The Green Tunnel explores the history and culture of the United States’ most iconic long-distance hiking trail, the Appalachian Trail. Hosted by Mills Kelly, the show delves into topics including the quirky history of trail food, the shelters and structures built along the trail, and dangers you might encounter during a hike.
Many episodes contain rare, never before heard audio recordings of people including Benton MacKaye, who dreamed up the idea of a multi-state long-distance hiking trail, and Grandma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the trail alone. You'll also hear from hikers, volunteers, park rangers, and leaders in the trail community. Visit each episode's show notes and social media for rare photos from the first 100 years of the AT.
Wildlife are part of the allure of any natural area- visitors often ask about seeing elk or a black bear or about fishing in Parkway waters. Because the Parkway is 469 miles long, it has the third largest geographical range of any national park and is one of the most biologically diverse units of the NPS. The road corridor and adjacent recreation areas provide a refuge for lots of native things: over 2,000 plant species, 30+ each of amphibians and reptiles, 60 different mammals, 225 bird species and almost a hundred different species of fish!
It can happen to anyone out on the trail: one false step, one wrong turn and you may find yourself out in the middle of the woods with only the clothes on your back and your wits to get you through. The chances of spending an unexpected night or two in the backcountry are not as slim as you think and the consequences can be dire. Try to stay calm, this is your guide to survival in the Blue Ridge.
At Mountain Shepherd, we believe every person, regardless of their background and level of experience, can learn to appreciate and navigate the outdoors. Mountain Shepherd provides the training and skills you need to embrace your next outdoor adventure. Each course and adventure we offer is focused on safety and preparedness in the outdoors.
WRITTEN BY BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY ASSOCIATION
THEME: ANTIQUES, ARTS & CULTURE, BUDGET-FRIENDLY, CRAFT BEER, GREEN & ECO-FRIENDLY, LOCAL FOOD, LUXURY, NATURE & OUTDOORS, TRAIN ENTHUSIASTS, WILDLIFE, WINE LOVERS
JUNE 15, 2019