Join Tennessee Wild on Saturday August 9th at 5:30pm under the tent on the corner of Main Street and the Cherohala Skyway (beside the Exxon and the Crab Trap) where we’ll celebrate the designation of Tellico Plains as an official “Trail Town”! We’ll have a couple of speeches by the folks that made all this possible, then the ceremonial ‘ribbon cutting’ – except in our case, we’re cutting a more forest-appropriate vine instead of a ribbon.
Bob Richards from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will share the exciting news about the Tellico Ranger District’s recent $200,000 grant award for trail improvements in the area, and the financial impacts of outdoor recreation on the economy in gateway forest towns like Tellico Plains. Following Bob, will be a fantastic and funny program by avid outdoorsman and storyteller Jim Pfitzer. Jim is best known for his nature based tales ranging from too-close-for-comfort black bear encounters to the significance of sweet tea in southern society. Throughout the evening we’ll be drawing for some great prizes donated by our friends at Rock/Creek Chattanooga, Eno, Tellico Grains Bakery and others.
Representatives from the Benton MacKaye Trail Association, the Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition, Tennessee Wild, Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards, The Wilderness Society, US Forest Service, Monroe County, and the Town of Tellico Plains will be on hand to say hello and answer questions.