The 2024 New River Symposium

We are pleased to announce that The Upper New has been invited to participate in the 2024 New River Symposium hosted by the New River Conservancy at Radford University in Radford, Virginia on April 11-12, 2024.

Photograph of the Upper New River near Farmers Fish Camp bridge in North Carolina.

The theme for the 2024 Symposium is

Rivers3 – Reconnect | Restore | Recreate

The program schedule has been announced!  Upper New founder Dr. Benjamin Erlandson will be giving a concurrent session presentation on Friday afternoon.  The Upper New will also be represented with two posters in the Thursday afternoon poster session.  More details for the presentation and posters can be found below.

2024 New River Symposium

Conference registration (and a link to the PDF of the full program) can be found at the NRC website.  On the PDF version of the program, more information can be found about the keynote speakers as well.

Reviews The Upper New Review

When the Appalachian Trail Went Through Galax

by Tom Dillon

“Virginia’s Lost Appalachian Trail,” by Mills Kelly. History Press, Charleston, S.C. 2023. 157 pages, $23.99 paperback

“The Old Appalachian Trail in Southwest Virginia,” by Susan Gail Arey. Independently published, 2023. 116 pages, $27 paperback

Talk about early relocations of the Appalachian Trail, and PATH members who’ve been around for a while will conjure up the removal of the trail in the 1980s from the dry summit ridge of Walker Mountain to Garden Mountain and Chestnut Knob.

But that’s far from the longest relo southwest Virginia has ever seen, even if the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has never bothered to tell much of the story. That’s why it’s fortunate we have a couple of other people on the job. They are Mills Kelly, a professor at George Mason University and volunteer archivist for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC), on the job, and Susan Gail Arey, an author of several hiking books.

Poetry The Upper New Review

Four Poems: Jim Minick

We are happy to announce our first publication by the Upper New Review – Four Poems by Jim Minick. We believe you will enjoy all four poems, and we would love to know your thoughts.