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Volunteer Opportunities

PATC Volunteers complete the Devils Nose Bridge Access Ramp Volunteers are the backbone, heart, soul, mind, and muscle of PATC. With volunteer effort, PATC maintains over 1,000 miles of trails, manages 1,000 acres of land and oversees 60 cabins and shelters. Please volunteer some of your spare time...we need you!
PATC has numerous volunteer opportunities available. There is something available for just about everybody, from maintaining a section of the AT to taking cabins reservations; from helping to organize the club's archives to leading nature hikes. Some volunteer activities will allow you to enjoy solitude on your own section of trail; other activities will allow you to meet and spend time with lots of other like-minded people.
Use the menu links (left) to learn more about the variety of PATC volunteer opportunities.

Shelter Construction Crew ~ Henry Horn ~ 301/498-8254,
Weekday crew members needed to rebuild Dicks Dome Shelter. Call or email for details. 

Trail District Managers Needed
SNP Central Blue blazed [south end] ~ Map 10
Contact ~ Heidi Forrest ~ 703-242-0315 x 107, or

Reporting Your Volunteer Hours

Accurate and timely work reporting is essential to our efforts to manage our trail system, as well as our huts, cabins, publications, and headquarters operations. Work reports allow us to determine the amount of labor required by specific tasks, and predict the need for additional volunteers. Our various partners (the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Shenandoah National Park, GW National Forest, and others) use our cumulative work reports to procure funding for their conservation efforts.


The PATC provides an on-line set of work reporting forms that make the process simple and convenient (mailed forms are also welcome). The on-line forms can be accessed via the "Volunteer Menu".  You will need to Log On to use the Trail Work Reporting form.  

New Boots

The PATC thanks the following new volunteers and current overseers taking on additional tasks:

Volunteers Appointed in August

Joe Kilcoyne                                      Turners Gap
William Robert Lamar                      Sawmill Spring
Gus Wohler                                      Sand Spring

William Robert Lamar                      Sam Moore Shelter 

Dennis Helfrick                                AT ~ Rte. 55 to Rte. 638
Mike Landis                                     AT ~ Jenkins Gap to Hogwallow Gap
Patrick Bishop                                 AT ~ Simmons Gap to Pinefield Gap
Christian Harvey                             Lewis Peak & Lewis Peak Summit Trail 
Christian Harvey                             Rockytop Trail (lower) 
Lynn Olson                                     Valley Trail ~ Gold Mine Loop to Anglers Spur
Don & Linda Gurtler                       Conley-Morris Trail and Orion Trail

Volunteers Appointed in July


Mark Saari                                       Appalachian Trail ~ Loudoun Heights Trail to Powerline
Bernie Olmsted                               Tuscarora Trail ~ Pinnacle Power line to Larrick Overlook
Paul Hession                                   River Trail ~ Towpath (N of Observation deck to Towpath (N of Mile 15 marker)
Lynn Olson                                      Anglers Spur Trail ~ Goldmine Loop to Berma Road (N of Anglers)