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It’s summer time! Somewhere between pool time and picnics, eventually, you’re going to want to change it up a bit. And when you’re ready, we’ve got some great ideas to help you and your family explore Frederick County. Did you know that portions of the Appalachian Trail run right along parts of Frederick County? There is nothing like a good, old-fashioned hike through the woods to bring a sense of calm. Even a gentle stroll brings you closer to nature and all its wonders. Just don’t forget the bug spray! Not up for a hike? Then check out the rental options at Pedego Electric Bikes! Explore every nook and cranny of Downtown Frederick on the comfort of these tricked-out, two-wheeled wonders. Once you’ve worked up that appetite, why not head to any one of the amazing eateries around the county? This issue features several family-run establishments that have stood the test of time, by feeding several generations of hungry visitors. Don’t let these magical summer months speed by without grabbing a little taste of what makes our county so amazing!

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JONNA RAE BARTGES As an author, Emmy-winning producer and Reiki Master Teacher, Jonna Rae Bartges has spent a lifetime balancing intuitive abilities with a career as a print and broadcast journalist, then a PR executive with WLOS-TV in Asheville, WTVJ-TV in Miami and KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. She has also directed communications for global corporations, including Disneyland, Sea World San Diego and LEGOLAND California.

SHUAN BUTCHER An Army veteran, Shuan has spent most of his life working in the nonprofit sector on issues such as arts and culture, heritage tourism, civic engagement, and community development. He is a member of the National Press Club. He published “Inspiration to Serve: 101 Quotes about Kindness, Caring, and Giving,” co-authored “Making Change for the Better: The Importance of Youth Giving,” and contributes to a variety of local, regional, and national publications.

HAILEY PLOSKI-SARNO Hailey Ploski-Sarno is a freelance writer, content editor, and resident eccentric based in New Market. Somewhere between exploring Frederick County, weightlifting, and playing with her cattle-dog Cinderella, you’ll find her writing for a variety of publications and websites.



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Images courtesy of Cat Barnstone Szafran

hen Catherine “Cat” Barnstone Szafran discovered Frederick 26 years ago, she instantly knew it was “home.” A photographer who’s been featured in a variety of gallery exhibitions, Cat had literally grown up around the world. She was born in Boston, and her artist dad, Myron Barnstone, soon relocated the young family to Spain, Paris, back to the US, then back to London, and then the rolling hills of Devon, England.


“I grew up with an art gallery on the walls of every house,” Cat said. “My dad always created a studio and photography darkroom in each home we lived in, and I loved to watch him work.” Myron utilized the precise geometric design essential to classical art -- the Golden Section -- to create paintings, drawings and photos rich with dimension and movement. It was after he had received wide acclaim in Europe for several one-man exhibits that Myron made a radical decision. Concerned that so many modern art classes had abandoned teaching a disciplined foundation for drawing, and just suggested students “copy” what they saw, Myron put away his pens and brushes and started teaching. First, though, he burned or rolled up and locked away hundreds of his own works. He didn’t want to unduly influence his students’ artistic vision. The family ended up in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, just north of Philadelphia. Myron taught briefly at Lehigh University and Moravian College before launching his own studio in Allentown. When his classes outgrew the location, he moved Barnstone Studios to a 3rdfloor walkup in nearby Coplay. With its open design, huge windows letting in natural light and aged wooden floors, the expansive space 21


