Saving One of the Most Scenic Views on the Appalachian Trail

The National Park Service (NPS) often needs a trusted partner to take ownership of and “hold” onto land before it can be transferred to NPS. This is one of many ways that National Park Trust (NPT) works to help our national parks! Recently, NPT was asked by a partner of the Appalachian Trail National Scenic Trail, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, to take ownership of 239 acres of land called Hogan’s Hollow while NPS completes all the work that goes into accepting Federal ownership of the property. 

Thousands of hikers each year look out over Hogan’s Hollow from McAfee Knob. The 3,197-foot knob is considered one of the most scenic views and one of the most photographed places on the Appalachian Trail. This view could have been dramatically changed if the property had been developed or the timber cut, which had happened to neighboring lands. This project will also protect a section of the trail which runs through the property.

NPT Executive Director Grace Lee said, “We were excited to have been asked by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to join the team with them and The Conservation Fund to preserve this land for future generations.”

The ATC was awarded a grant from the Virginia Outdoor Foundation to make the purchase; the money was part of a legal settlement between Virginia and a company wishing to build a pipeline nearby to make up for the environmental cost of construction.

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