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King Alumni Hiking Event set for Elizabethton, Tenn. Sept. 5

BRISTOL, Tenn., Aug. 18, 2015 – King University alumni will continue hiking the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, Sept. 5. Alumni are invited to enjoy a six-mile hike from Highway 421 in Elizabethton, Tenn., to Watauga Dam.

Throughout 2015, King University’s Office of Alumni Relations has hosted Appalachian Trail hiking opportunities in locations such as House Mountain State Natural Area in Knoxville, Tenn., the Iron Mountain Trail in Damascus, Va., and trails in Shady Valley. “The hiking events are excellent opportunities for alumni to connect with old friends and create memories in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains,” said Michael Webb, director of Alumni Relations at King University

“I am really excited for the hike in Elizabethton near Hampton on the Appalachian Trail,” says Webb. “It will be a moderate difficulty hike three miles to Watauga Dam and three miles back. Alumni will not only get to spend time together but will also get to embrace the local beauty of our region.”

Cost for the event is free for all involved. Alumni will gather at 9 a.m. where the Appalachian Trail crosses Highway 321 at the intersection of Highway 321 and Shook Branch Road just outside of Hampton, Tenn., on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Those interested in the hike should RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 3 to Dawn McMurray via phone at 800.621.5464 or by e-mail at  


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