2 Va communities get Appalachian Trail designation


BUENA VISTA, Va. (AP) -- Two Virginia communities are celebrating the official designations as the newest Appalachian Trail Communities.

Officials say Buena Vista and Glasgow are marking the designations on Thursday after the two communities collaborated to enhance awareness of the trail in their areas.

The designation is part of a program from the non-profit group responsible for management and protection of the estimated 2,180-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

The program launched in 2010 recognizes communities for their part in promoting awareness of the Appalachian Trail as an important local and national asset. It serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation.