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Trail Maintenance Skills

Trail maintenance 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.


Every year, hundreds of PATC volunteers cut or reroute miles of trails. Fallen trees are removed with chainsaws, crosscut saws and axes. Stone staircases and boulder stream crossings are built using winches, highlines and rigging gear. PATC conducts or sponsors classes and workshops that teach the skills necessary to safely conduct these activities.   Most are taught in conjunction with our partners in the National Park Service or State Parks.  Examples of these workshops are Rigging, Advanced Stonework and Chainsaw Certification to name a few.
Upcoming workshops are highlighted in our newsletter, the Potomac Appalachian as well as on the PATC Calendar.

Trail Patrol Classes
The PATC Trail Patrol is our educational outreach group....both in the classroom as well as on the trail.  They offer classes in a variety of subjects of interest to the outdoors community.  All are  open to the general public, and may be one day, one weekend, or several days in length.

These classes & workshops are very popular, are all taught by PATC volunteers & usually fill-up quickly.   Pre-registration is required & all participants must be 18 years of age.

Classes are currently offered for:

       Trail Patrol Training
       Hike Leadership
       Wilderness First Aid
       Leave No Trace

More detailed info is provided at Classes & Workshops or visit the PATC Calendar .