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Appalachian Trail Guide Set #7

Includes Guide Book #7 covering all the trails in Shenandoah National Park, and PATC's most recent Maps 9, 10, and 11, including the just-released 2014 edition of Map 11 (South District)



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.

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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
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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!

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.

October Volunteer of the Month
Mike Trettel

While many PATC members share a peculiar attraction to dirt, sweat, lugging tools on their hikes and day-after aches that trail maintenance offers.  .....