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Gloucester resident conquers Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world and its 2,175 miles of trail traverse 12 states. Joe Lineberry IV of Gloucester, hiked every mile between March 26 and Oct. 4 on his way to becoming a “2,000 miler.”

Lineberry first became interested in backpacking when he joined Tiger Scouts as a young child. His father had achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and a young Lineberry wanted to do the same. By seventh grade, he was a member of Abingdon Troop 113, where he continued to pursue his interest in the outdoors.

Lineberry’s aspirations of becoming a “2,000 miler” began while he was a student at Gloucester High School. After seeing the film, “A Walk in the Woods” (based on the Bill Bryson best seller), which tells the story of two men hiking the entirety of the Appalachian Trail, Lineberry decided that one day he too would complete the trek across 12 states.

In 2017 Lineberry’s aspirations became a reality and on ...

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