Do you know which famous hiker town was home to an WWI internment camp?
If you guessed Damascus, VA than congratulations! You are WRONG! The answer is actually Hot Springs, NC. The Mountain Park Hotel and grounds were leased to the US government in 1917 to house captured German merchant sailors. The prisoners were treated so well by the townspeople several even returned to Hot Springs after the war!
Read twenty more “Fascinating Applachian Trail Facts” at the Appalachian Trials site.