Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A.T. Community Summer Wrap-Up

This July, the Appalachian Trail Community of Great Barrington hosted a few events to get the word out about the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in the Great Barrington area. It was a successful month and we engaged many community members and increased the awareness of the A.T. and volunteerism on the A.T. in our area.

We began July by doing some outreach at the local Great Barrington Farmer's Market, at it's new location at the newly revived Great Barrington Fairgrounds.  It was a really fun day! Locals and visitors were asking questions, taking maps, and looking for day hiking tips and suggestions along the A.T. and other trails nearby. We had an abundance of Great Barrington Trails and Greenways information and handouts as well.  We also received many useful suggestions from locals that have helped hikers in the past, or want to help out along the trail, we had some questions regarding finding trailheads from occasional hiker hosts, suggestion to make a day hikes on the A.T. in Great Barrington list, where to get a map set, and so on.

All in all, we reached a lot of people that we wouldn't normally reach that had a curiosity and interest about the A.T., local trails, and the fact that the Kellogg Conservation Center is a regional office for Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Appalachian Mountain Club staff. If the opportunity arises again, I think it would be fun to table again (especially if the goat sausage vendor is right next door again, mmm).