Documentary - Trail Magic (2015)
Though many serious hikers know that Emma “Grandma” Gatewood became the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (AT), in 1955 at the age of sixty-seven, they really don’t know the rest of the story. Gatewood, a survivor of domestic abuse, raised eleven children before divorcing her husband and hiking the 2,050 mile Appalachian Trail the first time. With just a satchel and a pair of sneakers, she went on to hike the Oregon Trail before coming back and hiking the AT two more times. The film about this historic Ohioan, who lived much of her life in Gallia County, includes interviews with family, historians and hikers. Gatewood inspires us to walk boldly into life, to “go for it” and change the world.