- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

MONSON, Maine (AP) - The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is opening a new visitor center for hikers preparing to enter Maine’s fabled 100-mile Wilderness.

The visitor center, which opens Monday in Monson, is aimed at helping the ATC and partners better manage the increased volume of long-distance hikers, especially after the film “A Walk in the Woods” premiered last year.

ATC spokesman Javier Folgar says staffers from the ATC and the Maine Appalachian Trail Club will educate hikers about the newly-expanded permitting system in Baxter State Park, and receive other information as they near the trail’s end atop Mount Katahdin.

The center will be staffed seven days a week from June 20 through Oct. 16.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has only three visitor centers. The others are in Pennsylvania and in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.



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This story has been corrected to show the name of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in the last paragraph.

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