A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

AV's Intern Team

Every year, Appalachian Voices is fortunate to assemble a phenomenal team of rockstar interns from numerous Appalachian and East Coast universities. Enjoy these posts from our interns.

Hidden Treasures: Public Forests

Yellow Branch Falls

Here, we outline a multitude of gorgeous spots off the beaten path in our national forests.

Hidden Treasures #6: West Virginia

Bog_cranberry-glades

The Cranberry Glades area of Monongahela National Forest encompasses four rare mountain bogs and includes longer and shorter hiking options. The volunteer-made Spotted Salamander Trail in Kanawha State Forest is especially accommodating for visitors with physical and visual challenges.

Hidden Treasures #6: Tennessee

Tennessee Gulf Trail

Martha Sundquist State Forest offers a rare state forest hiking trail in Tennessee. Hikers can also visit restored section of the historic Unicoi Turnpike in Cherokee National Forest.

Hidden Treasures #6: Virginia

Mount Pleasant.

The Jefferson National Forest’s Guest River Gorge Trail and George Washington National Forest’s Mt. Pleasant are both well worth visiting.

Hidden Treasures #6: North Carolina

Harper Creek Falls

Harper Creek Falls Pisgah National Forest (828) 759-0005 In the Harper Creek Wilderness Study Area of Pisgah National Forest near Collettsville, N.C., the 50-foot Harper Creek Falls cascades over slanted rocks. One way to see the falls is through a

Hidden Treasures #6: Kentucky

Red River Gorge

The Auxier Ridge Trail and nearby trails in Daniel Boone National Forest’s Red River Gorge offer stunning hiking, while the Little Shepherd Trail provides a beautiful drive along Pine Mountain and Kentenia State Forest.

New Study Maps Increase in Land Disturbed by Coal Mining

A new study shows that surface mining has cleared 1.5 million acres of land between 1976 and 2015, and also showed a drastic increase in the ratio of land cleared to tonnage of coal produced over the last three decades.

The STAY Project Celebrates 10 Years

The Stay Together Appalachian Youth (STAY) Project, a youth-led organization of people ages 14 to 30 that aims to “make Appalachia a place young people can and want to stay,” celebrated 10 years in July.

SolSmart Designation in Works for Southwest Virginia

Several counties and towns in Southwest Virginia received a federal grant to help develop solar energy in the area.

Clinch-Powell Clean Rivers Initiative Extended

State and federal agencies will continue working together to protect and restore the Clinch-Powell watershed in Tennessee and Virginia over the next 10 years.