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was similar to the studios of Europe. For the next 35 years, thousands of students from across the country and around the world would find Myron, and study with him for months, years or even decades. Cat supported her father’s work, but embarked on her own path. Besides becoming an accomplished photographer, she was a tireless advocate for people seeking help with addiction and mental illness. When she met and quickly fell in love with math teacher Doug Szafran, she had only one request -- she wanted to remain within a four-hour drive of her father’s Pennsylvania studio. Doug agreed, and after a search for a suitable home base, the married couple soon succumbed to the charms of Frederick. The rolling hills reminded Cat of Devon; the city was near a teaching position for Doug, and they both loved the creative art scene and warm people of the area. Besides, Frederick was just three hours from Coplay. For the next three decades, Cat could maintain a close relationship with her father while enjoying her own life in Frederick. It wasn’t until 2013 things began to change radically. A shaky economy meant fewer students enrolling in Myron’s classes, and at the age of 80, he reluctantly made the decision to close the Coplay location and retire. He moved to Frederick to be close to Cat and Doug, and began a rapid decline in health. He died in October of 2016, passing the mantle of Director of Barnstone Studios to Cat. In addition to having to deal with the overwhelming grief of her father’s death, Cat had to quickly step up to continue the rich Barnstone legacy. Her father had recorded his complete drawing course, a series on palette control and color theory, and an entire class on the Golden Section, the precise geometric design at the heart of classical drawing. He shared with his students the secrets the most



famous artists knew and used in their iconic, timeless masterpieces. It was now Cat’s responsibility to maintain, where students could order Myron’s lessons. She also made the decision to finally open his archives, which had been sealed for almost 50 years, and to share Myron’s original works with the world. In 2017, she connected with Jennifer Findley, owner of ArtistAngle Gallery in Downtown Frederick, and the two made an historic decision. Findley offered to dedicate her gallery space to a revolving exhibit of The Barnstone Studios works, beginning in March and ending in July 2018. It has become the first showing of Barnstone art in the nation, exhibits in the 1960s. Most of the work in the expansive Barnstone Studios archives had never before been seen publicly. Frederick has set the stage for turning an internationally respected master art teacher into an equally respected master artist. Realizing that Barnstone Studios alumni defined Myron’s life purpose, Cat immediately invited those who wanted to exhibit alongside their mentor to submit images of their own work for consideration. 24

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and the first public viewing since his acclaimed European gallery


Cat decided to break the “months of Myron” into four separate exhibits: “Evolution: Growing into Mastery” to launch, “Environment: Listening to the Land” in April to tie in with Earth Day and show how artists’ surroundings influence their work; “Emotion: How Art Awakens the Soul” in June and finally a one-man show in July. Alumni jumped at the chance to show how Myron’s teachings guided their successful careers, and since the “Evolution” launch March 11, ArtistAngle has offered Frederick residents and visitors both an historic opportunity to view previously hidden master works by Barnstone, and the chance to see how many of his students have gone on to distinguished art careers of their own. Art patrons are eagerly purchasing both original Barnstone works, and limited edition prints of selected pieces. ArtistAngle is also hosting Barnstone Method art classes, where accomplished alumni from around the country travel to Frederick to teach the secrets of classical design. Cat said she’s thrilled with the positive reaction the exhibits are receiving in Frederick, and she thinks it’s only fitting that her adopted hometown is the launch point for the next iteration of the Barnstone legacy.

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“No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures.� At Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County, this is a uniting philosophy. Through shelter, they empower. Their vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.



FUTURE Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County

Since that time, Habitat Frederick has

was founded in 1993 as an initiative of

worked to provide affordable home

Church Women United and local citizens

ownership solutions to the local workforce.

concerned with the shortage of affordable

Now, in 2018 the organization is celebrating

housing available for the local workforce.

25 years of history, but also looking towards



the future, as the need for such services continues to grow. Over the course of 25 years, Habitat’s programs have given 37 individuals and families the chance to become homeowners when it would have been impossible otherwise. This has been accomplished through the organization’s original program of constructing new residences, which continues to this day, but also through the Affordable Housing Land Trust, which was added to the organization’s programs in 2013 to create housing units that would remain in affordability well into the future. Additionally, the organization began offering home repair services in 2010 through the Neighborhood Revitalization program, and now serves dozens of households each year where residents who already own their own homes cannot afford needed repairs. This program serves a large number of senior citizens in the community, often providing aging in place services in addition to the needed repairs. Habitat Frederick hosted a Celebratory Breakfast to recognize this momentous 25th anniversary. The event brought together current and past board members, volunteers, homeowners and Habitat supporters, all who have worked together action, Habitat builds homes, communities and hope”. The event also provided an opportunity for attendees to hear a video message from Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, congratulating the local affiliate on

to continue the mission “putting God’s love into

While celebrating the organization’s history, the event also shined a light on the current affordable housing needs of the community where now 1

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their accomplishments and anniversary.


Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

in 3 homeowners struggles to make ends meet.

vendors; beer from Flying Dog Brewery; wine from

Attendees heard from Rebecca Lookingbill, future

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build, share her story as a single mother, providing

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for two children, in today’s extremely expensive

program designed to celebrate the work of Habitat

housing market.

here in our local community, including awards for

Habitat Frederick’s future projects and changes to Habitat’s work, will allow the organization to continue serving people like Rebecca, as well as expand the number of people served each year. The next big event for Habitat Frederick is its third annual Blue Crabs and Blue Prints fundraiser, set for Aug. 17 at Walker’s Overlook in Walkersville. This fun evening has become the biggest

some well-deserving volunteers and partners! Plus, cocktail attire not required, blue jeans are encouraged! For 25 years, Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County has worked toward its mission by providing affordable homeownership solutions to the hardworking people of Frederick County, because everyone deserves the change for a better future.

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Tastiness Tried and True

Frederick has become a culinary destination, due in large part to the vast array of restaurant offerings that have opened in the Downtown Historic District. But, there are a handful of local, independent, family-owned establishments outside Downtown Frederick that have helped satisfy the appetites of locals and tourists alike for decades. Four of those restaurants — Gladchuk Bros. Restaurant, Red Horse Steak House, Dutch’s Daughter and Fitzgerald’s Shamrock Restaurant — stand out as places with unique identities that have been serving delicious foods in Frederick County for more than 30 years apiece.



GLADCHUK BROS. RESTAURANT Gladchuk Bros. Restaurant opened its doors on Sept. 27, 1988. And yes, it is owned by three brothers. John is a trained chef, Steve handles the front of house, and Bobby focuses on the backend of the business (finances, etc.). “The beauty of our dynamic is that each person brings a specialization. We all respect one another’s departments and trust each other,” Bobby said. “We love to work together.” Not every family can say that. Originally from New England, the brothers are quick to point out that they offer not only German food, but also great seafood choices. “Sometimes we are classified as a German restaurant, but we are not. “We focus on an international flair, with old-school quality,” Bobby said. That being said, many customer favorites are the restaurant’s German dishes, such as the German dinner: bratwurst and knockwurst with braised red cabbage, homemade applesauce and potato croquettes. Their applesauce is more like baked apples diced and their potato salad and German chocolate cake come highly recommended. They have a wonderful assortment of breads, and offer a creamy vinaigrette house salad dressing that is worth ordering. One secret to their success is they truly enjoy serving others. “We love being here. Frederick is an all-American town and we get customers friends,” Bobby said.

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from all over. Our customer have truly become our


The holidays are a particularly wonderful time to visit Gladchuk Bros. Eating there at Christmastime has become a family tradition. From the menu selections to the ambiance and decor, including a great gingerbread scene, really put you in the mood for the holiday season.

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RED HORSE STEAKHOUSE The year 2018 marks the golden anniversary for Red Horse Steak House, which has been in continuous operation since January 1968. When my wife and I first moved to Frederick, it was one of the first restaurants we visited. And we often used its iconic red horse statue, standing high above the convergence of many highways on the west end of town, to find our bearings in our new hometown. We would know we were almost home, or at least heading in the correct direction, if we saw that red horse, standing as a silent sentinel at the gateway to Frederick. Each year we mark our anniversary of moving to Frederick by eating dinner at Red Horse. The Red Horse was one of the area’s first public restaurants to offer an upscale menu, specializing in hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, and full bar accommodations. Over the five decades it has been in business, it has seen some changes. At one time, the bar hosted regular performers that included comedic pianists, guitarists, organ players, vocalists, and more. The lower level at one time was home to a night club called the Golden Horseshoe Lounge and featured live dance entertainment (that area now serves as a banquet and reception facility that hosts weddings, rehearsal dinners, and other private functions). Current owners Roy & Ken Bromfield are quick to point out that quality in food and service steaks are in their name, you can’t go wrong with choosing any of their hand-cut selections. I always enjoy eating on the right side of the restaurant, where you can actually watch your


