Saving One of the Most Scenic Views on the Appalachian Trail
The National Park Trust transferred ownership of 239 acres of land to the National Park Service in one of the most popular areas of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT).
The National Park Service (NPS) often needs a trusted friend to protect land. It is one of the ways National Park Trust works to help our national parks! The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) asked the Park Trust to become the owner of 239 acres of land at Hogan Hollow. This month the ownership was transferred to the National Park Service for permanent protection of the natural views without the disruption of development or logging on the land.
Thousands of hikers each year see Hogan Hollow from McAfee Knob. The 3,197-foot overlook is thought to be one of the most scenic views on the AT. They say people take the more pictures here than any other place on the Appalachian Trail. This view could dramatically change if someone built on the property or cut trees, which happened on neighboring land. This project also protects a section of the trail which runs through the property.
The ATC was awarded a grant from the Virginia Outdoor Foundation to make the purchase. The funds were a part of a legal settlement between Virginia and a company that wanted to build a pipeline nearby to offset the environmental impact of construction. The Conservation Fund managed the sale of the property with the landowners.
NPT Executive Director Grace Lee stated, “We are always willing to provide our expertise and support to benefit national park sites, and are pleased to be able to assist the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund in preserving this land for park visitors to enjoy in perpetuity.”