The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club is looking for new volunteers to protect McAfee Knob and Dragons Tooth as Volunteer Ridgerunners. The final Training Day of 2019 will be Saturday, September 7 from 9 am to 4 pm. Please email Kathryn Herndon-Powell or call her at 540-904-4316 to attend.

Volunteer Ridgerunners engage hikers in friendly conversations about the natural and cultural significance of this area and tips on best practices for enjoying the Trail safely and responsibly. They report on trail conditions and perform light trail maintenance to prevent small problems from getting worse–like dismantling illegal fire rings, packing out trash, and blocking social trails to discourage shortcutting. In 2018, 38 Volunteer Ridgerunners logged 1,125 volunteer hours, spoke with over 18,000 visitors and removed 570 gallons of litter!

If you want to join this lively group of dedicated stewards, you must:

–> Join the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club ($20/year)
–> Join the McAfee Knob Task Force Meetup group (free)
–> Commit to volunteer at least one weekend day per month (Fri/Sat/Sun), April through November
–> Attend a Training Day
–> Join an Orientation Hike

You don’t have to be an athlete to join, some of the most important conversations happen right in the parking lot. Whether you want to hike all the way to McAfee Knob and back, or just have a few hours to give closer to your car, we could use your help.

At the September 7 Training Day, we’ll spend half the day in the classroom and half the day on the Trail with a short hike. Lunch will be provided, so we need an accurate head count. Please RSVP to Kathryn Herndon-Powell: or 540-904-4316.


Kathryn Herndon-Powell
Education and Outreach Coordinator

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Central & Southwest Virginia Regional Office
416 Campbell Avenue SW, Suite 101
Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone: 540.904.4316
Fax: 540.904.4368