ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - More than 40 people from 17 different organizations hit the trails on Thursday.
The group hiked 20 miles from Carvin's Cove to Mill Mountain as part of the Blue Ridge Land Conservancy's 20 year anniversary.
The hike took participants through areas the non-profit has worked to conserve, gave them access to the great outdoors and furtherd the organization's mission.
"As Roanoke continues to grow, we do want to protect those great beautiful places that make this a beautiful place to live, an enjoyable place to live," said Meagan Cupka, a project manager with BRLC.
"There's this kind of disconnect between people and nature and anything we can do to make that connection stronger, make people appreciate it, the better," explained BLRC board member Nelson LaFon.
The BRLC works with private land owners and organizations to protect local resources like farms, forests, waterways and rural landscapes.
The group also participates in environmental education efforts.