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are key factors to their success. Given that


steaks being cooked through the glass window. Their waiters are wonderful and many have been there for decades, a true testament in this industry. In addition, it is important to point out that the restaurant also tries to be environmentally responsible, recycling most of their disposables and composting a large portion of

their organic waste.

Red Horse Steakhouse 996 W. Patrick Street, Frederick 301.663.3030



DUTCH’S DAUGHTER There is no other restaurant like Dutch’s Daughter — it is truly one of a kind. Eileen Giddeon first opened the restaurant in the mid-1980s inside the Frederick VFW. In March 2000, it relocated to its current spot on Himes Avenue. The new space’s building and concept includes three distinct areas. On the lower level, called Dutch’s Dungeon, a medieval feel allows for a casual dining experience and full bar. The main level is intended to feel like home, with fireplaces in every room, woodwork throughout, and wall decor that welcomes families of all types. The upstairs has a seating capacity of 300 and hosts nonprofit fundraising events, weddings and corporate luncheons. It’s also home to the Sunday Brunch Buffet, with something for everyone, including $1 mimosas or Bloody Marys. Eileen’s daughter, Alley Hammond, is also involved in the business, and takes pride in the consistency and freshness of the food they offer. Dutch’s Daughter is known for its crab cakes and seafood, which Hammond says is delivered six days per week. Dutch’s uses real crabmeat and no fillers in their cakes. With best-selling items such as the Filet Oscar (a steak with crab imperial, asparagus and hollandaise), the menu doesn’t change often. Most is made in-house, including sauces, dressings and desserts. Fresh cobbler and delicious breads, especially the baked crab

The longtime family business is still seeking to grow. Seven years ago, a new Dutch’s Daughter


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bread, are not to be missed.


location opened at Deep Creek Lake (Eileen is originally from Garrett County), and catering operations are expanding as well. “For my mom, failure was never an option and problems are seen as opportunities,” Hammond said, which is one reason for the restaurant’s

long-term success.

Dutch’s Daughter 581 Himes Avenue, Frederick 301.668.9500



SHAMROCK RESTAURANT Just steps from the highway at U.S. Route 15 South, Fitzgerald’s Shamrock Restaurant has been family owned and operated since 1963. The Shamrock strives to provide the best of Irish and American cuisine, as well as great hospitality. The Thurmont location is a part of the Shamrock’s draw — the area is a hub for tourism, with the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, many covered bridges, orchards, and a national and state park in close proximity. The dining room takes some of this into account, with large picture windows providing views of farmland, Catoctin Mountain and a nearby winery. The ambiance is definitely welcoming and comfortable. Tradition and consistency are key at the Shamrock. The Shamrock does change up its menu from time to time, but there are many staples that always stay. It’s known for seasonal specialities such as Maryland soft-shell crab, Shepherd’s pie made from scratch, the Monday special corned beef and cabbage (on the menu for five decades) and a seafood sampler with scallops, shrimp, crab imperial and baked fish fillet. Each March, the restaurant hosts a St. Patrick’s Day celebration which, by the way, lasts three weeks not just one day. Pies and breads are baked daily, packed with pounds of fruit. And the Shamrock grows its own vegetables, including peppers, tomatoes, kale, eggplant and zucchini, on-site and in family gardens.

and Donna Fitzgerald Demmon all run the business. Their dad wanted to be an entrepreneur and in business for himself as a means to take care of his family. “Our parents had nine kids and all

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Siblings Dawn Fitzgerald Knox, David Fitzgerald,


worked here at some point, from peeling potatoes to washing the pots and pans,� Dawn said. Their father passed away in 2017 and local artist Rebecca Pearl created a piece of artwork for the restaurant in his memory. Cody Fitzgerald, the third generation of the family, is also getting involved.

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I’d say I’m a decent bike-rider: I’m proud to say that when my husband and I trekked through Montreal on a bike tour, I didn’t fall off even once despite cobblestones, some sharp turns and really steep hills. However, Pedego in Frederick is changing the game when it comes to the bicycle you learned to ride as a kid. I’ve seen gas-powered motor bikes, motorcycles and mopeds, but never hybrid-electric bikes like these that you can pedal if you want. They aren’t loud or heavy like you’d expect, and since they handle like a regular bike, there’s no extra special training required! If you’re scratching your head and wondering how this works, let me break it down. Pedego bikes have four basic parts: the motor, the battery, the throttle and the pedal assist. The motor is kind of like a regular bike motor, so you can shift gears depending on the terrain or incline you’re riding on, although it does connect with the other three parts. The battery is rechargeable, that actually has a USB charger and only takes about 2-6 hours to charge. The throttle connects with the pedal assist on the handlebars, so when you twist the throttle and it activates the battery-powered pedal assist, you get a little extra juice when you pedal on the lowest setting, and on the highest, you actually don’t need to pedal at all. When you walk into Pedego Electric Bikes on South Carroll Street in Frederick, just up the street from Sky Stage, you’ll be greeted by a line of brightly colored, classic-looking bikes lined up neatly on a beautiful rug that Ringo Starr himself is said to have stood on. You’ll also likely see Arlo, the sweetest dog, a Great Pyrenees/German Shepherd mix.


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You can rent Pedego’s bikes by the hour (starting at $25) or all day (starting at $100). And a number of different tours are in the works. They’re teaming with Visit Frederick to design bike tours around town to take cyclists from Mount Olivet Cemetery to Hood College and everywhere in between. They even mentioned a possible gastro/brewery tour in the future, which sounds seriously fun. Now I know you’re wondering, what is it actually like to ride one of these things? I’ll admit it’s a little spooky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s so much fun. They have all of the regular bike controls, such as a hand brake and gear shifts, but when the throttle kicks in, you feel like a superhero for a second. For me, the moment of superhero glory was met abruptly by panic over how I was going to turn around going so fast. But I was assured I was not actually going that fast — maybe 3mph? They can go up to 20 mph. If you take a spin on one and decide you can no longer live without an electric bike, not to worry! Pedego also sells and services them. One bike costs about $1,500, but require little maintenance. Tune-ups are recommended every six months. And you’ll find that for zipping around town, these are way more convenient and efficient than your average SUV.

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Take a Walk

in the Woods “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” ~ John Muir The words of naturalist, author, environmental philosopher and socalled “father of the national parks,” John Muir, ring true for many of us. The rugged trails and wooded beauty of the mountains and trails of the United States call out, and we must go and explore them.



There’s nothing quite like taking a walk in the woods, stepping into some hiking shoes and out of your comfort zone into the cool shade that so many giant branches provide. In Frederick County, we are fortunate to live close to many beautiful mountains and trails, perhaps the most famous being the Appalachian Trail, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary, in 2018, of being designated the first National Scenic Trail by Congress (as part of the National Trails System Act). The Act created a system of national trails “to promote the preservation of, public access to, travel within, and enjoyment and appreciation of the open-air, outdoor areas and historic resources of the nation.” All of that is a mouthful, but what it means is that the natural beauty and the inner calm inspired by the Appalachian Trail has been protected for five decades, and will be for many more.

a day’s drive of the Appalachian Trail, which winds its way north from Georgia to Maine, through 14 states. And, lucky for us, Maryland is one of those states. The Appalachian Trail in Maryland follows a 40-mile route along the backbone of South Mountain, a north-south ridge that extends from Pennsylvania to the Potomac River, and bounces back and forth along the border of Frederick and Washington counties. 74

Photos courtesy of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

More than half of the U.S. population lives within


According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy,

As the first female leader of the ATC, Dixon says

the Maryland section of the trail is great for three-

she’s excited to show young women that there is

or four-day trips, and is easy by AT standards.

