2008-04-30

Birchmore Trail day

From the county:
On Sunday, May 4th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. the Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Recycling Division, the ACC Leisure Services Department, and the Athens Kiwanis Club are sponsoring the 8th Annual Birchmore Trail Day. The event will include games and activities for children, scavenger hunts on the Fred Birchmore Nature Trail and a chance to meet the legendary Athenian Fred Birchmore, who rode a bicycle around the world, hiked through many countries and build the massive Great Wall of Happy Hollow.

The event will be held in the small meadow in Memorial Park off Gran Ellen Drive near the trailhead of the Birchmore Trail. There will be free refreshments and activities for children. Those who walk the Birchmore Trail will receive a special “I survived the Birchmore Trail” patch that can be affixed to clothing or back packs. The Trail, just over a mile in lengh, is named for 96 year-old Fred Birchmore -- adventurer, naturalist, author, speaker, world traveler and civic leader. One of the few “urban forest” trails in Clarke County, it begins in Memorial Park, winds beneath towering trees and over a deep gorge and passes by Birchmore’s home, “Happy Hollow”, which is encircled by a gigantic stone wall he built when he was 75 years old.

Birchmore, whose exploits also include riding in a hot air balloon over Switzerland, sailing in a cargo ship in Russia and floating from the Okefenokee Swamp to the Gulf of Mexico, will be present to talk about his life of travel and adventure and sign autographs.

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