Mountain Valley Pipeline: An Unnecessary Threat to the Appalachian Trail

The Mountain Valley Pipeline, spearheaded by EQT Corporation, is proposed to carry fracked natural gas for over 300 miles through the Virginia and West Virginia countryside, crossing over dozens of water sources, through protected areas and breaching the A.T. corridor. The pipeline will run parallel to the Appalachian Trail for over 90 miles and carve ugly gashes in the...

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Gov. helps open hiking trails at Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve

Exploring Crow’s Nest Natural Area Preserve’s mature forests and scenic overlooks by foot has finally gotten easier. Nearly a decade after its nearly 3,000 acres nestled between Accokeek and Potomac creeks in Stafford County, Virginia were dedicated as a preserve, eight miles of hiking trails have officially opened to the public. They can be used Thursdays through...

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Roanoke club helping with foot-by-foot survey of Appalachian Trail

With cicadas buzzing above their heads and a splash of a nearby stream providing the metronome to their march, two men document the details of a section of the Appalachian Trail in Craig County, VA in hopes of earning the recognition they say it deserves. They wake up early, prepare for a long day of hiking through the woods and traipse through a different stretch of the...

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Bear-resistant lockers installed along Catawba section of Appalachian Trail

Bears in the Smoky Mountains long ago figured out how to raid food bags hanging from trees. But until this year, the bears in the Blue Ridge didn’t know how. Now, mama bears are teaching the baby bears how to do it. Are the black bears in the areas of McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs in Virginia growing smarter? At the least, they seem cagier and more socialized to...

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Relocated Section of the Appalachian Trail near Pearisburg, VA

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC), and the United States Forest Service announced the opening of an approximately 1-mile relocated section of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) near Pearisburg, Virginia. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday, March 18, 2016 at the A.T. trailhead near historic Pearis Cemetery along VA Route...

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Settlement Gives Utility The Go-Ahead To Dump Coal Ash Wastewater Into Virginia Rivers

A utility company that will legally dispose of coal ash water in two Virginia waterways agreed to treat waste going into the James River to a more stringent standard than the state required, though legal appeals to the controversial plan remain. The settlement agreement between Dominion Virginia Power and the James River Association comes a day after the company reached...

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Featured Recreational Trails Program: The Rivanna Trail – Charlottesville, Virginia

The Rivanna Trail is bounded by the Rivanna River, two of its tributaries (Meadow and Moore’s Creeks), and a small undeveloped mountain called Observatory Hill. The twenty-mile rustic footpath meanders through the natural greenbelt that surrounds the City of Charlottesville. The area provides a scenic opportunity for hiking, and residents and visitors alike can...

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Hiking the Appalachian Trail: Meet on the ledges

The Appalachian Trail north of Damascus, Virginia, follows a portion of the Virginia Creeper Trail, a popular 35-mile rail trail, before climbing into the high country of grassy bald summits and spruce-fir forests of the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, which contains 5,000 acres of terrain over 4,000 feet in elevation. At 5,729 feet, heavily forested Mount Rogers...

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Kids in Parks Hiking Trail Opens in Crozet, VA

Thanks to a new partnership between Albemarle County and the Kids in Parks program, there’s a new family hiking trail in Crozet, Virginia. Kids in Parks is a national program designed to get kids outside and exploring. The new trailhead at Mint Springs Park is open with a kiosk stocked with interactive maps. Kids in Parks calls it a track trail, it has free guides...

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16 Hiking Spots In Virginia That Will Leave You In Awe

After the longest winter in the history of mankind, Spring is finally here. And that means it’s time to get out the hiking boots, fill up the water bottles and hit the trails. It may seem impossible to see all of the incredible hikes, treks and trails available in Virginia’s great outdoors, but there’s no time like the present to start trying and no better place to start...

