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 What We Do  
   

Core Functions

Trail Management and Support 

  • Trail Patrol
  • Trail Crews & Overseers
  • Cabin Crews
  • Shelter Crews

Community Engagement 

  • Hike Leadership
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Maps & Guidebooks
  • Fundraising & Public Relations
  • AT Communities

Education and Youth 

  • Classes & Workshops
  • Scout & Youth Experiences

Conservation

  • Land Stewardship
  • Corridor Monitors
  • Naturalist Monitors

WHAT WE DO 


We are the Trail Guardians for over 1000 miles of trails in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia & Virginia, including 240 miles of AT.  Our territory begins in Central Pennsylvania at Pine Grove Furnace, continues thru Maryland & West Virginia to Harpers Ferry and extends into the mid-point of Virginia, including the Shenandoah National Park.  . 

PATC leads hikes on these 1000+ miles of trails as well as has primary responsibility for maintaining the trails. Our work falls into 4 categories:  

  • Trail Management & Support
  •      Trail Patrol
  •      Trail Crews & Overseers
  •      Cabin Crews
  •      Shelter Crews
  • Community Engagement
  •      Hike Leadership
  •      Cabin Rentals
  •      Maps & Guidebooks
  •      Fundraising & Public Relations
  •      AT Communities
  • Education & Youth
  •      Classes & Workshops
  •      Scout & Youth Experiences
  • Conservation
  •      Land Stewardship
  •      Corridor Monitors
  •      Naturalist Monitors 

Due to the Trail’s historic legacy of volunteerism, our programs are focused on supporting and encouraging volunteers.  These volunteers help ensure you and future generations can enjoy the trails today, tomorrow and for centuries to come.   PATC members provide over 50,000 volunteer hours annually. 

Since 1927, we have existed through the generosity, talents, and support of our members, supporters, and our volunteers.….. the very soul of the Trail.    We hope you choose to Get Involved or Support Us.