PATC Cabin Rental FAQs

Reservation Questions: with COVID-19 updates

What has changed, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Please review our updated cabin rental policies here, and contact the Cabin Coordinator with questions. Before renting a cabin, please note the additions to our terms of service, with special attention to the COVID-19 Addendum

When are weekday rates in effect? Weekend rates?

Friday, and Saturday nights are considered weekend days. PATC will now consider Thursday and Sunday nights to be weekdays.
New reservations must include Friday and Saturday nights. Thursday and/or Sunday night(s) can be added to an existing reservation, by request.
Reservations for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights will not be accepted, at this time.

What do I do if I (or someone in my household) gets sick, after I reserve?
If you or a member or your household knowingly becomes infected or begins to display symptoms of COVID-19 within two weeks of the reservation, contact the Cabin Coordinator as soon as possible, to submit a special cancellation request.

When can I rent for a single night?

Single night reservations will not be accepted at this time.

How can I rent a cabin within seven days?

The Cabin Coordinator will be accepting calls for last-minute reservations on Wednesdays between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at (703) 242-0315, ext. 108. Calls made prior to this time will not be given priority. BEFORE you call, please take a moment to review and accept our cabin rental terms of service using THIS FORM. You must submit the form, in order to place a reservation. Be prepared to pick-up the cabin key, or pay for priority shipping.

What is an advanced reservation?

An advanced reservation describes a rental booked more than 60 days, but fewer than 365 days, in advance of the date of arrival. These reservations are subject to: (1) a three-night minimum; (2) an increased rental rate (double the standard rate) and; (3) a more severe cancellation penalty. Like standard reservations, advanced reservations may not include Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday nights, in order to maintain a three-day safety buffer between guests. To book an advanced reservation, call the Cabin Coordinator at (703) 242-0315, ext. 108 on Wednesdays between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Before you call, please take a moment to review and accept our cabin rental terms of service using THIS FORM. You must submit the form, in order to place a reservation.


I’ve chosen to cancel my reservation. Can I request a refund?

Click here for information on PATC cancellation and refund policies.


When should I worry if I haven’t received the Cabin Key Packet? What are my Cabin Key Packet mailing options? 

Depending on the location of your residence, relative to our office in Vienna, VA, you should consider contacting us abut five days prior to your reservation if you have not yet received your Cabin Key Packet. At that point, we will offer you one or more of the following options:

1. Pick up a new Cabin Key Packet from the 24-hour drop-box at PATC headquarters at 118 Park St SE, Vienna, VA 22180.

2. Accept an extra $7.75 charge for USPS Priority Shipping.

3. Accept an extra $26.35 charge for USPS Priority Express Shipping.

Please make sure to confirm that the original Cabin Key Packet was mailed to the correct address, and consider checking with your local post office.


Why do I need a membership to rent some cabins? Does a membership get me discounts on cabin rentals?

Most public cabins are located on government property, such as Shenandoah National Park, and are operated and maintained by the PATC through agreements with the responsible government agency. Most of the public cabins are primitive. Members-only cabins, located on PATC-owned land, are reserved as a perk for the exclusive use of the club membership. A membership does not afford discounted cabin rates, however. 

For other membership perks or to purchase a membership, 
click here.

Click here to find out which cabins are public and which require a membership. 


What cabin rental perks are available to PATC volunteers? 

On a yearly basis, PATC member volunteers are allowed to rent a cabin at standard rates within 67 days of the arrival date. In order to use this privilege, volunteers should call the Cabin Coordinator at 703-242-0315 X 108 and provide verification/evidence of their service by email. 

Cabin Questions  

What should I expect at a primitive cabin versus a semi-primitive or modern cabin?
Primitive cabins are rustic and backcountry. While they do not offer running water and no electricity, each affords an outhouse, a woodstove and/or fireplace, and an outdoor grill. Water should be collected from the nearby spring and purified. Semi-primitive cabins are also rustic and backcountry, but these cabins vary in their amenities. In most cases, semi-primitive cabins offer electricity with lights and possibly an electric burner and/or microwave for cooking, and refrigerator. Some may have running water for kitchen use, but do not include a shower or indoor bathroom and require the use of an outhouse. Wood stove provide the means for cooking and heating semi-primitive cabins. Most modern "cabins" are houses located either in the woods or near towns. Modern cabins have indoor plumbing, electricity, heating, and occasionally air conditioning.

How should I prepare for my cabin stay?

Each cabin is equipped with different amenities that will affect how you should pack for your trip. About a week prior to the reservation, you will receive a Cabin Key Packet with recommendations particular to that cabin. Expect each cabin to have basic cookware, flatware, and other utensils appropriate for the cabin’s stated capacity. All primitive cabins have a wood stove, and every cabin will have mattresses—though the size will vary.

In general, we recommend packing: cleaning supplies and any preferred personal protective equipment, matches, battery-powered flashlights or headlamps, toilet paper, toiletries, and towels, dish washing liquid, sponges, dish towels, trash bags, sleeping bags, pillows, sheets and/or blankets, as well as a water purifier and camping stove (for primitive and semi-primitive cabins).  

Who can I contact about a cabin emergency?

If there is an emergency relating to the cabin, please contact the volunteer maintainer and the Cabin Coordinator as soon as possible. Contact information for the maintainer will be included at the bottom of the cabin direction sheet, with information on access to emergency services in the immediate area of the cabin.

How do I report a lost or found item at a cabin?

If you believe you or a member of your party forgot a personal item at a PATC cabin, please contact the Cabin Coordinator immediately. The longer you wait to report, the less likely it is that your item will be returned. Please allow time for the return of the item, as travel and shipping from the maintainer to PATC headquarters can be a lengthy process. Do not expect the return of belongings not of a personal nature, like lamps, flashlights, or the like.


If you find an item at a PATC cabin that appears to be of a personal nature (i.e. keys, wallet, jewelry), you should report it to the Cabin Coordinator upon your departure. If you find PATC Cabin Keys at the cabin, please return them with your Cabin Key and Condition Report.   


How can I purchase a Cabins Book?

The 2018 Cabins Book is out of stock, but a new edition is currently undergoing edits. Contact to purchase the 2016 Cabins Book at a discounted rate.


How can I check the status of Skyline Drive? NOTE: Shenandoah National Park is currently under a phased reopening plan, due to the pandemic.
What can I do if Skyline Drive is closed and I’ve rented Argow, Corbin, Doyle’s River, Pocosin, Range View, Rock Spring, or Schairer Trail Center?

To check the status of Skyline Drive, call 540-999-3500 and select option 1, twice. 
If Skyline Drive is closed, experienced hikers may choose to follow the alternate hike-in directions. Click here if you choose not use the reservation during a closure. 


Can I bring my dog on my cabin visit?

Pets are prohibited at Blackburn Trail Center, Catoctin Hollow Lodge, Dunlodge, Highacre, Horwitz, Huntley, Old Rag, and Olive Green. Beginning December 2020, pets will also be prohibited at Rosser Lamb and Glass House. Violators will be penalized.

If you choose to bring your dog to a pet-friendly cabin, plan to provide bedding for your companion. Be considerate of your pet in the weather and on the hike-in, and do not leave any animal in the cabin for extended periods. Venomous snakes may occupy areas around the cabins, so please use caution.  

Accessing Cabins - Cautions and Hazards

Renters assume the risk of traveling to and from our cabins, including hazardous driving and hiking conditions. The roads to our rural cabins are often not paved, may be rutted and can be unpredictable, especially during inclement weather. Renters should use care driving. Many situations may require a vehicle with high clearance and/or four-wheel/all-wheel drive. Occasionally, access may be blocked by fallen trees, high running water, or deep snow. In such a case, parking at an alternate location and hiking in over a longer distance may be required, should you decide to continue to the cabin rather than turning back.

If you are at a rural cabin and weather conditions are deteriorating, consider leaving the cabin if you do not have sufficient supplies or are concerned about your ability to leave the cabin once conditions have deteriorated. Refunds will not be provided for early departure, but you should always consider your safety first. If you decide to stay, you are assuming the risks associated with that decision. You should not expect the PATC or any other organization to rescue you, should you become stranded.
There are seven PATC Cabins normally accessed by Skyline Drive: Argow, Corbin, Doyles River, Pocosin, Range View, Rock Springs and Schairer Trail Center. The following rules apply to these seven cabins:

1. Be prepared to pay the entrance fee to Shenandoah National Park (SNP).

2. Skyline Drive Entrance Gate Closures: Call SNP at 540/999-3500, option 1, option 1 for information before heading to the cabin.

3. SNP may close Skyline Drive, or parts of it, due to hazardous conditions or inclement weather. If you cannot drive to the normal cabin trailhead because all or part of Skyline Drive is closed as of noon on the day of your rental, and you do not go to the cabin, you are eligible for a refund, less the $10.00 processing fee. You must submit a request for a refund to the Cabin Coordinator within 48 hours of the start of your reservation in order to remain eligible for a refund by emailing or calling (703) 242-0315, extension 108. This is the only exception to the general rule that there are no refunds within seven days of the arrival date for cancellations for any reason, including hazardous road conditions or inclement weather. 

4. If you have difficulty leaving SNP, contact SNP's emergency number: (800) 732-0911 or (540) 999-2227.