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ATC says about one in four attempts are successful

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) announces that it has received more than 12,000 reported 2,000 mile hikers applications. Each year, thousands of hikers attempt a thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) but only about one in four make it all the way.

To qualify as a 2,000 miler, hikers must walk the entire estimated 2,180 miles of the A.T. This journey travels through fourteen states ranging from the southern terminus at Springer Mountain, Georgia, to the Trail’s northern terminus at Katahdin, Maine.


Aviation Historial Society meets with guest speaker

The Aviation Historical Society met recently at the Macon County Airport with guest speaker, Bob Scott. Scott related some of the more interesting plane crashes in eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia, northern South Carolina and western North Carolina that comprise this region of the Smoky Mountain National Park. “It [plane crashes] is not a morbid curiosity,” Scott said, “but it is interesting.” In fact, Scott has written a number of articles on the subject.

Scott also pointed out that the Civil Air Patrol, for which he is still a card-carrying member, oftentimes played a key supporting role to those search and rescue efforts. “As an auxiliary of the Air Force, the primary duty of the Civil Air Patrol, as assigned by Congress, is search and rescue operations.” Scott explained that, any operation that Civil Air Patrol gets involved in, the Air Force has to approve the mission for the organization to be reimbursed for expenses.


Tourism Development Authority approves funding

Members of Franklin’s Tourism Development Authority (TDA) unanimously voted to provide funding for Franklin’s upcoming Outdoor Athlon event in an emergency vote on Aug. 11.

The TDA grant was approved after Rob Gasbarro and Cory McCall, proprietors of the downtown Franklin outfitter store Outdoor 76, presented their plans for holding the event later this fall at the Aug. 8 TDA meeting.


Offered by Highlands Cashiers Land Trust

For at least a thousand years, the Cherokee have been masters of the mountains, using trails that often went straight uphill to move between sacred sites, commercial centers and other places in their vast homeland. Two years ago, with the first of two Cherokee Preservation Foundation grants and guidance from the Tribal Heritage Preservation Office of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Wild South and its partners started out toward a goal to re-find, restore and reemphasize the trail and road system of the Cherokee Nation in Western North Carolina and surrounding territory.

The Cherokee Trails Project covers approximately 150 linear miles and 47,000 acres in the Pisgah, Nantahala and Cherokee National Forests containing Cherokee historical sites.


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