VOLUNTEER: How ??
We depend on Volunteers to support everything we do ... 1000+ miles of trails we maintain, 80+ cabins & shelters, maps & guidebooks, training classes, and the hiking experiences we lead. All volunteers are welcome of any age or backgrounds. No previous experience is necessary - just a desire to work hard & have a great time giving back to preserve our footpaths. Enthusiasm, good health, physical vigor, and adaptability are vital. Willingness to follow instructions and safety rules and to share equally in tasks are essential. No matter your age or skill, your help is needed.
If you hike the trails, we welcome you to join our volunteers in maintaining those trails. PATC is the Trail Guardian for over 1000 miles of trails in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia & Virginia, including 240 miles of the AT. Our territory begins in Central Pennsylvania at Pine Grove Furnace, continues thru Maryland and West Virginia and extends into the mid-point of Virginia, including Shenandoah National Park. In addition, we maintain other regional trails, for a total of over 1,000 miles of trails, 1,000 acres of land and more than 80 shelters and cabins. Check out where PATC maintains trails.
Contact one of our District Managers about volunteering in their district.
PATC also sponsors a number of trail crews which are organized geographically within our territory. If you are outside the DC area, many of the trails crews are also associated with one of our Chapters. Basic trail work includes keeping the footpath clear by managing natural overgrowth, removing obstacles from the tread, controlling erosion, and ensuring that blazes and signage are clear and obvious. Crews also tackle larger trail tasks like building or maintaining foot bridges, building and relocating sections of the footpath or caring for overnight sites.
No prior experience required; we will train on the job, just bring your enthusiasm & desire to give-back
Choose the best location for you & click on the Trail Crew to email the crew leader
You can also join one of our Week long Work Crews
Trail Maintenance Skills Workshop
Join our workshop to help new and seasoned overseers learn or hone the skills needed to be effective trail maintainers. Clipping, blazing, water bars, and trail safety will be covered. To help us move away from using water bars, the construction of rolling grade dips (a more sustainable, and less intrusive, water control feature than water bars), will also be taught. This is on the job training. We will walk a trail section with tools and practice the tasks necessary for routine trail maintenance.
Pre registration required by no later than the Friday one week prior to the class. Class size will be limited to ten.
Registrants will receive an email with location and other details.
Contact- Robert Fina. Robert@Fina-co.com