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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,
Work will start up May 20th and 21st weather permitting  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 June 

Bob Lukens                                                     AT ~ Big Meadows to Fisher's Gap
Eric Geilker                                                     AT ~ Jarman Gap to Summit of Calf Mountain (1.6mi)
Tim Moore                                                       Tuscarora ~ Doll Ridge to Rock Marker
Tim Alley                     Co~overseer               Onemile Run [lower]
Brenda Beard              Co~overseer               Snavely Ford Trail
Brenda Beard              Co~overseer               Snavely/Final Attack Connector Trail
Todd & Doina Heinz                                        Quantico Cascades Trail
Anstr Daidson                                                 PHT ~ Gulf Branch to Pimmit Run
David Abdallah & Jodi Frederiksen                 Matties Run Loop

Volunteers Appointed in May

Shelter Overseer
John Spies                              Spruce Pine Shelter

Dewey & Mary Clark               AT ~ PA 16 to Buena Vista Road
Dewey & Mary Clark               AT ~ Buena Vista Road to Pen Mar
Paul Cantrell                           AT ~ Sawmill Run Overlook to Jarman Gap
Dave Coover                           PA Tuscarora [J] ~ Bill Miller Trail to Cowpens Road
John Spies                              Tuscarora [L] ~ Larrick Overlook to Lucas Woods Trail
John Spies                              Tuscarora [L] ~ Lucas Woods Trail to Powerline
John Spies                              Tuscarora [L] ~ Powerline to Dry Gap
Sue Olmsted                           Fry Path & Laurel Run Trail
Ralph Kerr                               Birch Bluff Trail
Linda Del Bene                       Piedmont Forest Trail

Next Generation of Trail Overseer