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Volunteer Opportunities

 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 and weekend crew members needed to build the NEW Whiskey Hollow Shelter. Call or email for details. No experience necessary.

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 September 

Sean Smyth                                               Buzzard Rocks
Dennis Helfrick                                          Ashby Gap North  

Gary Bruner ~ co-overseer                        AT ~ Pine Grove Furnace State Park to Woodrow Road
Tenny Webster                                          AT ~ Loudoun Heights Trail to Powerline
Mike Bazis                                                 AT ~ Big Meadows Amphitheater to Tanners Ridge Rd
Matt Murray                                               AT ~ Pocosin Fire Road to Dean Mt. Road
Geoffrey Chase                                         Thornton River Trail ~ Skyline Drive to1st Stream Crossing
Dave & Amy Dickerson                             Nicholson Hollow Trail (upper)
Jim Tomlin                                                 Tuscarora Trail ~ PA 233 to Bill Miller Trail
Elyse Goldberg                                          Tuscarora Trail ~ US 50 [Back Creek] to Hunters Cabin                                                     
Elyse Goldberg                                          Tuscarora Trail ~ Hunters Cabin to Northern Rock field
Byron Hukee                                              North Mountain Trail ~ Stack Rock to VA 720
Kathy Fairfield & Merian Schroeder           Lock 16 Spur
Rick Werner                                               Gold Mine Spur, Falls Road Spur, Rockwood Spur
Brian Opdycke ~ co-overseer                    Glover Archbold Trail
Madeleine Levin                                         Valley Trail ~ Boundary Bridge to Military Road

Volunteers Appointed in August

Jeff Paccione                                              David Lesser Shelter


Matt Murray                                                 AT ~ Pocosin Fire Road to Dean Mt. Road
Geoffrey Chase                                           Thornton River Trail ~ Skyline Drive to1st Stream Crossing
Dave & Amy Dickerson                               Nicholson Hollow Trail (upper)
Kathy Fairfield & Merian Schroeder            Lock 16 Spur
Rick Werner                                                Gold Mine Spur, Falls Road Spur, Rockwood Spur
Brian Opdycke ~ co-overseer                     Glover Archbold Trail

Next Generation of Trail Overseer