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Graffiti Defaces National Park Trail

It's at New River Gorge in West Virginia
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2016 2:08 PM CDT
Graffiti Defaces National Park Trail
The graffiti at New River Gorge in West Virginia.   (National Park Service)

(Newser) – Long Point Trail in West Virginia's New River Gorge offers spectacular vistas of the mountains, the namesake river, and now, the affection of "AW" and "TK." National Park Service officials are looking for the person responsible for spray-painting "AW (heart) TK" on a rock located at a scenic overlook, reports the Charleston Gazette-Mail. At 8 feet long and 2 feet high, the message is pretty much impossible for hikers to miss.

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“Graffiti is illegal everywhere, but it’s particularly disheartening to see the lack of respect shown in this case,” says a parks official. “This is one of the most popular trails in the park. It offers outstanding views and hikers have to work to get out here." The maximum punishment for the vandalism is six months in prison and a $5,000 fine. (This woman has been banned from 524 million acres of public land because of her graffiti.)

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