Front Royal trolley to add Appalachian Trail stop

Front Royal’s Royal Trolley service will offer a new stop that will cater to Appalachian Trail hikers from May 15 to July 15.

The trolley stop, which will be at the Remount Road trailhead of the Appalachian Trail south of Marvin Drive, will run twice a day seven days a week. The trolley will arrive at the Appalachian Trail crossing at 8:50 a.m. and again at 2:20 p.m. Monday through Friday, said Tim Smith, tourism coordinator for the town of Front Royal.

On weekends, the trolley will arrive at the trailhead at 2:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.

Smith said he hopes the trolley service will offer weary hikers a brief respite.

“I think this will give them an opportunity to get them into town,” said Smith. “It’s a safety thing too. It’s only costing them 50 cents and they get the whole ride. It’s easier for them; it gives them a break.”

Once departed from the trailhead, the Royal Trolley will continue along its normal route in the southern loop. A map and schedule of those routes can be found at http://tinyurl.com/ztjwhgw.

The Front Royal Visitor Center allows hikers to come in, drop off their packs and explore Front Royal, but to do that the hikers must make about a three-mile walk from the trail, said Smith.

“I think this is going to give them an opportunity to get a meal – wander around town,” said Smith. “It’s not as complicated to get into town; they can get a meal and get some supplies and I think that’s going to be a good thing.”

Front Royal Town Manager Steve Burke said the new stop is a trial run and he said he hopes to see enough hikers take advantage of it to merit its permanent institution.

“We hope it will allow greater access to the shopping and hospitality options in Front Royal,” said Burke. “Hopefully it will make Front Royal a popular destination to those that are hiking the Appalachian Trail.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com