Sometimes you want to hike alone and then there are those times when you want your hiking buddies with you. These groups will help you find the path less traveled … and with more than 1,000 miles of trails within an hour’s drive of Roanoke that should be pretty easy.
Pathfinders is a group of citizens who represent the trail users of the Roanoke Valley for non-motorized trail uses, with a vision is to have all area trail users meet and work together on projects that would benefit the community.
The Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) is a recreational hiking association of volunteers who preserve and improve the Appalachian Trail as the nation’s premier, continuous, long-distance footpath. Founded in 1932, the club is celebrating 90 years of service and adventure on the Appalachian Trail.
The RATC is an all volunteer 503(c) nonprofit Appalachian Trail (AT) trail maintenance organization. The club maintain 120 miles, 16 Shelter/Privies and 53 bridges on the Appalachian Trail from Lick skillet Hollow in Giles County, VA to Black Horse Gap in Botetourt County, VA. This includes Virginia’s “Triple Crown”, i.e., Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs. McAfee Knob is the most photographed spot on the AT with approximately 50,000 hikers visiting each year. Virginia’s “Triple Crown” has become a destination hike and draws visitors/hikers from all over the USA.
Show your support for the Appalachian Trail by purchasing a McAfee Knob t-shirt. All proceeds from shirt sales will be utilized by RATC to continue our mission to maintain, protect and preserve with an emphasis on Virginia’s Triple Crown, i.e., Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs.
With more than 380 members this club seeks to bring together people from the Roanoke and New River Valleys who are interested in outdoor activities. Members have a wide variety of interests and experience levels and provide a mix of activities (hiking, backpacking, biking, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, caving, etc.).
The Roanoke Outdoor & Social Group uses the Meetup.com web service to connect members.
We are a group of friends who want to exercise at our own pace, meet new friends and enjoy ourselves. No pressure. We do what we can do with no expectations. All communication done through our Facebook group page.
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