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Introducing….The Virginia Appalachian Trail License Plate!

Look what my good friend and boss, Larry, received in the mail yesterday!

Virginia AT License Plate (by Larry)
Larry’s New License Plate (Photo by Larry Bowman)

Eighteen months after I first posted about the efforts to get a Virginia Appalachian Trail License plate, we have it! And it’s beautiful!!!!

Live in Virginia and want to support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy while having a nice plate of your own? Visit your local DMV!

May 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm 6 comments

Virginia Appalachian Trail Plate = REALITY!!!!!

Heard from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy! They needed 350 pre-paid applications to make the Virginia Appalachian Trail License Plate a reality.

They have 387!!!!!

387 > 350.


So this means that I WILL be getting my AT License Plate featuring beautiful, McAfee’s Knob.

If you are jealous and live in Virginia, no worries. You can fill in an application for your plate at any time.

July 11, 2008 at 10:06 am 3 comments

Virginia AT License Plate – Only 37 More to Go!

I just heard some great news from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. They currently have 313 pre-paid applications for the new plate. They need 350 by mid-July, which means they only need 37 more applications!

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If you happen to want to be one of those final 37 people who make this license plate happen, you can find more information and fill out an application through the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

With 37 more applications, this plate could be MINE!

As a refresher, the plate is beautiful, it’s only $25 dollars a year, you get a free membership to the ATC and the funds go towards the conservation, maintenance and education of the AT.

July 3, 2008 at 11:07 am 1 comment

Mass Email in Regards to Virginia Appalachian Trail Plate

I just sent out a mass email to all my friends and family that I know enjoy the outdoors about the Virginia Appalachian Trail Plate.  The same goes to you, blog readers!  If you know anyone who may be interested, please pass the word on!

    I think I have “nagged” many of you before, but one last time for good measure! The Appalachian Trail Conservancy ( is trying to get an Appalachian Trail license plate approved in Virginia.  They need 350 pre-paid commitments by mid-July.  They currently only have 142. L The plate is absolutely beautiful and features Catawba’s own McAfee’s Knob (See attached)


The plate will cost $25 a year—with it one gets a FREE membership to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the revenues from these plates goes towards the conservation, maintenance and education efforts of the AT. The North Carolina Appalachian Trail License Plate has generated $150,000 that has gone right back to the trail!


Now I certainly don’t expect all of you to be in a position to hop on board and sign up for a plate.  My main intent is to the spread the word.  You and I share a common love of the outdoors and if you happen to also share that love with a Virginia resident who might be interested in an Appalachian Trail License Plate, please pass the information on!


You can read more details and fill out an application at:


Thanks and I hope everyone is well!


June 13, 2008 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

The Final Virginia Appalachian Trail License Plate Design!

Yesterday, I went to Damascus for the Appalachian Trail Days celebration.  While I was there I did stop by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy booth and saw the display of the winning design for the Virginia Appalachian Trail License Plate!!!

The winning design– featuring McAfee’s Knob!

It wasn’t my favorite of the three designs, but it still features McAfee’s Knob, so I’m more than satisfied!  If you are interested in getting a Virginia Appalachian Trail License plate, you can download an application from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

Also–  Voting for Georgia Appalachian Trail License Plate Design is open until May 23rd.

May 18, 2008 at 12:04 pm 2 comments

More McAfee Knob Poses

Sitting on the very edge wasn’t the only McAfee Knob pose that was overlooked in the Virginia Appalachian Trail License Plate designs.  Here are two more for your consideration:

Handstand on McAfee’s Knob (Photo by Sam E.)

A variety of options (Photo by studiofluid)

P.S. Does the color quality of the first picture make you suspect a fake?  Sam E. has another McAfee Knob Handstand shot from last October!

April 21, 2008 at 9:18 am 4 comments

Snubbed McAfee Knob Pose!

Earlier this week, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy revealed the design finalists for the Virginia Appalachian Trail License plate. Two of the designs featured McAfee’s Knob and they experimented with different poses for the hiker at the top. As a refresher, here were the two poses:

Option A Hiker

Option B Hiker

But there is another possibility that apparently did not make the final consideration- Sitting on the very edge with your legs dangling!

Okay.  Perhaps that pose isn’t exactly state-sanctioned license plate material.  🙂 But it does seem to be a Flickr user favorite.  Enjoy!

Photo by Knaptime

Photo by asafantman

Photo by engmike8

Photo by rasudduth

Photo by erskingardner

Photo by kokokestrel

P.S. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Virginia Appalachian Trail License Plate design!

April 18, 2008 at 2:28 pm 7 comments

Virginia License Plate – Design Finalists!

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Virginia DMV have come with with three designs for the new specialty plate.  The ATC is conducting a survey on the designs.  You can vote for your favorite here.

Option A

Option B

Option C

I like that McAfee’s Knob clearly made it in two of the three designs.  If you go by the image name, the last design was apparently inspired by Mount Rogers.  That was not obvious to me.

