Some hiking stories are about speed. (Like A.T. record holder Karl Meltzer's 45-day, 22-hour sprint from Georgia to Maine.)
Jeff Ryan's hiking story isn't one of these. Jeff took his time to get to know every inch of the Appalachian Trail from 1985 to 2013, when he and a friend section-hiked all 2,100 miles of the Trail. Jeff documented their decades-long adventure in his first book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-Year Hike on America's Trail. Including 75 color photos, the book is part memoir, part natural history and lore, and part practical advice. (See highlights from this journey here.)
Jeff will join us at the festival on Saturday, September 12th, to talk about his own "Appalachian Odyssey" and the stories he gathered along the way. Some of those tales are collected in his other books, including Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail (2017) and Hermit: The Mysterious Life of Jim Whyte (2019). Jeff's books will be available for sale and signing.
On Sunday, September 13th, join Jeff for "Beyond Ramen," a talk and demonstration on trail cooking. He says he'll offer "some quick tips for making your backcountry menu more exciting and nutritious than, say, eating ramen or instant stuffing mix again and again." REI will support Jeff's talk with a display of cooking stoves.
First published in 1982, A Woman's Journey recounts an A.T. trek in words and pictures. The book, still in print, continues to inspire hikers. Since penning her first book, Cindy Ross has gone on to write about her journeys on the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail (with children!) and other wild spots around the world.
We are pleased to announce that author/speaker/hiker extraordinaire Cindy Ross will be joining us at the 2020 Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival. On Saturday, Cindy will talk about "Life-long Learning on the Trail," sharing her experiences hiking, cycling and paddling long-distance trails over the past four decades. On Sunday, Cindy will lead a workshop, "Bringing Back the Experience," where participants will join Cindy for "a little journal writing, photography and sketching in the field."
Cindy's seventh book, The World Is Our Classroom: How One Family Used Nature and Travel to Shape an Extraordinary Education, came out in 2018. She is at work on her next book, Walking Towards Peace: The Healing Journeys of 20+ Veterans, based on her nonprofit's work to help veterans recover from the trauma of war by taking them out into nature.
Round Hill Outdoors and the Round Hill A.T. Community invite you to submit artwork to the third annual Round Hill Appalachian Art Show. The show aims to connect the community to the A.T. and all our local natural resources.
Entries should celebrate the A.T. and/or the Great Outdoors. Registration is open now. Submissions from students and adults are due by February 2nd at the Round Hill Arts Center (35246 Harry Byrd Hwy #170). Please bring submissions January 31st, February 1st or February 2nd between 12 and 4 pm.
Even if you don't want to enter, come celebrate the A.T. and see how the Trail inspires people of all ages. The show runs February 9th–March 8th from 12-4 pm. An opening reception on February 16th (2-4 pm) features a talk by A.T. hiker/artist Rose Turner, awards and food and drink.
Want to donate to the festival without spending a dime? Or an extra dime, that is.
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Do you live in Loudoun County? Then, we hope you'll stop by Mod Pizza in Purcellville on Thursday, November 7, and tell them that the Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival sent you. When you purchase your meal, mention the festival and Mod Pizza will donate 20% of your meal's price to our festival.
If you see this before November 4, please RSVP to guarantee that our fundraiser gets off the ground.
We're a group of volunteers who care about the trails and trees around our town of Round Hill, Virginia. We will put on a big party in June to celebrate the Appalachian Trail—and to welcome thru-hikers, day hikers and everyone else who enjoys the Great Outdoors to town.
We want to thank sponsors who have already stepped up to support the 2020 Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival. Much gratitude goes to the County of Loudoun and the Town of Round Hill for supporting our work. Special thanks goes to one of our earliest supporters, who is donating much-needed cash again this year: Meadows Farm Nurseries and Landscaping. Eternal thanks go out to our generous host: B Chord Brewing here in Round Hill. We also appreciate new sponsors for next year, who are providing goods and services that we'll auction and raffle off to support the festival: Kathi Hottinger, Darn Tough Vermont, GutHook Guides and HydraPak. And, thanks to EcoProducts, food at our festival will be served on compostable plates.
