Event DateCategoryEvent
Sep 18 2019 10:15AMHikeEasy Hifkers--Bull Run/Occoquan Trail, Clifton VA
Sep 19 2019 6:00PMMeetingFall Trails Manager Meeting
Sep 21 2019 8:00AMTrail WorkND Trails Maintenance Workshop
Sep 21 2019 9:00AMTrainingPATC Hike Leader Class - 2-day course
Sep 21 2019 9:00AMTrainingHike Leader Training course
Sep 22 2019 8:00AMHikeWanderbirds: Veach Gap to Elizabeth Furnace
Sep 22 2019 8:30AMTrainingTrail Maintenance Workshop
Sep 22 2019 9:00AMTrainingHike Leader Training
Sep 24 2019 8:45AMHikeVigorous Hikers: Little Schloss and Big Schloss Loop
Sep 24 2019 12:00PMMiscellaneousAT Barn Renovation
Sep 24 2019 7:00PMMeetingPATC Executive Committee Meeting
Sep 24 2019 7:00PMClassBest Trails for Mushrooms and How to Find Them
Sep 25 2019 10:15AMHikeEasy Hikers--Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington VA
What's Going on Here? We are going to try to put timely news on the PATC website. If you have an item for this page, please send it to communications@patc.net.  Also, any comments are welcome.

PATC Is Honored: 
The club received the Forest Service's Enduring Service award in recognition of 90 years of volunteer work in the National Forest.  Read more about it

Stone Workers Needed:
The Deans Gap shelter, built by Earl Shaffer in the 1950s, will be rebuilt at the AT Museum in Pennsylvania. See how you can help reconstruct this historic part of AT lore.   More information

Report an Incident on the AT:
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has developed a page to explain whom to contact if there is a problem or emergency on the AT.  While this information is specific to the AT, its advice should be helpful in other situations: ATC Incident Reporting

Celebrate National Trails Day! National Trails Day is June 1, and the PATC is celebrating.  The Trail Patrol, in conjunction with Shenandoah National Park is having an event at the Byrd Visitors Center in Big Meadows.  Also, several trail crews are having work parties that you can join on that day.

Shelter Maintenance Help Needed: There are several shelters in need of repair. It's a big job, but you can help. More information

Big Meadows Wayside May Open Late: The popular trail stop for food and supplies is undergoing renovations that are behind schedule. The wayside is located at milepost 51 of Skyline Drive and about a mile east of the  AT. If this wayside  is in your plans, check with the concessionaire that runs it for the latest information.

Tucarora Trail SignJoin the Team that is Making the Tuscarora Trail Better!  Help install new trail signs.  More information

AT - Temporary Relocation:  The Appalachian Trail will be relocated until about May 2019 near the Calf Mountain shelter in the south district of the Shenandoah National Park.  For information and a map, go to the SNP website.

Photo of Fred and Ruth BlackburnThe Club's  Earliest History: The Blackburn family makes another contribution to the PATC by sending the club's first account book.  Read the story by Archivist  Tom Johnson

PATC Cabin Profile: 
Author Wendy Mitman Clarke recounted her recent experience at the Robert Humphrey cabin in an excellent article in the Bay Journal, a publication that focuses on the Chesapeake Bay.  Clarke gives an excellent description of a PATC cabin visit. Read the article

Robert HumphreyRobert Humphrey - RIP: Long time PATC member and the founder of many club cabins, Robert Humphrey died in November 2018. Read remembrances from a few of his many friends.

Shutterbugs wanted!  We need your help in telling PATC’s story. Send us your photos! Learn more.

PATC 2018:  The club’s annual fundraising drive, PATC 2018, is particularly important this year in light of the expenses we face to repair the damages caused by extraordinary weather.  More information and to make your contribution

Annual Dinner -- Award and Election Results:  The club's annual membership dinner was held on November 28. Volunteers were recognized with awards and new officers were elected.  Read all the results

Tuscarora Trail Relocation in the Shenandoah Valley: Soon, there will be an improvement in way across the Tuscarora Trail's path across the Shenandoah Valley. Read about the change and the work that brought it about.. More information

Whiteoak Canyon Parking Problems: The Shenandoah National Park is warning people that the parking at the bottom of Whiteoak Canyon is significantly limited because storms have washed out a bridge.  If you will be hiking in that area of the park, be sure to consult the SNP's statement.

Bob Proudman: Bob, the former director of Conservation Operations for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, died in October.  Robert Proudman obituary

Election Committee -- Candidate Statements Now Available:  Statements by the candidates and absentee ballot information  | Nomination Process Background

Combined Federal Campaign:  If you use CFC for your charitable giving, you can include the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Our CFC number is 91413.

