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Picture of the productAppalachian Trail Guide to Maryland and N. Virginia (Book 6)
$11.20 for members, $14.00 for non-members. (18th edition, 2015) The 2015 Appalachian Trail Guide to Maryland and Northern Virginia, Eighteenth Edition, the first since 2008, has just been released. This edition retains the familiar cover looking down into Harpers Ferry toward Sandy Hook Bridge. There have been significant updates to some of the side trails, notably the Catoctin Trail in Maryland, but no major changes to the AT since the last edition. GPS coordinates using North American Datum 83 have been added for parking lots and key road crossings.

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Picture of the productAT Guide Set #6 (Guide Book to MD and N.VA w/ maps 5-6,7,8)
$24.80 for members, $31.00 for non-members. Includes Guide Book #6 covering the state of Maryland, and Northern Virginia to the Shenandoah National Park boundary, and PATC's most recent Maps 5&6, 7, and 8.

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Picture of the productAppalachian Tr. Guide to Shenandoah NP+side trails (Book 7)
$11.20 for members, $14.00 for non-members. The 15th edition (2016) of the Appalachian Trail Guide to Shenandoah National Park and Side Trails has just been released. This edition, with the familiar black bear on the cover, contains essential information about hiking and resources in the Shenandoah National Park as well as current Park regulations related to hiking and camping. The edition also includes extensive information about first aid along the trail and about the human history, geology, and natural history of the park. There have been no major changes to the AT or to the side trails since the last edition.New to this edition are the GPS coordinates, using North American Datum 83, for parking lots and key road crossings. The trails in this guide are shown on PATC Maps 9, 10, and 11.

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Picture of the productAppalachian Trail Guide Set #7 (Guide to SNP w/maps 9,10,11)
$24.80 for members, $31.00 for non-members. Includes Guide Book #7 covering all the trails in Shenandoah National Park, and PATC's most recent Maps 9, 10, and 11.

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Picture of the productGuide to Great North Mountain Trails
The Third Edition (2017) of the Guide to Great North Mountain Trails is now available. This edition, edited by Glenn Palatini, and its predecessor are primarily updates of the First Edition prepared by the late Wil Kohlbrenner. He is due recognition for the foundation of this work. The guide includes detailed descriptions of more than 40 trails along the Virginia-West Virginia border in the Lee Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest. The area covered in this guide corresponds to the area covered on PATC map F. In addition to trail descriptions and mileage diagrams, the guide provides an historical overview of sites along the trails, which include iron blast furnaces, charcoal hearths, and chimney stones. The photographs in this edition were provided by Richard Stromberg and Ed Brimberg. Ed also provided updates to the mileage diagrams; Brian Goudreau provided the GPS coordinates.

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Picture of the productMassanutten Guide Set (Guide to Massanutten Mtn w/ maps G&H)
$16.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. Includes the 2013 5th edition of the Massanutten Hiking Guide and current versions of maps G and H, which cover the region.

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Picture of the productCircuit Hikes in Shenandoah National Park
The 18th edition (2019) of the guidebook, Circuit Hikes in the Shenandoah National Park, describes 29 of the most popular hikes found throughout the North, Central, and South Districts of the Park. The guidebook includes all of the information users need to select the most appropriate hike for their interest and abilities. The thumb-nail description of each hike includes the length, the time required to complete the hike, the difficulty rating (easy, moderate, and strenuous), and the elevation or sum of the ascents on the hike route. This information is followed by the trailhead GPS coordinates using GMS 84 datum for each hike (new to this edition), a turn by turn description of the hike route, and a two-color map showing the route. Also included for many hikes are alternative routes that may differ in length or difficulty from the primary route described.

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Picture of the productCircuit Hikes in Virginia, West Va., Maryland, and Pa.
(10th edition, 2019). This guide, known by many as simply the 4-States book, includes many of the iconic hikes found in our beautiful mid-Atlantic region. Two things that make this edition so special are that all of the inside photos, 27 of them by editors Larry Broadwell and William Needham, are in color, and it has a stunning cover photo reflecting fall in Hazel Country by Barbara Southworth, used with her permission. As in prior editions, the guide features 25 circuit routes in the four-state area complete with trailhead GPS coordinates using the NAD83 system, and a detailed topographic map by Dave Pierce for each route. Three of the entries are entirely new. Others have been revised to vary routes described in prior years. Still others have been updated to reflect reroutes, historical research, and more. While some of the circuits are less familiar than others, all comprise a dayhiker's dream book.

