Non Profit Partners

PATC works with numerous other, like-minded organizations.  Partners include organizations that operate on a national or global scale (such as the Nature Conservancy and American Hiking Society), civic organizations, local conservation organizations, and Scouting groups.  The club encourages active cooperation with all of its partners, and frequently works with Boy and Girl Scout leaders to plan projects for Scout advancement.
Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group
The Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group (SMRG) is a professional volunteer wilderness search and rescue organization established to provide assistance to those who become lost or injured in the outdoors. SMRG responds to emergencies anywhere in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to conduct searches for missing persons or aircraft, and to carry out rescue operations in wilderness areas that require specialized equipment and techniques.
They are a member of the Appalachian Search & Rescue Conference (ASRC), which was formed by members of PATC over 30 years ago to help provide search and rescue training as a direct result of two injured persons in wilderness areas in the PATC trails area. The ASRC now comprises 10 groups and provides operational coverage for missing or injured people in the wilderness over the mid-Atlantic region.
If you have a wilderness search and rescue emergency, do not contact SMRG directly. Dial 911 and report the incident to the local authorities or contact the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Emergency Operations Center at (804) 674-2400.
More Info:  Visit SMRG for more info & detail contact info.

Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association 

 ALDHA is an off-trail family of hikers, dreamers, and friends of the trail, working to preserve, protect, and promote the long-distance hiking community    

American Hiking Society's Alliance of Hiking Organizations

 American Hiking Society’s Alliance of Hiking Organizations is a network of trail groups, hiking clubs, land trusts and other organizations working to promote and protect hiking trails, trail lands, and the hiking experience. American Hiking Society and its Alliance are the primary force in pressing for increased funding for trails and protecting places special to hikers.

PATC is a Silver Level member.
 American Hiking Society

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy
PATC and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) enjoy a shared history.  Founded by the same group of early visionaries, the two organizations shared a headquarters building in the late 1920s.  The ATC and the PATC have a close relationship for over 75 years.  Early PATC newsletters and photographs document much of the early history of both organizations.
PATC works mainly in cooperation with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office of the ATC, which is located in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.  PATC members serve on the Mid-Atlantic Regional Partnership Committee (MARPC), a regional planning group, that meets twice annually.

The Great Eastern Trail Association
The Great Eastern Trail Association, working with American Hiking Society and local trail partners, are creating America's newest long distance hiking trail.
This path is 1800 miles long and crosses nine states. The Great Eastern Trail (GET) provides a premier hiking experience on a series of existing trails that are being linked to each other into a long-distance footpath in the Appalachian Mountains stretching from Alabama to the Finger Lakes Trail in New York. 
For information on hiking the section of the Great Eastern Trail in PATC's region, see our guide to the Great Eastern Trail.

Partnership for the National Trails System

What is it, and why should you care?  When the National Trails System Act was passed in 1968, two national scenic trails were created – the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.  That was not the end, just the beginning.  Since then 23 more national trails have been authorized by Congress, so now there are 25.  This is our nation’s long-distance trails system, a hiker’s equivalent to the interstate highway system.  In fact, the national trails system is now slightly longer than the interstate highway system.  It consists of 46,000 miles of trails through 47 states and the District of Columbia.  In 1978 Congress amended the 1968 act to create a new type of trail, the national historic trail.  Today seventeen of our 25 trails are historic trails – the Oregon Trail, California Trail, Mormon Trail, and so forth.
The national trails system needs a strong voice in Washington in order to get appropriations.  That’s where the Partnership for the National Trails System comes in.  Created in 1991, the Partnership advocates for funding for each of the national scenic and historic trails.  They come in force every spring, and they spent an entire week talking to congressmen, their staffs, and their Federal partners about the importance of trails and the need to fund the existing 25 trails (as well as create new trails).  They are volunteers, and they pay their own way.
How effective has it been?  In the past decade Congressional funding for national trails has quadrupled.  This has come about partly because of intense advocacy on the part of the Partnership  member organizations.  To learn more about the organization (and how you can get involved), go to