Hiker taken to hospital after fall down embankment of Appalachian Trail near Catawba

Courtesy Roanoke County Fire & Rescue
Courtesy Roanoke County Fire & Rescue(Roanoke County Fire & Rescue)
Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 3:56 PM EST
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(WDBJ) - A hiker was taken to a hospital with a non-critical head injury Saturday after falling from the Sawtooth Trail down a steep embankment.

Crews responded to the area of the McAfee Knob parking lot around noon Saturday.

Sawtooth is the Appalachian Trail connector between McAfee Knob and Dragon’s Tooth. The hiker was about one mile from the McAfee Knob parking lot at the time of the fall.

The patient exited near The Homeplace Restaurant after having to be carried out through steep, icy terrain and over a creek.

About 20 emergency crew personnel responded to the incident.

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