Now, the "please" comes in: Please consider adding your name/company/organization to our list of sponsors. No one makes money on this free festival. 100% of what you give pays for our festival and supports our stewardship, education and hiking projects. We're moving to a two-day format this year, so that we can have one day of celebration and education and a second day of action. Go on a hike. Learn about native plants. See how to pack your pack.
We need cash to pay for tents and tables, shuttle service, hikers' meals—and so much more. Please contact us, if you want to learn more about sponsoring the festival. (Round Hill AT, the festival organization, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit!)
The Appalachian Trail is maintained by volunteers. You could be one of them.
Join the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club Cadillac Crew (CC) as they continue a major relocation of the A.T. at Loudoun Heights, October 26-27. The CC will be building new tread and making gravel. There will also be trail maintenance going on at Blackburn Trail Center the same weekend.
Newcomers, families, and well behaved dogs are welcome to join in for one or both days. Bring work gloves, lunch and plenty of water. Tools will be provided.
If you're from out of town, you may be able to stay at the Blackburn Trail Center. CC will host potluck meals for Saturday evening and Sunday breakfast. For details on this project, to sign up or get more information about the Cadillac Crew, please contact Ellen or Dan Feer.
You can also sign up through Round Hill Outdoors.
We're taking time out from festival planning to spend a day celebrating the A.T. and other green spaces—as we take a stand against the proposed fracked gas pipelines threatening these natural treasures. We'll join hands September 29th at the Bears Den trail center to protect our land, water, air, and communities at the fourth annual Hands Across the Appalachian Trail!
From the organizers:
"The dedicated work of hundreds of volunteers, community groups and allies, and dedicated individuals has led to Stop Work Orders and further delays of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines. These pipelines propose to cross several nationally known and highly popular public recreational areas including the George Washington National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Eastern Trail, and the iconic Appalachian Trail.
"Hands Across the Appalachian Trail is our community response to protect valued natural parks and environment. This event will be an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate our treasured natural resources, celebrate victories won by the hard work of dedicated volunteers and legal advocates, and continue building fellowship and momentum around the continued effort to stand against unnatural gas fossil fuel projects and fight for a safe, sustainable future that all can enjoy!
"Now in its fourth year this event features the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s vision to 'connect the human spirit with nature – preserving the delicate majesty of the Trail as a haven for all to enjoy.' Everyone should have the opportunity for that experience. Come enjoy food, music, and celebrate our natural resources."
The Hands Across the Appalachian Trail event in northern Virginia will take place September 29rd at historic Bears Den, 18393 Blue Ridge Mountain Rd, Bluemont, VA 20135. 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Mark your calendars...because we hope you'll join us June 13-14, 2020, for the second annual Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival. The festival will return to B Chord Brewing with all the fun of last year's fest...plus more.
As we did last year, we'll toast the beauty of the A.T. with brews and bites, tunes and talks. Expect a day of live music, trail talks, kids' activities, food and vendors at the Round Hill Appalachian Trail Festival on Saturday, June 13th. Meet reps from ten environmental groups, hear tales from the trail and bid in the silent auction.
New this year: Thanks to a Visit Loudoun grant, we're adding a day to the festival. On Sunday, June 14th, sign up for an A.T. hike, learn how to set up a campsite, go on a scavenger hunt or join in other nature-themed activities. Some activities will take place at B Chord; others will be off site. Coming from out of town? Stay the night with one of our lodging partners. More details to come!
Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us last Saturday. Thanks to the musicians who entertained us all day. Thanks to the partner organizations who shared their passion. Thanks to all the volunteers at the event and to the planning committee. Thanks to the sponsors who made it all possible.
So, just thanks.
We're still tallying up all those survey sheets (thanks to those of you who handed them out and to those of you who filled them in), but it's already looking as though we had at least 1,000 people celebrating the day with us.
The Town of Round Hill is just getting started as an A.T. Community. Besides this site, we hope you'll check out our Round Hill Outdoors site, where we post events and news.
(If you didn't make it, here's a peek of what went on. Thanks, Erik Burnham, for taking the video.)
Round Hill Outdoors: Join us in bringing together local friends and family to unplug and get outside. Let’s discover our amazing backyards — from national treasures like the Appalachian Trail to new local and regional parks.