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Blue Ridge Parkway Announces Temporary Road Closures for Routine Maintenance From Milepost 0 to 106

Beginning Monday morning, March 16, 2015,and continuing for approximately one month, Blue Ridge Parkway maintenance personnel will be conducting road shoulder and ditch cleaning operations along Virginia sections of the Parkway. Specific information regarding daily closures in these work zones will be available on the Parkway’s Real Time Road Map, found at here....

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Appalachian Trail Specialty License Plates Generate Record Funds in Virginia

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy says a record amount of funds were generated from sales of the Virginia Appalachian Trail (A.T.) specialty license plate in 2014. Those funds have been applied to the protection and stewardship of the Trail in Virginia. The Conservancy says $45,000 was generated and will enabled the it to fund projects including open area management in...

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10 great stops along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Picture the Blue Ridge Parkway as a crooked spine running through the Appalachian Mountains. Government stewardship of public lands is splashed across the map in confusing variety – a national park at either end, national forests, historic sites, monuments and state parks along its 469 miles. The road snakes through some of the most glorious fall color in North America...

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Building the Blue Ridge Parkway

Early in the 20th Century, there were very few National Parks in the eastern portion of the United States. Forward-thinking dreamers in the government purchased the lands for Shenandoah National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the late 1920’s, and that led to the idea of a plan for a scenic motor road that would connect the two parks and their...

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Mountain stones become walls and stairs for relocated Appalachian Trail

The clang of a hammer on a metal wedge signaled the latest step — quite literally — in the long repositioning of the Appalachian Trail here above Bluff City, Virginia. For much of the past two weeks, volunteers have built stone stairways and retaining walls using the rocks that abundantly dot and jut from the surrounding mountainsides. Artfully stacked without cement,...

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Get Your Kids Hiking event June 14 at SNP

Shenandoah National Park and the Shenandoah National Park Association once again will host a special program featuring Jeff Alt, renowned author of Get Your Kids Hiking: How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun, who will inspire families to enjoy and care for nature and the outdoors. At 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, Alt teams up with Shenandoah National Park Rangers to...

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Man discovers 35-year-old plane wreckage on Appalachian Trail

More than 35 years after a military accident claimed the lives of two Navy airmen in the wilderness of Amherst County, VA, a Lexington veteran made a sobering discovery along the Appalachian Trail that also provides answers to a personal quest. Earlier this month, Robert Hawkins, 66, discovered what he believes to be what remains of a 1979 plane crash in the Bald Knob...

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4th Grade Class helps improve Appalachian Trail safety

Appalachian Trail hikers were not expecting to meet a fourth grade class when they reached the Appalachian Trail crossing on Remount Road near Front Royal, VA. But the class worked all year for hikers just like them. These hikers were on their way home to Massachusetts after starting the trail in Georgia, and met with the children responsible for having a “hikers...

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Free Birds and Blooms hikes at Peaks of Otter April 26

The Blue Ridge Parkway – Peaks of Otter – is pleased to announce two guided hikes, led by National  Park Service Ranger Peter Hamel and Virginia Master Naturalist Martin Dileggi, in the Peaks of Otter  area on Saturday April 26, 2014 highlighting the return of migratory birds and emerging spring ...

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Major Section of the Appalachian Trail in Southwest Virginia Permanently Protected

After nearly 30 years, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in Giles County, Virginia near the New River will be on permanently protected lands through the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Forest Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Celanese Corporation and other private land owners. With this action there are only a few short segments of the 2,180-mile Trail...

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Blue Ridge Parkway announces temporary road closure as restoration work begins at Mabry Mill

A section of Blue Ridge Parkway from Milepost 174 to Milepost 177.5 will close on Monday, March 17, 2014, in order to begin restoration activities at Mabry Mill. The signed detour, from Virginia State Route 758 to Old Route 58 (Jeb Stuart Highway), will be in place for approximately two weeks. Due to the dangerous nature of the work in this area, complete closure of the...

