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We depend on Volunteers to support  everything we do.....1000+ miles of trails we maintain, 80+ cabins & shelters, maps & guidebooks, training classes, and the hiking  experiences we lead.  All volunteers are welcome of any age or backgrounds. No previous experience is necessary - just a desire to work hard & have a great time giving back to preserve our footpaths. Enthusiasm, good health, physical vigor, and adaptability are vital. Willingness to follow instructions and safety rules and to share equally in tasks are essential.    No matter your age or skill, your help is needed.

Volunteers Needed

Trail Maintenance
PATC sponsors a number of trail crews which are organized geographically within our territory.  If you are outside the DC area, many of the trails crews are also associated with one of our Chapters.   Basic trail work includes keeping the footpath clear by managing natural overgrowth, removing obstacles from the tread, controlling erosion, and ensuring that blazes and signage are clear and obvious.   Crews also tackle larger trail tasks like building or maintaining foot bridges, building and relocating sections of the footpath or caring for overnight sites.
Requirements:  No prior experience required; we will train on the job, just bring your enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:    Choose the best location for you & click on the Trail Crew to email the crew leader

MD Battlefield Park
Shenandoah North
Shenandoah Central
Shenandoah South           
Bull Run Occoquan Trail
  Trail Crew
Yankee Clippers
South Mountaineers 
Old Line Crew
Blue and White Crew 
Flying Mcleods   
Potomac Crew            
Great North Mountain
DC Metro            
Wolf Trap
Prince William Forest Park 
    Trail Crew
Stonewall Brigade

Rock Creek Filibusters                
Wolf Trap Trail Performers          
Spooky Beavers 
Cadillac Crew
Acme Treadway Company

You can also join one of our 
Week long Work Crews
Click here to see our current openings
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New Boots

Volunteers Appointed in August


Lucas Good                                Rock Spring Hut

Allen Moyer                                Rock Spring Hut


Oliver Pierson                            AT ~ Jenkins Gap to Hogwallow Gap

Joshua Fuchs                            AT ~ Pocosin Fire Road to Dean Mt. Road

Annette Owens                          AT ~ Flattop Mountain Summit to Simmons Gap

John Huennekien                      Tuscarora Trail ~ Rte. 55 to Gerhard Shelter

Keith Selbo                                Tuscarora Trail ~ Cedar Creek to Ridge Crest

Keith Selbo                                Tuscarora Trail ~ Ridge Crest to Fetzer Gap

Ephraim King                             Tuscarora Trail ~ Cedar Creek to Ridge Crest

Ephraim King                             Tuscarora Trail ~ Ridge Crest to Fetzer Gap

Paul Dickens                              Big Run Loop South ~ Rockytop Trail to AT

Rich “Gabriel” Garretson            Gap Run (lower)

David & Kevin Kogut                  Unfinished RR Loop

David & Kevin Kogut                  Sudley-Thornberry Connector

David & Kevin Kogut                  2nd Manassas [Deep Cut sec.]

Tracey Yost                                Sudley-Thornberry Loop Trail

Joshua Fuchs                             2nd Manassas [west sec.]


Hike Leaders
Trail Patrol offers a hike leader class for hikers who are learning new skills as well as formal hike leaders of outing groups who are updating their group leadership skills. The course provides essential skills for leading safe, environmentally responsible, and enjoyable hikes. We cover how to handle backcountry medical emergencies, leadership development, trip planning, standard procedures, emergency procedures, gear and clothing, map reading and navigation, and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. The training includes lectures with hands-on applications and trail-based scenarios. The course is open to all levels, from novice to experienced hikers.

Requirements:     Attend Hike Leadership class, fee may be required
To Volunteer:       Register for Hike Leadership at Our Calendar
                              or contact the Hike Leader Chair  

Trail Patrol
Trail Patrol volunteers hike in the Maryland, Virginia, southern Pennsylvania, eastern West Virginia, and D.C. region offering assistance and information to hikers and backpackers, helping  fellow hikers understand how to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and responsible manner.   Additionally, they report trail conditions to the volunteer Trail Crews who maintain the region’s trails.

Attend the Trail Patrol training class
Trail Patrol Web Site and Class Information:  Click Here
To Volunteer:     Send an email to the Trail Patrol training leader   

Cabin & Shelter Maintenance
The 80+ cabins & shelters which PATC maintains in the Mid-Atlantic area require regular maintenance & upkeep.   Each cabin or shelter has an Overseer who provides direct support, however for larger jobs, more hands are needed.   The Cabin and Shelter Crews work with the Overseer on larger projects including renovation and major rehabilitation.  

  No training required....just enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:   Cabins: Visit our Cabin Construction and Maintenance page or email the Cabin Coordinator. Shelters: email the Shelter Maintenance Coordinator to connect with volunteer projects in your area

Youth & Scout Experiences
There are always projects and/or activities underway involving youth or Scout experiences in nature.   

Requirements:  No training required....just enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:   Email the Youth/Scout Experience Chair
More Opportunities
They are many more opportunities to Volunteer .....some requiring experience with PATC like phone answering at PATC HQ office in Vienna, VA or publishing guidebooks, the newsletter or maps and many more.   Since this is a 100% volunteer organization, we also need & appreciate good volunteers.   See even more opportunities and contacts.