My favorite is Option A.  I love that it is McAfee’s Knob.  I like the slight green of the landscape.  The logo on the right is reminiscent of the old metal blazes used for the AT.  And– I find the hiker’s raised arms an extremely accurate representation of how you feel the very first time you make it up the to that view.

Polls on the plate design stay open until 5 PM on May 14th.  The winning design will be announced at Trail Days in Damascus on May 16th.  You could not get more fitting than that!

April 16, 2008 at 1:35 pm 11 comments

Update on Virginia AT License Plate

Received an update regarding the Virginia Appalachian Trail Specialty License Plate.  The hearing date has been changed, but more importantly — in just a couple of days, they got 300 people added to their support list!!!!

Greetings again, fellow lovers of the Appalachian Trail!

Thanks so much for expressing your support for the Appalachian Trail license plate program in Virginia.  I need to bring you up-to-date on recent developments: 

For starters, we’ve received almost 300 emails of support for the program in just a few days.  Thanks to all of you!!!! 

The Transportation Committee hearing date has been changed from Thursday, January 31, 2008 to the following Thursday, February 7, 2008.  We will compile all of the supporting emails into a signed “petition” which will be included in our testimony in front of the committee.   We already have a sizable contingent of folks who will be attending the meeting.  Due to the ambitious agenda already on the docket and the limited space in the senate room, we’ve been asked to keep the attendance limited to those folks. 

Once the bill passes the Senate, we all need to be ready to act quickly and to work together.  The House may well require that we have 350 pre-paid registrants before they will introduce the bill.  I will keep all interested parties informed and involved in this process.  Assuming that the bill makes it through both the House and the Senate, the plates will be available some time in 2009.  We won’t start seeing revenue from the plates until the first 1,000 have been sold, which will likely be in 2010.  Once we know that the bill has passed, ATC will follow up with all Virginia Clubs to: 1) garner their participation in selecting a final design for the plate and 2) help ATC develop a policy on how the monies raised will be distributed to worthy AT projects throughout the state on an ongoing basis.

I appreciate your help with this very exciting project.  Please let me know if you have any questions.   

Jack Noll, Education and Outreach Specialist, ATC Virginia Regional Office

January 29, 2008 at 3:30 pm 1 comment

Virginia AT License Plate

I received some more details on the Virginia Appalachian Trail License Plate effort! If you are a resident in Virginia and interested in an AT plate, please take a few moments to email the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and show your support (instructions at the bottom):

Dear fellow lover of the Appalachian Trail,

Your wait for a special Virginia license tag celebrating the Appalachian Trail may soon be over. In fact, thanks to a lot of last-minute hard work on the part of several key players, we’ve just received word that a bill will be introduced to the Virginia Senate’s Transportation Committee. The hearing will take place this coming Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 2:00pm in Senate Room B in Richmond. The text of that bill is as follows:


2 Offered January 9, 2008

3 Prefiled January 8, 2008

4 A BILL to authorize the issuance of special license plates to supporters of the Appalachian Trail; fees.

5 ––––––––––


6 ––––––––––

7 Referred to Committee on Transportation

8 ––––––––––

9 Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

10 1. § 1. Special license plates for supporters of the Appalachian Trail; fees.

11 A. On receipt of an application and payment of the fee prescribed by this section, and following the

12 provisions of § 46.2-725 of the Code of Virginia other than those relating to the fee for the plates and

13 its disposition, the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles shall issue to the applicant

14 special license plates for supporters of the Appalachian Trail.

15 B. The annual fee for plates issued pursuant to this section shall be $25 in addition to the prescribed

16 fee for state license plates. For each such $25 fee collected in excess of 1,000 registrations pursuant to

17 this section, $15 shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to a special nonreverting fund known

18 as the Appalachian Trail Fund established within the Department of Accounts. These funds shall be paid

19 annually to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and used to support its operation and programs in

20 Virginia. All other fees imposed under the provisions of this section shall be paid to, and received by,

21 the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles, and paid by him into the state treasury and set

22 aside as a special fund to be used to meet the necessary expenses incurred by the Department of Motor

In order to make this happen during this session, we need a really strong showing of support. Please considering taking a couple of minutes to help us make this a reality by doing the following:

1) Create an email to: with a subject of “Virginia AT Tag Program”

2) Cut and paste the following form (between the dashed lines) into that email:



Email address:

Zip Code:

I am a resident of the state of Virginia, and I support the creation of an “Appalachian Trail” license tag for the state of Virginia. I understand that purchasing this plate, once available, will cost an additional $25 per vehicle. Please let me know as soon as such a plate is available!


3) Send the email as soon as possible (no later than Tuesday, January 29th).

4) If at all possible, show up at the hearing to further voice your support.

Thanks so much for your show of support!

January 25, 2008 at 7:04 pm Leave a comment

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