Published Mar 9, 2016
Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) posted a story on the RATC website on February 20, 2016, that caught our eye:
Last spring, the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) created a McAfee Knob Task Force to focus on resource protection and management challenges around our region's most beloved and iconic A.T. landmark, McAfee Knob.Rapidly increasing visitation has led to an increase in ... litter, graffiti, trail erosion, and problematic bear behavior. [Eighteen] McAfee Knob Volunteer Ridgerunners help mitigate these problems. [They] engage hikers in friendly conversations to educate them about the natural and cultural significance of this area and tips on best-practices for enjoying the Trail safely and responsibly ... [And they] report on trail conditions and perform light trail maintenance ... like dismantling illegal fire rings, packing out trash, and blocking social trails to discourage shortcutting.
After all they've done for us, RATC is asking for our help ... to help them. The Foundation for Roanoke Valley is hosting a one-day fundraiser on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, to aid 100+ nonprofit groups. It's the simplest way to fund the outstanding efforts of the RATC.
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How long does it take to move a mile of the Trail in Giles County, VA? Fifteen years of blood, sweat and cheers from volunteers.
Published Oct 31, 2012.
Most of us will never thru-hike the Appalachian Trail. We can come pretty close, however, by reading these thru-hikers' tales.
Maine Appalachian Trail Club's 2015 Spring Meeting in Lewiston, ME, was a time to meet new & old friends, learn about the Trail and MATC. Enjoy these pix!