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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 Alerts:



The VA Creeper Trail, Damascus Town Park, and AT trailheads in the Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area have reopened.

(Use of shelters and privies is not recommended at this time.)


ATC: The website below has ATC recommendations for hikers and for trail volunteers.



Virginia State Parks are open for hiking and are getting lots of day use. The backpackers’ lot at Grayson Highlands St. Park has reopened. Reservations are required. Campgrounds and rest rooms have reopened.



Trail Closure & AT Re-Route near Dickey Gap (Rtes. 16 & 650),

Mount Rogers National Recreation Area,

9/18/2019 until further notice:


The footbridge over Comers Creek on the A.T. is unsafe due to a structural fault and will be removed.


The traditional route of the A.T. in this area is currently CLOSED for two miles between Comers Creek Road/VA-650/ at Dickey Gap and the junction of the A.T. with the blue-blazed Dickey Gap Trail until a safe crossing of Comers Creek is established.


A temporary re-route of the Appalachian Trail (now following VA-650/Comers Creek Road, the Hurricane Campground Road, and Dickey Gap Trail) has been marked with posts with white blazes and is the official route of the A.T. until the closed section is re-opened.  For updates, check the ATC’s website:  http://appalachiantrail.org/home/explore-the-trail/trail-updates.


  Backpackers:  Be Bear Aware!


Because there have been bear/human encounters at campsites in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, and bears have learned to pull down food bags hung in trees, it is highly recommended that anyone camping overnight put their food and "smellables" in the metal bear boxes installed at nine locations. 



Miles north of Damascus

Saunders Shelter


Lost Mtn. Shelter


just north of Thomas Knob Shelter


just south of Rhododendron Gap


just north of Wise Shelter


The Scales


Old Orchard Shelter


Hurricane Mtn. Shelter


Trimpi Shelter



Trail Center Update:




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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Our website was born on 08/15/1998.

Last updated on 07/26/2020

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