Jones Mt CabinJones Mt Cabin Renovations Lead to Trail Closures (Updated 10/24): The National Park Service is renovating the Jones Mountain Cabin. During the renovation, the cabin and trails around it will be closed. If you intend to hike in the eastern portion of the Park's central section or if you are interested in renting this historic cabin, be sure to read the closure information.

PATC Council Reform:  The Council decided at its August meeting to clarify its membership. Who is on Council?  That question can now be answered!  For more information, read the explanation of the reform. Council members are here.

AT Maryland Trailhead Parking Issues: If you are hiking on the AT in Maryland this summer, review the important information about trailhead parking on Route 40.

Being on Hold not that Bad! If you have recently called into PATC headquarters and were put on hold waiting to be connected to a staff member or volunteer, you have no doubt noticed the new and soothing music that made your time more enjoyable. This music was provided by PATC’s Supervisor of Outreach, Randy Motz, from his Native American flute CDs, “Canyon Whispers” and “Hozho – Walking in Beauty.”

AT Community Front Royal Celebrates the Trail: Read about the “Hike A Mile Share A Smile!” campaign.

AT Maryland Trailhead Parking Issues: If you are hiking on the AT in Maryland this summer, review the important information about trailhead parking on Route 40.

PATC in the News:
  WHSV-TV3 in Harrisonburg, Virginia recently ran a story about PATC trail maintenance on Great North Mountain, highlighting Pete Taylor and other members of the Stonewall Brigade. This shows that if you go to a work trip, you can get on television! Watch the story

Raven Rocks Trailhead pakringImproved Parking at Raven Rocks Trailhead: The PATC has worked with Clarke County, Virginia to improve the trailhead parking on the Appalachian Trail near Raven Rocks.  More information

Charlottesville Chapter Potluck June 10: Join the Charlottesville Chapter for its annual open house at Dunlodge.  More information

The CCC Improves Trail Building: In another article prompted by old photos recently received by the club, Tom Johnson discusses the impact of the Civilian Conservation Corps on early efforts to build the Appalachian Trail.  Tom's article

NPS Fee Increase: The Park Services listens! Fees go up $5.  More information

Walt Smith Walt Smith: We are saddened to learn that former president, honorary life member, and great person Walt Smith has died. Memorial service arrangements are now available. More information and remembrance

Land and Water Conservation Fund:
This important source of funding for trails and other recreational resources needs to be renewed.  See what you can do to help.

Photos from the Past:
We recently received several albums of photos of PATC activities from the '30s and '40s. Tom Johnson gives us a taste of the history that these photos record. Read  Tom's article.

Anniversary of the AT Bill: March 21, 2018, was the 40th anniversary of the signing of the "Appalachian Trail Bill." Read more about it on the ATC site.

Youth Conservation Corps: Young people 15 to 18 years old should check out a summer work experience at a nearby park or forest. More information

PATC Volunteers Demolish Boxwood:  An eyesore at the Vining Tract is removed.  Read about it

PATC Discusses Hiker Food:
  What do you want to eat at the end of a long hike? Find out at the library.

New PATC President: 
Joe Lombardo was selected as the new PATC president on January 2.Read more about Joe

Headquarters Building Overseer Needed: A great opportunity to fill an important role at club headquarters in Vienna.  More information

Hike Leaders Needed: Lee Sheaffer, the new chair of the Hikes Committee, is looking for hike leaders. More info 

Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet:
The club's annual meeting celebrated its first 90 years on November 29 at Meadowlark Gardens.  President Jim Tomlin pointed out that Myron Avery wanted to create a "permanent" club. He succeeded! Read about the event, Jim's remarks, and the list of award winners at the  90th Dinner Report.

Leave No Trace Classes Announced:
  Classes for those wishing to become Leave No Trace (LNT) trainers will again be presented by the PATC Trail Patrol in 2018. Schedule of classes and registration information  Classes fill early, so don't delay in registering.

Remember the PATC in the Giving Season:
“Giving Tuesday” was the start of a season of charity. Your gift to the PATC will help ensure our ability to maintain trails and promote outdoor opportunities in our region going forward – just as we have been doing since 1927.  Give now

Sign at SNP EntrancePATC Comments on Proposed SNP Entry Fee Increase: The PATC filed a comment with the National Park Service on its proposal to raise the entry fee for 17 parks, including Shenandoah, to $70.  PATC Comment [pdf] | More Information

PATC President Jim Tomlin was quoted in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on this issue. Members of the public may comment until December 22.  Information on how to comment is here.

