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52. Dragon’s Tooth, Cascade Falls, and other gems of the Eastern Divide Ranger District with Ranger Beth Christensen, George Washington & Jefferson National Forests

“I couldn’t be more proud. My staff and I have a lot of pride in taking care of these areas and this landscape, because there are so many things to love and there is so much uniqueness. But part of management is balancing the use these areas receive and trying to figure out ways to work with the public, or work with the partners, or work with a volunteer group to help support the sustainability of these areas over the long term.” -Ranger Beth Christensen, George Washington & Jefferson National Forests


Embark on an intimate trek through Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains with Ranger Beth Christensen of the Eastern Divide Ranger District in the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests.


Beth’s stories transport us from the jagged peaks of Dragon’s Tooth, a jewel in Virginia’s Triple Crown, to the powerful rush of Cascade Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the entire east coast.


Beth’s insights into visitor information and preparing for a hike are golden nuggets for any outdoor enthusiast eager to explore responsibly.


Whether you’re drawn to the high-flying raptors at Hanging Rock Observatory or the soothing sounds of Dismal Falls, this episode is a heartfelt tribute to Virginia’s wild heart and an open invitation to tread lightly, give back, and immerse yourself in the enchantment of these revered spaces. Let’s Go!


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Mentioned in this Episode:

Connect with Beth: Eastern Divide Ranger District I 540-552-4641 I Facebook

George Washington & Jefferson National Forests

7 Principles of Leave No Trace

Pandapas Pond

Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory

Dismal Falls

Dragon’s Tooth

Cascade Falls

Blacksburg Shooting Range

New River Valley Master Naturalists

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Poverty Creek Trails Coalition

Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club

Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers