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  Grandma Gatewood: Ohio's Legendary Hiker

Grandma Emma Gatewood was the first woman to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955 at the age of 67 after raising 11 children and surviving domestic abuse! Before she died in 1973 she had hiked the AT several times, completed hikes in Oregon, Vermont and Pennsylvania. She was a charter member of the Buckeye Trail Association. Eden Valley and FilmAffects have teamed up to tell her story.


November, 2011 premiere of the storytelling program -- GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO'S LEGENDARY HIKER.

August, 2013 premiere of a one-act play -- Emma Gatewood: Are You Out Of Your Bloomin' Mind?! (An Appalachian Tale) (originally titled "Trail Magic").

May 29, 2015 premier of the documentary -- TRAIL MAGIC: THE GRANDMA GATEWOOD STORY.


June, 2016: film premieres on PBS stationWOUB, Athens, Ohio.

In April 27, 2017: nominated for an Emmy Award

October 5, 2019: awarded "Best Local Documentary" at the Chagrin Falls Film Festival.

July 9, 2020: awarded Second Place for a Short Documentary at the International Indie Gathering. September 4, 2020 director, Peter Huston, was nominated as Best Director for an Ohio Film and editor, Peggy Foley was nominated for Best Editing of an Ohio Film!

October 1, 2020: TRAIL MAGIC received a designation of Excellence in the Documentary Category and Anne McEvoy (our Grandma Gatewood) received the Excellence designation in the Lead Actress Category of the WRPN Women's International Film Festival.

December 10, 2021: The Lake Erie Film Festival nominated TRAIL MAGIC for the "Best of its Genre" award.


If you would like to present our Grandma Gatewood storytelling program, play or documentary to YOUR group,download a program price list and let us know what you would like to do.

To find out where and when you can catch any of our Grandma Gatewood presentations, be sure to check our calendar page regularly.

We're looking for a few good women!

We have a special Facebook page for our documentary where you can get up-to-date information including where the film is playing. Like It and stay in the loop!


Purchase the DVD of the documentary, TRAIL MAGIC: THE GRANDMA GATEWOOD STORY or the DVD of the storytelling program, GRANDMA GATEWOOD: OHIO'S LEGENDARY HIKER.

Purchase our book about Emma by Bette Lou Higgins and Kelly Boyer Sagert. Emma's daughter Lucy Seeds told us, "Bette Lou and Kelly: You did an excellent job on Mama's Bio. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. I found no fault. Thank you. Lucy" (read an excerpt)

If you have any stories or memories of your own about Emma Gatewood that you would like to share or if you would like to be added to our mailing list, pleas
e contact us.

We are grateful to ALL of our donors, sponsors and staff who helped us create this tribute to Grandma Gatewood.

Donor List/Supporter Information and Trail Magic Staff


We invite you to join us in helping us continue to tell the stories that others forget with a tax deductible donation.

There's no such thing a "small donation"! We appreciate your help.

Additional information about the project:

See Video Clips from interviews with Emma's Family and keep up with our progress on our blog and LIKE our "Trail Magic" Facebook page.

Trail Magic, 2013 program information and pictures.

See pictures about Emma and her life:

Here an interview with Grandma Gatewood after she completed her second thru-hike of the AT.

Related Information (articles, interviews, excerpts of the story and other interesting information)

Comments about our storytelling program and our documentary.

Letters of Support for our documentary project and Grandma Gatewood's Bakery and Belinda Bear's Mailbag.

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