Laurie Foot

2007 Volunteer of the Year VARO

Laurie Foot Volunteer of the Year for Central and Southwest Virginia region. For more than 20 years she has been an active member of the Natural Bridge Appalachian Trail Club ( She has held the offices of president, vice-president, and membership chair and club treasurer. She has helped maintain a section of the Trail for 20 years and coordinates the clubís telephone tree and its Adopt-A-Highway project. Foot has completed the A.T. and is a field editor for the Thru-Hikers Companion. She and her late husband Bill were instrumental in getting the A.T. pedestrian bridge over the James River (named in Billís memory) constructed. The couple was the first to traverse the American Discovery Trail (ADT), and she is a past president of the ADT Society and currently serves on its board and as newsletter editor. She also serves on the steering committee of Virginia Greenways and Blueways and on the Lynchburg Master Trails Team committee. She often makes presentations to groups and is a valued spokesperson not only for the A.T. but for all hiking.