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PATC Cabins Book 2013

PATC Cabins for rent in the Mid-Atlantic region are detailed in this beautiful book loaded with color photos of the PATC cabins. There is a page for each of the 40 cabins with a cabin photo, location, cabin amenities, and includes a section about hikes and things to do in the immediate area. This book includes critical information about renting the cabins and rental rates. A color overview map shows where all of the PATC cabins are located for quick reference. This is a must – have book for planning your trip staying at a PATC cabin.









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.

2014 Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet
Registration is Now Open

 Members and guests are cordially invited to the 87th Annual Meeting of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club on Tuesday, November 18, 2014.
 Note that this is the third Tuesday of the month.
 Visit old friends and make new ones with people who enjoy the trails and cabins we maintain.
 We will also be holding our biennial election of Executive Committee members.

Click here to sign up now!  

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

In 2015, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club 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.

A video describing key points of this event has been prepared, and can be viewed online

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!

Circuit Hikes in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, 9th Edition, 2013

Includes 25 hikes plus some new variations in PATC's region. Among the changes for this edition:
A new circuit in West Virginia’s Sleepy Creek WMA
Another new circuit in Maryland’s Susquehanna State Park
 A third new circuit in the Trout Pond area along the Virginia/West Virginia border
 Recent conversion of bridle trails to hiking paths at Gettysburg National Military Park
 Longer circuits in the Massanuttens (Bird Knob and Duncan Knob areas) and in Manassas National Battlefield Park
Plus: Updated maps by Dave Pierce and many new photographs of trails in all seasons.

September Volunteer of the Month
Casey Bubholtz

Seven years ago, Casey Buboltz showed up at a North District Hoodlums work trip and the North District hasn’t been the same since. Nor has Casey.  .....