On Monday, I spoke in Berryville at a ceremony where Clarke County and the Town of Berryville were declared to be official Appalachian Trail communities by the National Park Service and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
This official designation has been given to only a few towns and counties adjacent to this 2,185 mile hiking trail that crosses 14 states from Georgia to Maine. It will help the Town and the County in their outdoor adventure tourism efforts and also bears witness to the strong conservation ethic in these two communities.
My relationship with the AT goes back to my Boy Scouting days in the 1970's and today I still maintain a three-mile section of the trail along the Clarke-Loudoun border.
Check out this video of the brief speech I give on my history with the Appalachian Trail and the importance of the award bestowed upon Clarke County and Berryville.