Man dies hiking Appalachian Trail near Elizabethton

POSTED: 10:37 PM May 16 2013   UPDATED: 5:08 PM May 16 2013

A man hiking The Appalachian Trail near Elizabethton, Tennessee has died.

Carter County Police say 71-year-old George Walls Grant from Collie, West Australia fell ill while hitchhiking to a marquee on Monday.

A motorist noticed Grant was having a medical problem and took him to the nearest rescue squad station.

He was then taken to a hospital emergency room where he was pronounced dead.

Police believe he was traveling the world to hike.

We’re told there appears to be no foul play in Grant's death.