The Wild East

Rappahannock News - - The Rapp -

The Ap­palachian Trail Con­ser­vancy (ATC) cel­e­brates the es­tab­lish­ment of Vir­ginia’s Of­fice of Out­door Re­cre­ation. The AT wel­comes more than 3 mil­lion an­nual vis­its to its chal­leng­ing “Wild East” land­scape that in­cludes Rap­pa­han­nock and Shenan­doah Na­tional Park.

Vir­ginia now joins 12 other states with of­fices of out­door re­cre­ation and two states with out­door re­cre­ation task forces. It is the fifth A.T. state — along with Maine, Mary­land, North Carolina and Ver­mont — to ded­i­cate pro­fes­sion­als to en­sure that out­door re­cre­ation is rec­og­nized as an es­sen­tial part of the lo­cal and re­gional econ­omy.

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