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Hikes in The Washington Region Part B

The 2015 Fifth Edition of offers a variety of hiking experiences in Northern Virginia; it describes more routes, with more options for longer and shorter variations than previous editions, and extends beyond the immediate Capital Beltway to the Shenandoah River and close to Harpers Ferry. GPS trailhead coordinates (NAD83) have also been added.



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.

PATC Member Survey

PATC is about to open a grand new chapter that will (re)define us as an organization and identify the long-range direction of the Club. PATC is embarking on an initiative whereby, over the next 8 months, we will develop an integrated, forward-thinking strategic plan that will set the direction for PATC to accomplish our mission and better serve its membership and the community.

In order to accomplish this, we need your assistance in answering a survey which will be used to validate the Club's mission, articulate its vision, and outline the strategic direction that matches our culture and defines us as an organization. It is vital that the leadership of PATC have a thorough understanding of what the members, like you, enjoy about the Club, what activities we can offer to attract not only new members but increase the participation of current members, and pinpoint areas the club may need to improve or increase resources. Your opinions are extremely important for us to be successful in this endeavor.

As the President of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, I urge you to participate in the on-line survey regarding our volunteer efforts engaged in advocacy, maintenance and protection of our trails by clicking here. Your responses will remain non-attributable and treated confidentially, so please be open and honest.

The survey will be open through April 10, 2015.

Thank you for your participation - DICK HOSTELLEY, President


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.

Click Here to read more  or Download an Information Packet 

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

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
Click Here to View YouTube Video

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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!

March Volunteer of the Month
George Ruben

This month’s Volunteer of the Month has been working with PATC for roughly 5 years. George said he would do anything (the kind of volunteer we love around PATC). When Thomas told George he wasn't sure what task he would be assigned, George said he'd just bring his contractor’s van with him so he would have tools and parts...


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Upcoming Events

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

Upcoming Event
Event DateCategoryEvent
Mar 28 2015 8:00AMClassATC Recert. Chain Saw Class Scott Farm, PA
Mar 28 2015 8:30AMClassWilderness First Aid
Mar 28 2015 9:00AMTrail WorkWork Trip, MD AT
Mar 28 2015 9:30AMTrail WorkCadillac Crew - Biennial Trail Preparation
Mar 29 2015 8:00AMClassATC Felling Chain Saw Class Michaux SF, PA
Mar 29 2015 8:00AMHikeWanderbirds: Leading Ridge and Meadow Springs to AT, SNP.
Mar 29 2015 10:30AMTrail WorkTrail Day Sugarloaf Mountain
Mar 29 2015 6:30PMSpecial EventWild & Wonderful Women Series
Mar 31 2015 8:00AMHikeVigorous Hikers--AT Roller Coaster
Mar 31 2015 7:00PMMeetingPATC Executive Committee
Apr 1 2015 10:15AMHikePATC Easy Hikers -- Little Bennett Regional Park, Clarksburg, MD
Apr 1 2015 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers—Meadowood Recreation Area, Lorton, VA