Troutville Traildays

Post by Rebecca Kyle of James River High School Buchanan, Virginia
Leaf No Trace Craft Time
Leaf No Trace Craft Time
Principle #6
Principle #6
T-Shirt Designs
T-Shirt Designs

The Troutville Trail Days celebration came at the perfect time this year. There was a little bit of apprehension because of the weather forecast, but the rain stayed away and it turned out to be a beautiful day.  Following a long week of testing students were able to learn about the history and importance of the Appalachian Trail in the days leading up to the community festivities.  In groups of two or three students created posters depicting the 7 principles of Leave No Trace.   Their creative works were displayed at the Troutville town park during the trail days events and students volunteered to help teach the principles they learned to younger children.  We encouraged participants to create their very own “Leaf” no Trace signs with images of leaf prints. Another great addition to the trail days were the t-shirts.  Middle and high school students competed to enter the best design.  First, second, and third place winners all came from James River High School!



posterTroutville, Virginia – Together for Troutville, Inc. (T4T) is proud to present the 2nd Annual Troutville Trail Days, an event that is quickly becoming a community tradition. Now in its second year, Trail Days continues to be a celebration of the Appalachian Trail, its hikers and our community.
This FREE event will feature outdoor activities, educational demonstrations, interactive games and projects for children, great local food, community organizations, vendors and live music.
Trail Days is an opportunity to showcase our community to the thru-hikers of the Appalachian Trail. Special activities and resources are in place for the weekend for thru-hikers and are available at no cost including overnight camping in the Town Park, showers and laundry at the Troutville Fire Department, a welcome dinner and movie on Friday night, medical support, gear repair, support vendors and activities throughout the day on Saturday. The thru-hikers will be registering at the Town Park upon their arrival.
“Troutville Trail Days is the perfect place for AT hikers to take a “Zero” day or weekend,” expressed Sybille Nelson, T4T President. “Our community is able to provide everything for them to reenergize, refuel and restock before returning to the trail.”
This year’s main event day is Saturday June 8 at the Troutville Town Park and is sponsored by the Bank of Fincastle, Outdoor Trails- Outdoor Equipment and Clothier and the New River Electrical Corporation.
Trail Days kicks off with breakfast in the park at 7AM and concludes after a full day of activities with music continuing well into the evening.
Some of this year’s event offerings include a tasty variety of food vendors, children’s interactive games and activities with educational displays and demonstrations, hiking clinics including topics such as Hiking 101 and water filtration being hosted by Outdoor Trails of Daleville, and other booths showcasing outdoor recreational businesses, organizations, and retail vendors. Everyone from first time trail-goers to seasoned hikers will have an opportunity to walk the Appalachian Trail. One or two mile long guided hikes will be offered with free shuttle service to and from the park and will be led by the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club. The park’s Main Stage will host live music from 10:30AM until 8:30PM. Performers include Cherokee Road, Me and Martha, Jesse Ray Carter, The Joyful Noise, Friends of Praise and Blue Cedars.
This year brings the introduction of the “Battle of the Baker’s”. Local bakers will submit entries that will be tasted and judged by the thru-hikers from 12-1PM and then the public will be invited to taste remaining samples while supplies last.
The “Hiker’s Hustle 5K” will be returning this year to offer an exhilarating on and off road course. The race starts at 9:00am on Saturday. Runners can sign up for the 5K through the website or from 8-8:45AM at race registration located at the Troutville Town Hall. Pre-registration is encouraged at $20 per person ($25 the day of the event) and includes a signature bracelet, an event t-shirt and awards for the top runners in each category. The Hiker’s Hustle 5K will take place rain or shine.
Other event highlights include thru-hiker interviews with Dan Dennison- news director with WDBJ7, a local history display at the Caboose in the Park, the Long Rifle Historical Campsite, and an Indian artifacts display at the Masonic Lodge.
Be sure to bring your own chairs and blankets to the park, but please no coolers, food or pets. For parking information please check the website. Local churches, boy scouts, organizations, businesses and volunteers have come together to provide a signature event celebrating our designated A.T. community, so come out and enjoy a great Saturday in and around our special little town. Join us in the Troutville Town Park, at the Hiker’s Hustle 5K and on the A.T.!
To learn about all of the great activities planned and for a full schedule of events please visit the Trail Days event page at
Happy trails to you!
About Together for Troutville, Inc.
Together for Troutville, Inc. is chartable, non-profit, 501(C)(3) organization that was incorporated in November 2010. T4T exists to support the Town of Troutville in implementing their strategic plan by fostering community spirit, organizing signature recreation events, raising needed capital, and completing the plan initiatives. Together for Troutville is comprised of an all-volunteer staff who give freely of their time and talents to improve our community. For more information or to become a volunteer, please visit
Sybille Nelson – President
Together for Troutville, Inc.
Tel. 540.992.6724