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Grandma Gatewood tribute at Mt. Oglethorpe

Join Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia (MCT) for a unique, educational event at Eagle’s Rest Park, Saturday, March 25. Actress Anne Van Curen will present her original dramatization, “Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail.”

Grandma Gatewood was the first woman to solo-hike the Appalachian Trial in 1955 at the age of 67. MCT is offering this free event at Mt. Oglethorpe, the original southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail and where Grandma Gatewood began her historic journey.

At noon at the park’s outdoor classroom, Van Curen will present her dramatization followed by a short Q&A session. Afterwards, attendees can explore one or more of Eagle’s Rest Park’s public trails: Eagle’s Rest Trail (.41 mile), Grassy Knob Vista (1.3 mile) or Oglethorpe Mt. Trail (1.77 mile).

“MCT is very pleased to share the Grandma Gatewood story with our members and the public in such an appropriate setting. We are thankful to Eagle’s Rest Park and the Mt. Oglethorpe Foundation for their cooperation in planning this event,” said George Kimberly, executive director of MCT.

Eagle’s Rest Park is at 7315 Monument Road, Jasper. Directions to the park and information about the trails and rules pertaining to park use can be found at www.mtoglethorpe.org. This event is outdoors, rain or shine. Seating is limited, so feel free to bring a camp chair. Hikes are self-guided and hikers should consult the trail map posted at the park and available at www.mtoglethorpe.org before hiking. Wear appropriate footwear and bring water, rain gear and essentials appropriate for your level of physical activity.

If you would like to learn more about the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia or to become a member, visit www.mctga.org or call 706-253-4077.

The Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia (MCT) is an accredited land trust dedicated to the permanent conservation of the natural resources and scenic beauty of the North Georgia foothills and mountains.

Submitted by Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia

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