Franklin, NC Kicks off AT Season with Thru-Hiker Chow Down - Backpacker

Franklin, NC Kicks off AT Season with Thru-Hiker Chow Down

The annual chili & beer event welcomes hikers to the first official Appalachian Trail Community.
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A toast to the Appalachian Trail

A toast to the Appalachian Trail

Not surprisingly, the idea came from a couple of Appalachian Trail hikers: Why not host a calorie fest for thru-hikers in their hometown of Franklin, North Carolina? The idea has become the annual Chow Down, a community event for hikers featuring chili, hot dogs, and beer (including a specialty brew this year called The AT 110 from the Lazy Hiker). The Chow Down aims to welcome thru-hikers to Franklin, which was named the first official Appalachian Trail Community by the AT Conservancy in 2010. This year's Chow Down will be held Saturday, March 24, at 3 pm.

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