| Franklin, North Carolina
An Appalachian Trail Gateway Community
Franklin, North Carolina has had a love affair with the A.T. dating back to the work of the Reverend Rufus Morgan in the 1940s. He and a group of friends took care of the Trail for years and formally created the Nantahala Hiking Club in 1968. Since then, members have worked with the U.S. Forest Service to maintain the 60 gorgeous miles of the A.T. in their territory.
After coordination with the land manager, USFS Nantahala Ranger District, NHC presented the application to the town Council and County Commissioners, and both bodies voted to submit the application. A steering committee was developed, made up of representatives from the county commission, alderman, town and county planners, NHC, county school system, library, chamber, tourism businesses and USFS. The program was developed to say ‘thank you’ to trailside communities for the decades of service they have dedicated to hikers, and to assist them in becoming a part of a broader trail-wide Appalachian Trail Community™ network.
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