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Picture of the productHikes in Western Maryland
$8.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members. (4th edition, 2014) The 2014 Fourth Edition of Hikes in Western Maryland, the first since 2010, contains updated descriptions of many of the hiking trails found in earlier editions including day hikes and multi-day backpacking trips, level strolls and demanding climbs, linear hikes and circuits. Historic sites, opportunities for a dip in a stream or lake along the way, or options for camping along the trails or nearby are highlighted. GPS coordinates (NAD83) for the parking lots at trailheads have been added to this edition.

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Picture of the productThe Tuscarora Trail: A Guide to the North Half in MD and PA
$9.60 for members, $12.00 for non-members. (6th Edition, 2016, 104pp.) This latest edition of the guide for hiking the Tuscarora Trail North in Maryland and Pennsylvania has a new look! Within a new cover and a new design, it incorporates recent trail changes/relocations and adds NAD83 GPS coordinates for the 10 trail sections comprising it. It also includes the informative and delightful to read sections on the geology and flora and fauna of the area through which the trail passes found in previous editions. Includes 17 photos.

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Picture of the productThe Tuscarora Trail: A Guide to the South Half in WV and VA
$9.60 for members, $12.00 for non-members. (6th Edition, 2016, 136pp.) This latest edition of the guide for hiking the Tuscarora Trail South in Virginia and West Virginia has a new look! Within a new cover and a new design, it incorporates recent trail changes/relocations and adds NAD83 GPS coordinates for the 12 trail sections comprising it. It also includes the informative and delightful to read sections on the geology and flora and fauna of the area through which the trail passes found in previous editions. Includes 12 photos.

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Picture of the productThe Great Eastern Trail - Between SR 55/US 48 and I-64
(First edition, 2018). Our newest publication is the first guidebook to the 200 miles-plus of the Great Eastern Trail between SR55/US 48 and White Sulphur Springs, WV (I-64) in West Virginia and Virginia. The Great Eastern Trail, known as the GET, is a 1800 mile long trail leading from Alabama to New York made up of local trails linked to form a longer path; it parallels to the Appalachian Trail and in many ways is modelled after it, but set farther west and south. The trails making up the sections of the GET covered in this guidebook include part of the Allegheny Trail and part of the Tuscarora Trail. Between these trails is the Headwaters Section, a series of different Forest Service trails and roads largely on Shenandoah Mountain and North Mountain. Work towards completion of the GET, organized from the local trail clubs in 2007, is ongoing. Progress on the trail and trail updates can be followed in the newsletters found at www.greateasterntrail.net.
120 pages, 5 maps, 23 photographs


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Picture of the productSHENANDOAH MOUNTAIN TRAILS
As described by the guidebook author, Timothy Hupp, Shenandoah Mountain is located west of the Shenandoah Valley in the North River Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest; and extends 72-miles northeast to southwest from Hardy County, WV to Bath County, VA. The guidebook covers the central section of Shenandoah Mountain between Rt. 33 and Rt. 250 in western Rockingham and Augusta Counties. This large wild area has a network of over 150 miles of trails, many of which were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. These trails offer an exceptional hiking experience in terms of scenic beauty, challenge, rich diversity of plants and wildlife, and the opportunity to find solitude. Learn more about Shenandoah Mountain at www.friendsofshenandoahmountain.org. This first edition (2018) has 52 pages, 5 maps, and 9 photographs.

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PC119
Picture of the productHikes in the Washington Region: Part A - N. Md. Counties
$8.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members. (6th edition, 2013) Trail builders in Maryland counties northwest of Washington have been busy. So have the PATC volunteers who produce the pocket guides that are must-haves for new and experienced hikers alike. The new Part A, like its predecessors, covers Maryland's Montgomery and Frederick Counties, but this edition adds Washington County to the geographic coverage. The 2013 guide includes staples along the C&O Canal and other stream valleys that flow to the Potomac. It covers paths close to Washington, a few with segments on paved hiker-biker trails suitable for families and beginners, as well as challenging new hikes farther from DC. Among the more difficult: a circuit of Antietam Battlefield where Civil War buffs might linger for a full day; a 16-mile route in the Catoctin Mountains with a "short" option that still exceeds 10 miles (lots of climbing on both options); a short but tough circuit in the Monocacy NRMA, where trails are not marked in any way, may be seriously overgrown, and involve several stream crossings. (Good ability to navigate by the book's map is essential on this one.) An unusual number of parks and preserves closed or rerouted trails due to 2012 storm damage or erosion. New paths opened in their place, so an unusual number of old favorites have new maps and significant changes in the turn-by turn trail directions. As in all PATC pocket guides, the essentials are explained concisely and clearly to lead hikers from landmark to landmark. Maps by PATC's master, Dave Pierce, and lots of photos of the flora, fauna and landscapes make it all live. 4 ¼ x 7, 144 pages, 24 hikes each with two color maps, two color overview locator map, 25 photos

