Our area is rich in outdoor treasures that bring visitors from around the country and even the world. Over 3 million people visit the Appalachian Trail every year – taking in part or all of the journey through the 14 states the Trail touches.

The AT is made up of over 2,000 miles and millions of stories.     

“I fell in love with the Appalachian Trail back in 2002,” explained Nashira Tuting. “It’s always felt kind of magical and healing.”

Tuting is a strong and independent woman – also a very brave and optimistic woman, as she’s decided to take her 3 daughters, ages 10, 5 and 3, hiking along a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

“I was a little bit iffy on how it would go, but I like to try new things and take adventures,” Tuting said.

In addition to the 3 daughters, Tuting brought along their 15-year-old dog, Elk. Found abandoned in Elk Park back in 2002, North Carolina, Elk the dog followed her new mom the entire length of the AT. Tuting’s 10-year-old daughter says Elk is a part of the family, a sister.

Nearly 15 years later, the Tutings now live in Florida – far away from Elk’s home, far away from her youthful exuberance. You can see in the video how Elk feels once she’s back on the trail.

There’s magic in these hills, for both woman and woman’s best friend. 

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