Round Hill is officially becoming an Appalachian Trail Community.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Town of Round Hill will host a celebration June 15 to designate Round Hill the newest Appalachian Trail Community, a program created by the conservancy to recognize places that promote, advocate and care for the famous 2,192-mile trail.
The inaugural Appalachian Trail Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at B Chord Brewing Company.
The event will feature live music, hiking equipment demos, kids activities, local food and beer and guided hikes with conservancy staff. Speakers will include conservancy Board of Directors Chairwoman Sandra Marra and Round Hill Mayor Scott Ramsey.
“The Town of Round Hill is proud of its association with the Appalachian Trail and honored to be designated an Appalachian Trail Community,” Ramsey said in a prepared statement. “Our residents value the natural resources of western Loudoun, and this partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy will provide additional ways for our residents to work for its preservation.”
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials who worked to construct a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park System, the trail spans from Maine to Georgia and is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, according to the conservancy.
“These new partnerships increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development planning and support healthy lifestyles for community citizens,” Julie Judkins, director of education and outreach for the conservancy, said in a prepared statement.