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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.

Volunteers Needed

Trail Maintenance
PATC 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.
Requirements:  No prior experience required; we will train on the job, just bring your enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:    Choose the best location for you & click on the Trail Crew to email the crew leader

MD Battlefield Park
Shenandoah North
Shenandoah Central
Shenandoah South           
Bull Run Occoquan Trail
  Trail Crew
Yankee Clippers
South Mountaineers 
Old Line Crew
Blue and White Crew 
Flying Mcleods   
Potomac Crew            
Great North Mountain
DC Metro            
Wolf Trap
Prince William Forest Park 
    Trail Crew
Stonewall Brigade

Rock Creek Filibusters                
Wolf Trap Trail Performers          
Spooky Beavers 
Cadillac Crew
Acme Treadway Company

You can also join one of our 
Week long Work Crews

New Boots -

Volunteers Appointed in September


Chris Koval                             Bearfence Hut



Wendy C. Willis                       AT ~ Verlin Smith Trail to Manassas Gap Shelter

Bob Macke                              AT ~ Verlin Smith Trail to Manassas Gap Shelter

Phil Chandler                          AT ~ Rte. 638 to the Denton Shelter
Dougas Gritzinger                   AT ~ Skyland Stables to Timber Hollow Overlook

Lori Silvestri                            AT ~ Pinefield Gap to Ivy Creek Overlook

Bill Markunas                          AT ~ Pinefield Gap to Ivy Creek Overlook

Wendy Smith                          Tuscarora ~ Eagles Nest Mt. Parking Lot to Meadow Branch Trail

Roy Oelschlager                     Tuscarora ~ Hampshire Grade Road to High Rock

Nicole & Chris Layton             Tuscarora ~ County Line 48/55 to Gerhard Shelter

Greg Gurley                            Cabin John Trail ~ Democracy Boulevard to Tuckerman

Ben Mitchell                            Bear Den Rock Trail

Volunteers Appointed in August 


Nicole & Chris Layton             Paul Gerhard shelter


Dave Jordahl                          AT ~ Loudoun Heights Trail to Powerline

Abby Ingram                           AT ~ VA Rte. 50 to Old Purple Trail

Pamela T. Heinrich                 AT ~ Sawmill Run Overlook to Turk Gap

Tom G. Miller                          PA Tuscarora ~ McClures Gap to Warner Trail

Roy Oelschlager                     PA Tuscarora ~ Warner Trail to PA 233/Colonel Denning State Park

Elizabeth Moser                      Piney Ridge Trail (upper)

Elizabeth Moser                      Byrds Nest 4 Access Trail

Diana & Ruben Munoz           Crescent Rock Trail

Viesturs Osvalds                     Brown Mountain

JoAnn Shaner                         Soapstone Valley & Yuma Spur

Hike Leaders
Trail Patrol offers a hike leader class for hikers who are learning new skills as well as formal hike leaders of outing groups who are updating their group leadership skills. The course provides essential skills for leading safe, environmentally responsible, and enjoyable hikes. We cover how to handle backcountry medical emergencies, leadership development, trip planning, standard procedures, emergency procedures, gear and clothing, map reading and navigation, and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. The training includes lectures with hands-on applications and trail-based scenarios. The course is open to all levels, from novice to experienced hikers.

Requirements:     Attend Hike Leadership class, fee may be required
To Volunteer:      Contact the Hike Leader Chair  

Trail Patrol
Trail Patrol volunteers hike in the Maryland, Virginia, southern Pennsylvania, eastern West Virginia, and D.C. region offering assistance and information to hikers and backpackers, helping  fellow hikers understand how to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and responsible manner.   Additionally, they report trail conditions to the volunteer Trail Crews who maintain the region’s trails.

Attend the Trail Patrol training class
Trail Patrol Web Site and Class Information:  Click Here
To Volunteer:     Send an email to the Trail Patrol training leader   

Cabin & Shelter Maintenance
The 80+ cabins & shelters which PATC maintains in the Mid-Atlantic area require regular maintenance & upkeep.   Each cabin or shelter has an Overseer who provides direct support, however for larger jobs, more hands are needed.   The Cabin and Shelter Crews work with the Overseer on larger projects including renovation and major rehabilitation.  

  No training required....just enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:   Cabins: Visit our Cabin Construction and Maintenance page or email the Cabin Coordinator. Shelters: email the Shelter Maintenance Coordinator to connect with volunteer projects in your area

Youth & Scout Experiences
There are always projects and/or activities underway involving youth or Scout experiences in nature.   

Requirements:  No training required....just enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:   Email the Youth/Scout Experience Chair
More Opportunities
They are many more opportunities to Volunteer .....some requiring experience with PATC like phone answering at PATC HQ office in Vienna, VA or publishing guidebooks, the newsletter or maps and many more.   Since this is a 100% volunteer organization, we also need & appreciate good volunteers.   See even more opportunities and contacts.