throughout the town. We had a wonderful time while in Franklin. It is a beautiful mountain town that is a must see if you are in western North Carolina. A special thanks to Bill Van Horn for all his efforts in setting up the events, as well as Ron Haven for putting on a great Hiker Bash!
Happy adventuring...Kate and Tracy