PATC's 90th Anniversary: The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club has served the outdoor community for almost a century. We are celebrating in many ways—our 90th anniversary logo designed by Alan Kahan, a celebration hosted by the Charlottesville chapter at Dunlodge, and the members' dinner on November 29.
Lambert Cabin
Lambert Cabin
Cabin Overseer Positions:  A cabin overseer requires maintenance skills and does a great deal of work, but has a very rewarding job--the pride of caring for one of the club's great resources. If you are interested in such a position, consult the cabin maintenance page, download the application form, and send it to Cabins Operations Chair Mel Merritt at mailmerritt@gmail.com.

Potomac Heritage Trail Work Day:
A volunteer employee group, a PATC overseer, and a park ranger demonstrated the value of cooperation at a successful work day on the Potomac Heritage Trail. More Info

Along Jeremys Run by Garnet JexPATC Receives a Painting and Some History: The club has received a painting by Garnet W. Jex, Along Jeremys Run, from the estate of Nancy Louise Perry. Read more about the history of this painting.

Long time Volunteers Pass On:
The PATC community was saddened by the recent deaths of Jeanne Henkel, Dennis Staiger, and Charles Erik ‘Rik’ Miller. Read more about these outstanding people and the contributions they made to our club and the community. .
Wolf Trap camp out:
Wolf Trap has started planning for the seventh camp out for 5th & 6th graders 8-9 October.  This program, which is supported by the PATC, has been named Volunteer Fairfax Volunteer program for 2017 and has been listed in the Congressional Record.

A Little Fun: A time-lapse camera trap video from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences shows that you are not alone out there!  More about the project

Charlie Irvin
Photo: Robert Wise
Charlie Irvin - RIP: Long time stalwart of the PATC's North Chapter died in July. Read Kathy Seiler's rememberance.

Letter from a Hiker: We received a letter from a section hiker who enjoyed the PATC's section of the AT.  Read about the impact of our trail work.

PATC Trail Overseer Honored as "Unsung Virginian" Dorse Counts was honored as the Unsung Virginian of the year by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Cooperatives in March.  Dorse is the overseer for the Federal Line trail in the Spotsylvania National Military Park and leads a crew that works throughout the park. See: article in Cooperative Living magazine [pdf]

90th Anniversary Hikes: Larry Broadwell and William Needham have produced a series hikes that celebrate the history of the PATC.  Brian Goudreau assisted with the maps.  The hikes have been published in the Potomac Appalachian and are on this site.

New PATC Book: These Hills Were Home: A Walking History Guide to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Greene and Western Madison County, Virginia is now available.

 Registration is Now Open for the 2018 Annual Meeting (8/14/2018) 
 Skyline Drive Status (3/28/2018) 
 Pass Mountain Hut Has Repoened (12/14/2017) 
 Bear Problems at Pinefield Hut (9/19/2017) 
 October 18 Biodiversity Event (9/19/2017) 
 ATC To Hold Annual Holiday Celebration December 2 (9/14/2017) 
 Closures at Corbin Cabin Due to Helicopter activity (8/4/2017) 
 New Staff (7/21/2017) 
 Dark Hollow Falls Temporary Trail Closure (7/5/2017) 
 Current Staff and Volunteer Openings (6/25/2017) 
 Meet PATC's New President Jim Tomlin (6/19/2017) 
 Registration is Now Open for the 2017 Annual Meeting (6/5/2017) 
 Celebrate National Trails Day with Shenandoah National Park June 3 (5/23/2017) 
 SNP Celebrates Kids to Parks Day May 20 (5/15/2017) 
 Shenandoah National Park Invites Volunteers to Join in the Fight Against Invasive Plants (5/5/2017) 
 New Patch - Tuscarora Trail Hikers (5/1/2017) 
 Shenandoah National Park Hosts Wildflower Weekend May 6-7 (4/25/2017) 
 New Cabin Rates Effective July 1 (4/19/2017) 
 Flip Flop Festival at Harpers Ferry April 22-23 (4/10/2017) 
 SNP to Celebrate National Park Week with Special Events April 15-23 (4/9/2017) 
 Shenandoah National Park Plans Prescribed Burn (4/1/2017) 
 Shenandoah National Park Announces Spring 2017 Opening Dates (3/10/2017) 
 Shenandoah National Park Announces “Ride the Drive” Car-Free Day in North District of Park (3/1/2017) 
 Jennifer Flynn Named Superintendent of Shenandoah National Park (1/26/2017) 
 Elections Committee Announces the Newly-Elected Executive Committee (12/1/2016) 
 PATC Archives is looking for volunteers (12/1/2016) 
 Shenandoah National Park Extends Fire Restrictions to Entire Park (11/21/2016) 
 Shenandoah National Park Announces Second Phase of Entrance Fee Increase (11/17/2016) 
 Shenandoah National Park to Implement Fire Restrictions in South District (11/16/2016) 
 Fire Ban Issued for George Washington and Jefferson National Forests (11/15/2016)