ABOUT THE TRAIL PROGRAM
Every summer for eight weeks, the CTC/FCC Appalachian Trail Magic tent is open to greet and serve hikers. The tent is staffed by area volunteers and by visiting church groups from near and far.
Many hikers begin at the beginning in late February or March, at Springer Mountain, Georgia with the ambition to hike the full 2,190 miles to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. Along the way, they will pass through 14 states and wear out 4-5 pairs of shoes. On average the trip will take 165 days, roughly 5 ½ months.
Hikers start passing through Sheffield in June and we are ready for them! Our magnificent tent shelters hikers and volunteers serving up a warm welcome, fresh grilled burgers, chips, cookies (often homemade), water, rides to town, phone charging services, and—a favorite of hikers—seats with a back in the shade. Last summer we greeted over 750 hikers.
A collaboration between Christ Trinity Church and First Congregational Church of Sheffield, the AT team is looking forward to recreating our trail magic in 2023. There will be many opportunities to volunteer at the site, but for now, as we plan ahead for supplies and equipment, we hope you will support this ‘corner of kindness’ by making a contribution.