Train Closes the Appalachian Trail at Harpers Ferry: On December 21, a CSX train derailment closed the Goodloe Byron Memorial Footbridge that crosses the Potomac River from Harpers Ferry to Maryland. The Appalachian Trail uses that bridge. There is now no safe pedestrian route across the river. Those planning hikes in that area should park on the same side of the river that they intend to hike on.  For further information about this matter, consult the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park website | Update as of January 15

Blackburn Caretaker Needed!  A great job caring for one of the club's most valuable posessions and helping AT hikers.  More information and how to apply

Annual Meeting 2019Annual Members Meeting — Volunteers Celebrated and Constitutional Amendment Approved:  The club held its annual members meeting on November 20.  Both the club and its members were honored for their volunteer work.  The amendment to the club’s constitution was approved.  Report and list of awardees

Jones Mt Cabin in winterHoliday Shopping Special — Free Shipping Extended to January 31!  Shipping will be free for PATC merchandise orders at the online store through January 31 that total $60 or more for club members or $75 for non-members. (See terms in the store.) Do your holiday shopping now!

New Chapter: A group of folks in Round Hill, Front Royal, and areas near there are forming a proposed Blue Ridge Chapter.  If you want to join their cause, go to the group’s website or send an e-mail.

Meetup logoMeetup Group: The club's Meetup group has been updated to focus on work trips and trail maintenance-related training. This is the place to find a work trip to join. Spend a day in the woods and have the satisfaction of improving the trails.  If you are a PATC work crew leader, list your activity here. For more information, contact the club's social media team



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