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Historic event to be held Sunday honoring Eberhart’s achievement
Special to the News
An historic event will take place this Sunday on Flagg Mountain in Weogufka.
Coosa County’s adopted son; Sunny Eberhart, aka Nimblewill Nomad; will complete a hike of more than 2,600 miles that encompasses the Appalachian Mountain Range from “Bama to Baxter.”
Most have heard of Eberhart since he is the caretaker of Flagg Mountain here in Coosa County. On February 5, 2021, he put on a 5-pound pack and headed north from the tower on another one of his epic hikes.
This one would have him hike the Pinhoti National Recreation Trail, part of the Benton MacKaye Trail, and then setting the age record for hiking the entire Appalachian Trail to Mount Katahdin in Maine at 83 years old!
However, he saved the best for last. He has 0.8 miles of the Pinhoti and the mountain range to finish, and he will do so Sunday when he hikes from the Southern Terminus of the Pinhoti to the Tower on Flagg Mountain. He started on Flagg Mountain, and he wanted to finish on Flagg Mountain.
Eberhart has been a renowned long-distance hiker for more than 20 years, having hiked all 11 of the nationally scenic trails, plus many more. He has gained national and world recognition for his accomplishments, and this last hike has established him in the record books again as the oldest person to complete a through hike of the Appalachian Trail.
Eberhart broke the record of his friend Dale Sanders, aka Grey Beard. Sanders joined him for the last part of the hike and will hopefully be on Flagg Mountain as Eberhart completes this last section of the mountain range.
The event will be held at the tower on Flagg Mountain at 1 p.m. Sunday with a large amount of press there to cover it. At 2 p.m., the Alabama Hiking Trail Society/Friends of Flagg and Wild Alabama will be hosting a party in the cabin area of the mountain with entertainment and a food truck from Good Ole Boy’s BBQ to purchase food.
The public is invited, but be aware of the narrow road access and limited parking areas.
Full coverage of the event will be in next week’s “The Coosa County News.”