Blue Ridge Chapter
As PATC’s newest Chapter, formed in 2019, the Blue Ridge Chapter serves members in the northern Virginia and eastern West Virginia Panhandle geographical region.
The Chapter maximizes on opportunities to partner with the Designated AT Communities of Front Royal (VA), Berryville (VA), Bolivar/Harpers Ferry (WV), and newly-added Round Hill (VA) that fall in and around this region.
The Chapter hosts a variety of hikes in the region ranging from short, easy hikes to moderate and difficult hikes. One objective of the Chapter is to offer hikes that are family friendly as a form of outreach to the next generation of hiking and backpacking enthusiasts.
The Chapter is also working towards adopting sections of the Tuscarora Trail with the goal of training up and emboldening a new team of Trail Maintainers.
Events and workshops are announced on the Blue Ridge Chapter Facebook page, BRC Website, and on PATC's Meetup Page. If you have an interest in joining the Blue Ridge Chapter, reach out to the Chapter President Kristine Villatoro at email@example.com. Note that there are no additional Chapter membership dues required. If you are not already a PATC member, we can help get you all set up!
The North Chapter of PATC, founded in 1985 as the 1st regional PATC Chapter, is meant to serve those living in Maryland or Pennsylvania & is responsible for the northernmost portion of PATC territory…..the Appalachian Trail and side-trails from Harper’s Ferry thru Maryland to Pine Grove Furnace in Central Pennsylvania, as well as the Tuscarora Trail. Organized hikes are not currently scheduled in this chapter.
This Chapter maintains over 240 miles of trails & have 2 Trail Maintenance Crews:
Maryland: Trail worktrips are generally held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays & usually meet in Myersville, MD
Pennsylvania: Trail worktrips are generally held on the AT on the 1st Saturday and the Tuscarora on 3rd Saturday
More Info: Visit PATC North to join their newsletter & for more detailed info
MD Worktrips: contact Leonard Keifer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PA Worktrips: contact Pete Brown or Dewey Clark (email@example.com)
NOTE: The West Chapter will be shutting down effective July 1, 2020 after 15 years of existence. Trail work trips at Sugarloaf Mountain will continue once the closure of the mountain due to the coronavirus pandemic is lifted. The North Chapter will be available for Maryland residents and the Blue Ridge Chapter for residents of northern Virginia (west of Leesburg) and the eastern panhandle of West Virginia.
The West Chapter is meant to serve those residents who live in central and mid-western Maryland. The geographic coverage area ranges from Carroll County, western Howard, and western/northern Montgomery County west to Hancock, MD (Washington County).
The West Chapter’s yahoo group is open to anyone interested in West Chapter events regardless of where they reside. Those requesting to join the PATCWest yahoo group need to provide their full name, city & state of residence, PATC membership status, and whether they are a maintainer or club officer. PATCWest yahoo group members will receive reminders of upcoming West Chapter events. West Chapter events are also posted to the PATC online calendar. West Chapter trail work trips are posted to the PATC Volunteers Meetup group.
Trail work trips and hikes are scheduled from March through December. The West Chapter may hold other events such as canoe trips or cross-country ski trips, in season. The West Chapter maintains the blue-blazed Northern Peaks Trail at Sugarloaf Mountain (Dickerson, MD).
For further information regarding the West Chapter contact Chapter President Dave Jordahl (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Southern Shenandoah Valley Chapter
The Southern Shenandoah Valley Chapter is meant to serve those living in the Harrisonburg-Staunton-Waynesboro area of VIrginia and is responsible for the Appalachian Trail in the southern section of Shenandoah National Park as well as trails in the George Washington National Forest.
The group hosts regularly scheduled hikes and trail maintenance work crews. For descriptions of hikes and work trips, go to www.ssvc.org or www.patc.net. Contact the listed hike leader for information about a specific event, or contact Jean Stephens, email@example.com or 443-986-5649 or Pam Henrich, firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-290-5595.
More Info: Visit SSVC Chapter for more info on hikes and worktrip schedules
The Charlottesville Chapter of PATC, founded in 1986, is meant to serve those living in the Charlottesville area & is responsible for the southernmost portion of PATC territory…..the Appalachian Trail & side-trails from Rockfish Gap to McCormick Gap.
The group hosts hikes every Saturday; summer, winter and in between, usually in Shenandoah National Park, George Washington National Forest, along Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or in other regional areas. Hikes are usually 8 to 10 miles with some shorter hikes. Meetup is at 9 o'clock every Saturday morning in the parking lot in front of Albemarle High School, 2775 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville, Virginia. Bring food & water for the day. Monthly trail maintenance hikes are usually the last Saturday & are dedicated to maintaining the trail.
More Info: Visit PATC Charlottesville for a Hike Schedule & detail contact info.