Category: Appalachian Trail

Want to show your love of iconic McAfee Knob and support the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club?   McAfee Knob shirts are available in various styles and sizes via this link –  http://www.bonfire.com/store/ratc   Proceeds support the mission of the Roanoke …

McAfee Knob Shirts Available – Support Mission of Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club! Read More »

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GOOD NEWS! Beginning June 13. 2020 – The National Park Service reopened access to 27 miles of the Appalachian Trail known as the “Triple Crown”. The “Triple Crown” area includes the AT between VA Route 624 (Newport Road) and VA …

Virginia’s Triple Crown Reopens – All RATC AT Sections Now Open Read More »

https://www.ratc.org/membership As you know, RATC is an active organization devoting countless volunteer hours to maintain and improve our 120 mile section of the Appalachian Trail (AT). Funds generated from membership play an integral part in the club’s ability to provide …

Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) – Year in Review 2019 Read More »

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Sandra Marra, President & CEO of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy released the following statement, March 23, 2020; “In these unprecedented times, I am making an unprecedented request: please stay away from the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). Whether your hike is for …

COVID – 19 Update – PLEASE STAY OFF THE TRAIL Read More »

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COVID – 19 Information RATC Members/Supporters As a result of the COVID -19 pandemic we are all experiencing new and challenging times in our lives and on the Appalachian Trail. In response to the best guidance available on effective ways …

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Appalachian Trail Friend/Supporter McAfee Knob is one of the most beautiful and photographed spots along the 2,193 mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) and one of the Roanoke Valley’s defining landmarks. A large partnership including the National Park Service, the …

VA 311 McAfee Knob Trailhead/Parking Property Acquisition – We Need Your Help! Read More »

Want more solitude than the Dragon’s Tooth/McAfee Knob/Tinker Cliffs corridor on the Appalachian Trail? Just on the other side of the Catawba Valley, the NORTH MOUNTAIN TRAIL in  Jefferson National Forest offers about 12 miles of hiking and camping with …

North Mountain Trail: the road less traveled Read More »

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As we get ready to start a new hiking season,  both hikers and maintainers might enjoy this piece I wrote in honor of Katahdin guide and caretaker Roy Dudley after finishing a complete section hike of the AT in 2008. …

Hikers are from Venus, Maintainers are from Mars Read More »

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(Note: this blog is based substantially on a filing by the Indian Creek Watershed Association/ICWA to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission/FERC on December 21, 2018 – Accession No. 20181221-5334. As this blog was being posted, several more stories broke regarding …

New proof: entire Mountain Valley Pipeline project based on known falsehoods Read More »

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In 2014, Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP)/EQT confidently predicted they could build a 300+ mile pipeline through mountains and karst by late 2018 at a cost of less than $3.5 billion. Today they say they can finish by late 2019 at …

MOUNTAIN VALLEY PIPELINE UPDATE: COSTS SKYROCKET WHILE PROJECT ERODES Read More »