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King University Alumni Hiking Event set for Appalachian Trail near Roanoke, VA Oct. 17

BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 8, 2015 – King University alumni will continue hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) on Saturday, Oct. 17. Alumni are invited to enjoy a 4.5-mile hike beginning at Taylors Mountain Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Vinton, Va., near Roanoke. Participating alumni will hike approximately five miles on a moderate AT trail.

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 and Hampton.

“The alumni hikes have been a great success,” says Michael Webb, director of Alumni Services at King University. “The next hike on Oct. 17 outside of Roanoke, Va., will provide a new backdrop for our hike. Central Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. I am excited to spend time with alumni on the Appalachian Trail. The fall leaves should provide great scenery for our trip.”

Cost for the event is free for all involved. The Oct. 17th hike is on the Appalachian Trail as it runs along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Alumni will gather at 9 a.m. at Taylors Mountain Overlook (mile marker 97 on the Blue Ridge Parkway). Transportation will be provided from King University, leaving at 7 a.m. from the Student Center Complex on the main campus in Bristol, Tenn.

Those interested in the hike should RSVP to Dawn McMurray via phone at 800.621.5464 or by e-mail at


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.