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Just in time for warm weather hiking, PATC is offering two sizes of BPA-free water bottles in bright green with the PATC logo in white. The 28oz bottle has an easy-to-open snap top, and the 36oz bottle has a classic screw-on top.


PATC volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service every year. Volunteers maintain trails, cabins, and shelters, teach Leave No Trace principles to hikers and backpackers, publish maps and guidebooks, and help manage a busy headquarters operation. In addition to volunteer opportunities, the club offers a busy calendar of recreational events, including hikes, excursions, cross-country ski weekends, and mountaineering trips. The club is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers.

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club...

is a volunteer-based organization headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. The PATC was founded in 1927 by the visionaries who planned and built the Appalachian Trail. The club now manages more than 1,050 miles of hiking trails in the Mid-Atlantic region, along with cabins, shelters, and hundreds of acres of conserved land.

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Our Volunteer Partners such as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Corporate Partners such as REI provide invaluable cooperation and support for our mission.

2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial
Registration is now open!  Visit

On July 17-24, 2015, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Mountain Club of Maryland will host the next Biennial Conference of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, to be held at the campus of Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., adjacent to Interstate 81. Our steering committee is headed by Lee Sheaffer and Rush Williamson and our planning is well underway.

Click here to view the Biennial Program and Registration Packet

A video describing key points of this event has been prepared, and can be viewed online
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We are seeking volunteers to help with the conference planning, to lead hikes and excursions, to help with registration, and many other needs. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and return this form.

Would you like to participate in the 2015 ATC Biennial Conference as a Sponsor, Vendor or Exhibitor?

 If so, click here for information on the benefits of being a part of this amazing event and details on the various sponsor and vendor categories available. Exhibit hall spaces are going fast, so don’t wait. Send in your application TODAY!

May Volunteers of the Month
Clyde and Gerry Hicks

Clyde Hicks and his wife, Gerry, have been trail overseers for a section of the Catoctin Blue Trail since the late 1980s....


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Upcoming Events

For more details on these and other events, see our online calendar.

Upcoming Event
Event DateCategoryEvent
May 30 2015 9:00AMTrail WorkWork Trip, MD AT
May 31 2015 8:00AMHikeWanderbirds: Doyles River and Jones Run Loops, SNP, VA.
Jun 2 2015 8:45AMHikeVigorous Hikers - Austin Mountain - Blackrock Loop
Jun 2 2015 7:30PMTrail PatrolTrail Patrol meeting
Jun 3 2015 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers—Bull Run-Occoquan Trail, Fairfax Station, VA
Jun 3 2015 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers, Goldmine Trail, Potomac, MD
Jun 4 2015 7:00PMSpecial EventBest "Splashdown" Trails