The Appalachian Trail in Giles County: Alive & Moving

Photo credit: The website http://gilescounty.org/

Photo credit: The website
http://gilescounty.org/

Kudos to the folks who labored to keep the Appalachian Trail in Giles County, VA, alive and moving. A one-mile portion of the famed pathway was relocated near Pearisburg, perhaps best known for the iconic Woods Hole Hostel up the Appalachian Trail (AT) "a mile or mile and a half."

The AT trailhead was the site of a celebration on Friday, March 18th in honor of the four primary groups who did the work: the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC), the Konnarock Trail Crew, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), and the U.S. Forest Service.

According to a story written by Cora Gnegy on the GilesCounty.org website:

The new route will significantly improve the hiking experience for Trail users. It eliminates two road crossings, is no longer in close proximity to private homes, and hikers can enjoy a gently graded woodland walk between Cross Avenue and Route 100. The Trail now traverses the face of the stone wall from which the Bluff City neighborhood takes its name, and the steep terrain, thriving forest, and views of the New River provide a rich and scenic hiking experience along the new route.

How long does it take to move a mile of the Trail? Fifteen years of blood, sweat and cheers from volunteers. Thanks to all who never gave up on this project ... for the benefit of others using the Trail in Giles County, Virginia.


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Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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