A celebratory walk along the proposed fracked-gas pipeline (ACP) path. See for yourself what is on the line - The rivers, forests, mountains, farms and homes that are in danger of irreversible destruction.
Starting in Highland County, we will follow as close as possible to the proposed path for 150 miles (1st leg) - Through Bath, Augusta and Nelson Co, and into the heart of Virginia; Buckingham County - the site of the proposed toxin-emitting Compression Station.
Our vision is for this to be a celebratory, peaceful walk of resistance, to share the stories of the communities and the beauty of the landscape that would be impacted, to raise awareness and help ensure that these ill-conceived plans do not come to fruition.
Together we can, must, and will prevail.
There are many ways to get involved - full and partial walks, day hikes, events, sponsorship, and plenty of other ways to support the walkers if you aren't able to join the walk yourself! Just complete the survey to let us know how you want to be involved!
The Seeds of Peace Collective will be supporting the walk by preparing three daily meals for all walkers, and our talented partners at ARTivism have created the beautiful video below, as well as a community Celebration Concert in downtown Staunton, on the middle weekend of the first two weeks of the walk; Friday June 23.
Two days later, as we head to Stuarts Draft, we'll join Friends Of Augusta for their afternoon event in Waynesboro, on Sunday June 25. From there, having walked up and over the Blue Ridge and on through Nelson County, we'll arrive at Union Hill Baptist Church in Buckingham County, for a community celebration!
COME WALK THE LINE WITH US...on this pilgrimage into the beating heart of Virginia.
The second unsupported leg (strap your backpack on!) is planned to follow on from the two supported (food supplied/prepared) weeks, which will continue to follow the proposed path on down to the VA-NC state line! More information to follow.
Day 11 (Tue 6/27) 10.6m - Steep Roads
Sherando to Nellysford
via Reid’s Gap/Blue Ridge Parkway
Day 12 (Wed 6/28) 3m + 3m - Steep Trails
Nellysford to Adial
Then afternoon hike up Roberts Mountain to observe potential site of ‘Ridgetop Removal’
Evening Potluck & Campfire Gathering - 6:30 to 9:30pm
Day 13 (Thur 6/29) 11m - Road
Adial to Wheeler’s Cove
Creekside camping and evening campfire
Day 14 (Fri 6/30) 10.7m - Road
Wheeler’s Cove to Shipman
Day 15 (Sat 7/1) 10m - Road
Shipman to Yogaville
via James River Crossing at Wingina Bridge
Dinner &Evening Satsang invitation to walkers by Yogaville Community
Day 16 (Sun 7/2) 7.6m - Road
Early morning walk to Union Hill Church for 10am Service, Community Celebration & Ceremony upon completion of the Walk into the Heart of Virginia, to proposed site of compressor station.
On to North Carolina
The second unsupported leg of the Walk (backpacks required!) will start on 7/3 or 7/4, from Union Hill in Buckingham County, check back for further details!
What you will need: A good pair of walking shoes/boots, a tent and sleeping bag if you plan to camp with us, a day pack to carry snacks/water/supplies, enough suitable clothing for the days that you plan to walk (and a bag to store them in!), and any other supplies/equipment you might want to bring.
What will be supplied:
Three meals a day prepared by Seeds of Peace ($10 per day/per walker suggested donation), your tent & equipment transported for you, overnight camping on landowner's property, guided hiking on trail sections, first aid trained group member, transport back to your vehicle if you are day hiking only.
Note: You do not need to camp with us, as you can join us just for a day (or many days). You can supply your own food if desired, or complement what is prepared.