Trail Days 2018 Schedule

Ride Board at The Place (hard copy), and on Facebook at Offer a ride, get a ride! 

10am-5pm:  FREE Gear Repair - Manufacturer Representatives will be set up at the Tent City parking lot to assist hikers with equipment repairs, gear advice and specialized services.

10am-3pm: Trail Days Silent Auction (DAY 1) – Vacation Packages.  All proceeds go to benefit “The Place” (donation Hostel run by First Methodist Church of Damascus). Some packages may include some or all of these items: Lodging, Theater Tickets, Bike Shuttles, Meals, and Gift Certificates. (THIS AUCTION IS OVER A TWO-DAY PERIOD) The auction will end on Saturday, May 19, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.

11-12:30: American Chestnut Foundation – An American Chestnut Foundation forestry expert will describe the historical role of the chestnut prior to the arrival of the blight, the tree’s demise, and the current restoration program. The ACF Research Farm is in nearby Meadowview. Interested participants may join in a guided walk after the talk to view surviving chestnut trees along the AT.

11am-1:30pm: The ALDHA Hiker Reception. ALDHA stands for Appalachian Long-Distance Hikers Association. Come for the camaraderie and food, ALDHA Merchandise, ALDHA Membership info, and info about the AT Museum expansion. WELCOME ALL - hikers, hikers' friends, and dreamers! Volunteers needed, and food donations greatly appreciated. Please contact organizer 'Trailangelmary' for more information: At the Rock School.

2-3pm: Smiles, Not Miles; A Seniors’ Guide to Enjoying the AT – presented by Gail Hinshaw.  There are many books about how to hike the Appalachian Trail but not on how to enjoy the Trail. This book encourages seniors to get out and enjoy the Trail through day hiking, ultra-light backpacking, use of self-shuttling, history hiking, cherry picking the Trail, etc. The book is based on not only the author’s AT hikes, but also on 125 interviews of seniors who have been on the Trail.  At the Old Mill.

3:30-5pm: Trail Dreams presented by Brad ‘Old Buzzard’ Cook.  Be captivated by the testimony of how the solace of nature and the dream of hiking “The Trail” altered and saved a life. His informative and inspirational story examines the physical, psychological, spiritual, and societal effects and benefits derived from an active participation in the natural world and the reasons why our children have been increasingly denied access to the therapeutic value of nature. At the Old Mill.

4-5pm: One Trail, Many Paths – Join Jim Dashiell to discuss the making of the book, which contains 14 contributing authors each writing about their own experiences on the Trail.  They were intelligent, humorous, and honest, and some may be present to assist in the presentation.  At the Rock School Auditorium.

4-6pm: at the Town Park Gazebo:  The Trail Days Committee hosts Live Music by Gun Hill Royals! (

6:30-8:30pm: at the Town Park Gazebo:  The Trail Days Committee hosts Live Music by The Lovers! (

7-8pm: Six Legs, Two Backpacks, and One Improbable Journey – presented by David “Blast” Rutter and Karen “Supermom” Rutter. A 10yr old golden retriever, Copper, has many lessons from the trail that need to be shared. Learn the challenges and joys of a thru-hike, and the best support model for a thru-hiker.  Copper tells all! At Town Hall. 

9-11pm: The Trail Days Committee hosts Live Music at the Town Park Gazebo!