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Mount Rogers


Trail Club  




P.O. Box 789 Damascus, VA 24236-0789


General Questions:  mtrogersatc@gmail.com


Trails Committee: mratcinfo@gmail.com to report maintenance problems on the trail



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The MOUNT ROGERS APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUB, a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, was organized February 29, 1960.  The club has maintenance responsibilities for 59.4 miles of the APPALACHIAN TRAIL in the Jefferson National Forest, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Grayson Highlands State Park and additional trails in the area.


The primary focus of the MOUNT ROGERS APPALACHIAN TRAIL CLUB is to help ensure that the APPALACHIAN TRAIL remains available for future generations, fulfill its maintenance responsibilities to the highest degree possible, undertake projects that would enhance use of the Trail without sacrifice of beauty or serenity and provide opportunity for Club members to enjoy activities associated with the Trail.


Hiker Alert:


(Revised 8/30/2018)  Mount Rogers/Grayson Highlands area of Southwest Virginia temporarily CLOSED to camping due to bear activity.


Due to increased bear activity, approximately 17 miles of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, and surrounding National Forest lands are closed to overnight camping until further notice. This closure order affects the A.T. between Elk Garden/VA-600 and Fox Creek/VA-603, including the three A.T. shelters in those 17 miles: Thomas Knob Shelter, Wise Shelter and Old Orchard Shelter. To read the U.S. Forest Service announcement and view a map of the closure, click here.


People who plan to backpack in the Mt. Rogers area need to check www.appalachiantrail.org/updates to find out when the overnight camping closure period is over and for any other updates.




The Appalachian Trail goes down the main street of Damascus, VA. The Town has set up a brick pathway to celebrate the Trail and the many hikers who have hiked through Town. For further information about the project, or for information about a brick you purchased, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/communitypathway.


Note: Activities are also posted on the MRATC FACEBOOK PAGE! Come check it out and join us!

Check out MRATC information and activities on Instagram:  mountrogersATclub.

MRATC is also on Twitter!: https://twitter.com/Mt_rogersATC 


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