McAfee Knob was already popular, but its starring role in the new film, “A Walk in the Woods,” is bringing an unprecedented number of visitors. You can help keep the AT from being loved to death!
On Saturday, September 26 2015 the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club invites everyone who loves the A.T. around McAfee Knob, Dragon’s Tooth and Tinker Cliffs to pitch in and help keep it beautiful!
Why September 26? It’s National Public Lands Day! But that’s not the only reason.This event is the centerpiece of McAfee Knob’s week of recognition as a 2015 Leave No Trace Hot Spot. Out of 83 nominations, McAfee Knob was selected by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics in Boulder, Colorado as one of 12 Hot Spots nationwide. Leave No Trace Hot Spots are beloved outdoor destinations which have experienced increasing damage from irresponsible use–but can benefit from a targeted application of specific Leave No Trace practices.
The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be in the area from Sept. 23-30, leading workshops for diverse groups–from A.T. volunteers and agency staff, to young people from elementary through college age.
The morning of September 26, volunteers will gather for a greeting from the Subaru/Leave No Trace Travelling Trainers, then divide into small work crews. Each crew will be led by an RATC volunteer familiar with the project at hand, and will be provided the necessary tools and safety equipment.
A wide range of projects have been identified, such as naturalizing illegal campsites, removing graffiti, invasive species control, and trail construction and rehab. The registration form allows volunteers to identify their interests and abilities.
RATC hopes to see a massive outpouring of support from the community, but space is limited by the number of volunteer crew leaders available. To register sign up here
And thank you for giving back to the A.T. this National Public Lands Day!