Celebrate Public Lands – Sept 23

Join the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and the Friends of Mount Rogers on September 23 for a special “Celebrate Public Lands” event. The event takes place from 10 AM until 2 PM at the Pat Jennings Visitor Center at 3714 Highway 16, Marion, Virginia. Enjoy a wide range of activities including fun things for

Try the Mount Rogers Smart Phone App

Check out the new smart phone app for the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area. The app provides visitors a self-guided tour focused on the Mount Rogers Scenic Byway. The first version of the app outlines a tour that extends from Mount Rogers HQ, to Raccoon Branch Campground, Hurricane Campground, and Troutdale. From Troutdale, the tour

Friends Group Still Going Strong

By D. T. Clark   Twenty-five years ago, a group of people who had been loosely organized to act as a liaison between the USDA’s Forest Service staff for the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and local citizens, set their sights on a slightly different goal and took on the name, “Friends of Mount Rogers.”

Volunteer Arena with Alice Koontz

By Alice Koontz    On April 7th, 2012, my husband, Walt, and I came to the Jefferson National Forest to volunteer at Green Cove Station. The only thing we knew about Green Cove were the pictures we seen online and that it is on the Virginia Creeper Trail. The first time I walked into the

A Fun Way to Spend Time Outside

By Jay Martin   Whether you just like to hike with a camera in your hand or you specifically plan a photography trip, getting outside with a camera can be a fulfilling way to spend an hour or an entire day. It doesn’t have to be an expensive or complicated hobby – even most cell