Photo of visitors enjoying McAfee Knob - copyright Suzanne Neal

Appalachian Trail Triple Crown Visitor Use Management Plan

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Dear Friends,

The National Park Service is seeking your feedback on how to best manage visitor use on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) between VA 620 and VA 652 which includes Dragon's Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs, just west of Roanoke, Virginia. This section is also referred to as the Virginia's Triple Crown.

This A.T. section is experiencing increasing visitor use levels leading to negative impacts to resources, overcrowded facilities, and causing safety concerns at road crossings.
The National Park Service and partners have begun a planning process to explore how to address these concerns while balancing visitor use and conservation of the trail's resources.

We are now considering strategies to address key issues, and we need your ideas. For example, should we examine the feasibility of hiker shuttles, redesign or add new campsites, actively manage parking, and/or consider trail rerouting?

Please review the materials and comment online by clicking on "Open for Comment" now through March 31.

Thank you for your interest in helping us improve and conserve this section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Wendy Janssen

Superintendent, Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Contact Information

Rachel Collins 303-501-3138