Deep in the woods of central Maine, there is a tiny town of just under 700 people called Monson that – through a simple accident of geography – found itself positioned at a pivotal point on the Appalachian Trail when it was first completed 75 years ago this summer. Monson is the last town on the trail for those hiking north, or the first for those hiking south. Either way, thru-hikers arrive in Monson in desperate need of some trail magic. And they get it.
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