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Virginia

Appalachian Trail

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Recreation Opportunities

The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest hiking trails in the world, winding for more than 2,000 miles through 14 states, from Maine to Georgia.

The long-distance hiking and backpacking opportunities provided by the Appalachian Trail are especially hard to come by in the eastern U.S., making the trail and its surrounding lands truly special and worth protecting. The trail sees 3 million visitors every year, thanks to its accessibility from major population centers, including our nation’s capital. From thick spruce-fir forests to ridgelines offering sweeping mountain views, the Appalachian Trail offers one of the most incredible outdoor recreation experiences in the country.

The Threat

Natural Gas Pipeline

A proposed 300-mile Mountain Valley Pipeline would originate in West Virginia and cut across the Appalachian Mountains within the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia. The route proposed for the pipeline would severely impact recreation experiences on the Appalachian Trail by ruining scenic vistas. Specifically, the pipeline would cut across the trail immediately adjacent to the Peters Mountain Wilderness and cut right through the Brush Mountain inventoried roadless area.

Undoubtedly, what draws hikers to the Appalachian Trail and the surrounding public lands is the chance to take in breathtaking scenery—from the White Mountains to Great Smoky Mountains—and the countless peaks and valleys, lakes and rivers that mark the landscapes along the way.
Stop the proposed pipeline through the Appalachian Trail

A proposed pipeline would cut directly across the Appalachian Trail in West Virginia and Virginia, severely impacting recreational experiences and ruining scenic vistas. Stop this attack on one of America’s revered hiking trails and prized wilderness regions on the East Coast. Please sign below to show Congress you wish to stop this pipeline’s destructive path!