Have you ever hiked Dragon's Tooth, McAfee Knob or Tinker Cliffs? These sites make up "Virginia's Triple Crown" and are maintained by Volunteers of the Roanoke Applachian Trail Club (RATC). McAfee Knob is the most photographed spot on the 2,190 mile Appalachian Trail,(AT).
Founded by Appalachian Trail pioneer Myron Avery in 1932, RATC volunteers are stewards of the iconic Appalachian Trail who:
* Maintain1 20+ miles of the AT (including 16 shelters) from Va 611 in Bland County to Black Horse Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway
* Maintain non AT connector Trails, i.e, Dragon's Tooth Trail and Andy Layne Trail
* Lead dozens of free recreational hikes each year
* Serve as Volunteer Ridgerunners who patrol Virginia's Triple Crown (McAfee Knob, Dragon's Tooth and Tinker Cliffs)
* Remove invasive species and protect native plants
* Educate the community on conservation and Leave No Trace principles
* Advocate for AT againist a wide variety of threats
Your contribution will buy materials and supplies needed to maintain 120 miles of the AT and Non AT connector trails, continue Volunteer Ridgerunner program, provide a variety of free recreational hikes allow us to be strong advocates for the AT and hiking in our region.