MAY 23: Community Meeting on the Bennington Appalachian Trail Community

Hikers at Trailfest 2022

The Bennington A.T. Community committee are inviting the public to a meeting on May 23d, at 6 pm, to give an update on activities, share plans for this summer, and to solicit input on future efforts. The meeting will be held at the Bennington Fire House multi purpose room on the third floor. The facility is located at 130 River Street in Bennington and is handicap accessible.

Table at TrailfestIn 2019, a group of citizens and volunteers came together to pursue an “Appalachian Trail Community” designation for Bennington. That successful effort culminated in Bennington becoming Vermont’s third town to gain this status, along with Manchester and Norwich. 

If you are interested in the outdoors, hiking, stewardship of the trail, and improving Bennington as a destination for outdoor recreation, we encourage you to join in the discussion to learn more about our local Green Mountain Club chapter and how the community can support our A.T. designation.

We will begin with a presentation about what it means to be  an A.T. Community and what activities and events the town has been doing so far. There will also be discussion about last year’s Trailfest event, its impact, and learn about planning and ideas for this year’s Trailfest. We will also hear from our organizational partner, the Bennington Chapter of the Green Mountain Club, about their plans for this year and how we can all engage with them to be more involved.

Most important is we want to hear from the community. How can we maximize the benefit to our community by having this designation? What ways can we do more to support hikers visiting our town? What ideas do you have to make us more hiker friendly? What ways can we be leveraging our status as an A.T. community to focus attention on the outdoor recreational resources we have available? 

We encourage you to come out and share your thoughts and ideas.