The proposed trail is one of five priority trail projects identified by state officials. It would run for 26 miles on a former rail bed. Proponents say it will help the local economy, while opponents have raised concerns about safety and maintenance.
The segment of the Appalachian Trail that includes Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs is one of the busiest sections of the trail. The National Park Service has been working with regional stakeholders to develop a plan to protect the trail’s natural resources and manage the growing numbers of visitors.
The Craig Botetourt Scenic Trail is one of five priority trail projects identified by Virginia’s new Office of Trails. The 26-mile route generally will follow Craig Creek.
National Park Service seeks plan to manage three heavily-used locations near Roanoke.
Tours of the elk are available only by appointment.