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Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge is proud to be an official Leave No Trace Community Partner.
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics focuses on education and the importance of responsible recreation and the protection of our outdoor areas and public lands.
We believe that we can all work together to experience the stunning beauty of Virginia’s Blue Ridge while recreating responsibly and minimizing our impacts on the environment so that it can continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.
Before any outdoor adventure in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Leave No Trace Seven Principles. These guidelines are a great way to protect nature when you spend time on the trails and outside.
The Leave No Trace Seven Principles were originally created for backcountry outdoor experiences, but can be applied to a wide range of activities, including remote wilderness areas and local parks.
Learn More: Plan Ahead & Prepare >
Learn More: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces >
Learn More: Dispose of Waste Properly >
Learn More: Leave What You Find >
Learn More: Minimize Campfire Impacts >
Learn More: Respect Wildlife >
Learn More: Be Considerate of Other Visitors >
For more information about The 7 Principles of Leave No Trace and other ways you can get involved and help protect the outdoors, check out their website at lnt.org.
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