“a path forward to being a leader in conservation.”

Basically, it’s a good place to find out if you’re ready

The ATC has a partnership with 31 trail clubs

for more rugged parts of the trail, if you’re considering

from Maine to Georgia, all staffed by volunteers

becoming one of the elite through-hikers who tackle

who give about 250,000 hours each year to

every single inch of the AT, start to finish.

maintaining the trail. “A lot of the trail clubs have been doing this a long

NEW LEADERSHIP At the end of 2017, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy gained its first-ever female president, Suzanne Dixon. She now leads the

time, and we want to engage the next generation in understanding that they are integral to the future success of the trail,” Dixon said. “We want to empower the next stewards of the AT.”

organization and the protection of the world’s

The ATC created a Next-Generation Advisory

most famous and longest footpath, which is right

Council, which includes AT enthusiasts ages 18

in our backyard. The conservancy’s mission is

to 30 years.

to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail, ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless

“We’re teaching them how to advocate,” Dixon

cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today,

said. “When you take them on the trail they have

tomorrow, and for centuries to come.

a connection. We ask them, ‘What’s your heart

One of Dixon’s priorities is to support and enhance the outdoor recreation-driven economies of communities that serve as gateways to the Appalachian Trail. She says, the trail is “one of the last remaining open spaces in the United States that is contiguous,”

message? Why are you here? What’s your mind message?’ And we give them the tools to be an advocate for the AT.” Dixon admits that protecting the AT can be challenging, and that the trail and the lands surrounding it are under threat.

and she is excited to work within the communities

“There are solutions, but only if we ask the next

that surround the AT to mobilize groups to become

generation, ‘What does it look like for you to

advocates for the national treasure.

protect the AT?’ And then try their ideas,” she said.


Photos courtesy of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy



‘IT’S AN ‘A-HA’ MOMENT’ So, why is taking a walk in the woods so important? Well, it can be difficult to express. “When you get out there and see it, it’s hard to describe,” Dixon admits. “Until you experience it firsthand, and you have that ‘A-ha’ moment, it’s really

Dixon’s advice to anyone interested in exploring the AT? “Just get out there and experience it,” she said. “Hike your own hike. You’ll be surprised at the uniqueness of your experience, and your ability to disconnect.”

hard to describe… But then you say, ‘I want to tell my

She encourages anyone who’s interested to

friends and have my family experience it, too.’”

take the “14-state challenge,” during which you

Walking out into the woods, inhaling fresh air, discovering a new view, and maybe sweating a little… this all gives you a way to decompress, take

visit a location in each of the AT’s 14 states. You can make your goal one blaze, 1 mile, or even 10 miles in each state, it’s totally up to you.

time away from your daily demands, and discover

“It sounds like a lot, but you can do as little or

your place in the world.

as much in each state as you want. You don’t

Dixon agrees: “We are all so busy in our lives… A day on the AT allows you to sit back, maybe have a really great lunch, and just look around.”

have to do it all at once,” Dixon said “I want people to find their story and really experience it. There’s so much we each learn as individuals on the trail.”

Everyone has a story about why they love the AT. There are so many unique hikes to take, and so many

By Molly Fellin Spence

pictures to draw as you explore the thousands of miles of wilderness the trail offers.

Find out more Learn how to explore, donate to, or volunteer to help the Appalachian Trail via the Appalachian Trail Conservancy at



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