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The "Jester" Section Hiker is the premier podcast with the spotlight on section hikers!

The stories you will hear are about everyday people who, in addition to their everyday lives, make the commitment to hike long-distance trails where every section is a new beginning. 

From National Scenic Trails to National Parks and all Trails in between, listen with your host, Julie “Jester” Gayheart, to hear what it means to be a section hiker and the adventure that awaits them section by section. 

Dec 19, 2020

For this episode of the podcast, Jester introduces us to the town of Elkin, NC. Hike #14 from the book Great Day Hikes ON North Carolina's Mountains to Sea Trail centers around the town of Elkin, NC.

Jester introduces us to Leslie Schlender, from the Town of Elkin, Bill Blackley, with the Elkin Valley Trails Association, and then shares with us her thoughts about Hike #14. You will hear Hike #14 ended up being a real special hike for Jester.

And a big "Thank You" to our show sponsor, The MST Guide by Pocket Trails. Providing up-to-date maps and extensive trail information, Pocket Trails plans to give MST hikers everything they need to know, both when they need it and in the palm of their hand. The MST Guide App is now available in the Google Play Store and coming to the iPhone very soon!

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