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Waynesboro, Va. Hiking Shelter Now Equipped With Solar Power

Waynesboro is getting greener. The hiker shelter off Arch Street now has solar power. Many hikers stop at the shelter while walking the Appalachian Trail. Now, the hiking shelter includes a charging station for them. Waynesboro Parks & Recreation and Sigora Solar handled the project. With the solar panel, hikers can now charge their cellphones, mp3 players and other...

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Earn college credit for hiking Appalachian Trail

Kasi Quinn did it. So did J.B. “Jason” Hibbitts. They thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. Both also came back to Emory, Va., and reported on their hikes – even earning college credit – through a program called Semester-A-Trail at Emory & Henry College. Jim Harrison, the college’s director of outdoor programming, calls this “a special studies...

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A historical pictorial of the Appalachian Trail at Chester, VA Library

The Appalachian Trail, celebrating its 75th year, will be the subject of discussion at Chester Library’s Morning Coffee Break on July 16th. A Pictorial History of Virginia’s Appalachian Trail with Leonard Adkins will provide a look at life in the mountains before and during the trail’s creation. The 2,174 mile scenic trail has been stated to be the most famous hiking...

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Humpback Rocks: A hiking hot spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway

For the inexperienced hiker, the task might be a bit rigorous. But for anyone, be it a novice or a seasoned mountain climber, the reward for reaching the peak is spine-tingling. Humpback Rocks, a hiker’s picturesque paradise, draws tourists from all over to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Located just outside Waynesboro, VA, about 6 miles down the parkway at the northern end,...

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Shenandoah Park hiking trip set for July 13

Hikers of all ages are invited to join veteran hiker Bob Floren for a hiking trip in the Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, July 13. The trip is sponsored by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. It will include hikes to the summits of two 4,000-foot peaks: Stony Man and Hawksbill. Both peaks will offer panoramic views of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. The two hikes...

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Get Your Kids Hiking! At Shenandoah National Park

This short family stroll turns a walk in the park into a fun filled multi-dimensional adventure. Family hiking expert and author of Get Your Kids Hiking, Jeff Alt, teams up with Shenandoah National Park Rangers to lead kids and accompanying adults on a short hike loaded with hands on family hiking tips and ways to explore the outdoors. July 6, 2013 10:30 a.m. Byrd...

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Revamped hiking trails open at Lee Memorial Park, Va.

For the first time in nearly six decades, the hiking trails at Lee Memorial Park received a much-needed face lift. Residents of Petersburg, Va. will now have a chance to explore looped trails that overlook Willcox Lake, as well as encounter historic Confederate breastworks. The Willcox Watershed Conservancy cut the ribbon on four revamped trails, trail markers and a new...

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When Segregation Reached Right Into the National Parks

These photos of segregated areas in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park date to the 1930s and 1940s. Images of segregation in urban areas abound, but there’s something especially disturbing about seeing the practice carried into the supposedly utopian outdoor playground of a national park. Within the large Western national parks, established in the early 20th century,...

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Hikers flock to Damascus, VA for Appalachian Trail Days

You’ve heard the phrase “take a hike,” and that’s exactly what thousands of people are doing this weekend in Damascus, Virginia. They’re hiking the Appalachian Trail to attend the 27th annual Appalachian Trail Days. If you’re wondering just how many hikers will be visiting this weekend, organizers say they’re expect to see 15,000...

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Blue Ridge Parkway Wildflowers Bloom Schedule

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a wildflower lover’s paradise, offering a huge variety of native species during spring, summer and fall. Depending on your elevation and north/south orientation, some species can be found blooming over a considerably long period of time. This list is a highlight of some of the most popular wildflowers, their usual months in bloom and...

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FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway (FRIENDS) has launched a two-year 25th anniversary celebration commemorating the volunteer-driven organization’s founding in North Carolina in 1988 and in Virginia the following year. “We believe the best way to celebrate a quarter century of service to the Blue Ridge Parkway is with a renewed commitment to America’s...

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