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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.

Make Your Contribution Count!

PATC is participating again this year in the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area.
Our agency number is 91413.
Please consider a donation to PATC. The Fund will be active through December. Thank you for your support, and thanks to the members who contributed through the CFC last year.

It's For a Good Cause!

The 2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial has ended.

We Hope you were able to join us for this amazing event. Planning is already well underway for the 2017 Biennial, to be hosted by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and the Maine Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

PATC produced to new hiker's guides in association with the 2015 biennial, available for purchase at our Vienna Headquarters or our online store.

The Hiker's Guide to Civil War Trails in the Mid-Atlantic Region covers many of the best war-related sites in the our region. It includes 27 day hikes and includes topographic maps for each route, travel directions, turn-by-turn trail directions, and information about historical events and how they fit into the broader context of the time.

The Guidebook of 70 Unique Hikes is our complete guide to every hike offered at the 2015 biennial. Printed on waterproof paper and sold in a 3-ring binder so individual hikes can be removed for a day of hiking. Each hike features a map, elevation profile, GPS coordinates, turn-by-turn directions, photographs and a bit of history.

November 2015 Volunteer of the Month
Bob McCullough


On leaving Germany and the Army in 1971, this month’s Volunteer of the Month Bob “Dieselbob” McCullough settled in Virginia Beach and went to work for United Parcel Service. Over the years he frequently assisted ....

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Upcoming Events

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

Event DateCategoryEvent
Nov 29 2015 8:00AMHikeWanderbirds: Dickey Ridge and AT to Compton Peak, SNP, VA
Dec 1 2015 8:30AMHikeVigorous Hikers - Around Neighbor Mtn. & Thornton Hollow
Dec 1 2015 7:00PMClassThe Pacific Crest Trail: From Mexico to Canada
Dec 1 2015 7:30PMTrail PatrolTrail Patrol meeting
Dec 2 2015 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers--National Mall VA/DC
Dec 5 2015 9:00AMCabin WorkLincoln Loggers - Old Rag Cabin Construction
Dec 6 2015 8:00AMHikeWanderbirds: Elkwallow Circuit via Piney Branch and Piney Ridge, SNP, VA.
Dec 6 2015 9:00AMTrail WorkWork Trip, MD AT
Dec 6 2015 9:30AMHikeCivil War Hike - Capital Defense Works