Crews rescue hiker that fell 200 feet off Appalachian Trail in Rockbridge County

Multiple crews at work to locate lost hiker on Appalachian Trail (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)


First responders have rescued an injured hiker who fell from the icy Appalachian Trail, making this the third rescue like this along the trail over the weekend.

Crews said the hiker fell about 200 feet off the mountain while hiking with a group.

A team of 60 first responders spent more than seven hours trying to save the hiker.

While a helicopter rescued the hiker, a few crews stepped through the snow to treat them on the ground.

“We’re at the point where we’re starting to get people out, but now the concern is the rescuers making their way out of the woods safely.”

This rescue happened on the same stretch of the Appalachian Trail where another injured hiker was airlifted.


Emergency crews are working to locate a lost hiker Sunday afternoon in Rockbridge County.

At about 3:15 p.m., the Big Island Volunteer Fire Company and Bedford County Special Operations Command were dispatched to another emergency rescue on the Appalachian Trail.

Additional resources from the Amherst County Department of Public Safety and Lynchburg Fire & EMS were requested to find this hiker.

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