The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine, running 2,180 miles over mountains, rocky slopes, and deep valleys. Since it was established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has cared for the trail, maintaining 250,000 acres of public land. The organization educates hikers on Leave No Trace camping and why it's not a good idea to challenge a bear to a hugging contest.
Volunteers and trail crews build and repair shelters along the footpath and engage youth and community members in outdoor activities. In addition to these human-oriented services, the ATC works to protect endangered species living along the trail and to preserve the land's watershed streams and migratory corridor.
Diminutive accessories from Sullivan's Doll Furniture. Locally made products from Appalachian Milk Soap. Glass art from Dragon Feathers Glass. These are just a few of the thousands of handcrafted items that populate the 200 vendor booths at Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival. During this three-day celebration of everything DIY, guests can peruse jewelry, kitchenware, photographs, pottery, and folk art as they sip on local wines. Youngsters can head to art workshops created just for them while adults dance to live music courtesy of bluegrass bands including Hillbilly Gypsies, Circa Blue, and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper.
An old Civil War-era cannon welcomes golfers to the clubhouse at Locust Hill Golf Course. though course management may not use it for shotgun tournament starts or to launch slow-play warnings at laggard golfers, it sets a historic tone for bucolic rounds of golf through the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The chief hazards here are the lakes, ponds, and streams adding up to 35 acres in total. Water enters play on 11 of the 18 holes, but even if players can keep their golf balls high and dry, they still need to successfully navigate numerous sand bunkers and hard-to-read greens if they're to play well.