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Picture of the productHikes in the Washington Region: Part B - Northern Virginia
$8.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members. The 2015 Fifth Edition, the first since 2007, is part of a trilogy on Washington, D.C., area hiking. Part B offers a variety of hiking experiences in Northern Virginia; it describes more routes, with more options for longer and shorter variations than previous editions, and extends beyond the immediate Capital Beltway to the Shenandoah River and close to Harpers Ferry. GPS trailhead coordinates (NAD83) have also been added.

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Picture of the productHikes in the Washington Region: Part C - DC/S. Md. Counties
2017 Fourth Edition. The new edition of Part C, revised by Larry Broadwell and William Needham, includes four new hikes in addition to significant updates to seven hikes familiar from prior editions. The authors have also expanded the information in the introductory sections to the individual hikes and to the seven geographic areas covered in the book; these sections now include descriptions of cultural and natural histories of the areas and other parks and preserves within them. The expanded edition, at 152 pages, still fits within a pocket and can easily be carried on the trail. (Companion books "A" and "B" cover Maryland Counties northwest of DC and Northern Virginia.)

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Picture of the productThese Hills Were Home
Our newest publication - These Hills Were Home: A Walking History Guide to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Greene and Western Madison County, Virginia - has just arrived! Lovingly written by Kristie Kendall, the author's purpose "is to breathe new life into the history of the mountain communities that once flourished in the Blue Ridge Mountains."* She provides the reader with a historic context and a trail guide for exploring "life in the mountains from the first white settlers through the 1930s, when land was obtained for the creation of the Shenandoah National Park."* She reminds readers at several points that the sites described in the book are the places where generations of mountain families lived out their lives, and should be treated with respect and left undisturbed. The book, 132 pages, includes 97 photographs and 12 trail maps. *Quotes taken from About this Book, page 1

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Picture of the productGuide to Massanutten Mountain Hiking Trails
$8.00 for members, $10.00 for non-members. The latest (2013) revision of the PATC Guide to Massanutten Hiking Trails, 5th ed. is updated with maximum grade and climb/descent values for each trail. These values may be used by hikers as an aid to assess the difficulty of hiking the trail. Climb and descent values are the sums of all ups and downs and not merely the difficulty of the trail. GPS data is included in this guide. This is your best guide to hiking the trails in the Massanutten Mountain section of the Lee Ranger District of the George Washington National Forest in Virginia. The guide provides easy to follow mile by mile trail directions, detailed trail descriptions, history, and flora along the trail for your safety and enjoyment. For ease of use and accuracy, this new guide is a must! 174 pages 4 ¼ x 7 softcover, 10 mileage diagrams, 27 beautiful photos

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Picture of the productClimbers' Guide to the Great Falls of the Potomac
$10.36 for members, $12.95 for non-members. (Second Edition; Tate; 2001; 190pp.) This guide provides maps, descriptions, and ratings of technical climbing routes along the Potomac River; covers both the Maryland and Virginia shorelines. The revised edition includes dozens of new routes, and updated maps and photos that are extremely easy to read.

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Picture of the productCarderock Past and Present: A Climbers Guide
$10.36 for members, $12.95 for non-members. (2008 edition) This historic site has long offered the best bouldering close in to the Nation's Capital and the guide offers route descriptions and difficulty of the main Carderock climbing, as well as information on less populated areas. Carderock is a unique natural resource located near the Nation's capital. It has a long history as a climbing area and today it offers the best local bouldering with easy access. Carderock's character is largely defined by its history, and this guide provides a historic perspective to climbing at Carderock. This guide offers route descriptions and difficulty of the main Carderock climbing, as well as information on less populated areas. This guidebook intends to document the exploratory-and in recent years creative-spirit of climbers and mountaineers who have used the rocks along the Potomac River for decades. It is a guide to some of the newer routes as well as a partial record of the people who first actively climbed the area and named many routes.

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Picture of the productHiker's Guide to Civil War Trails in the Mid-Atlantic Region
$9.60 for members, $12.00 for non-members. Hiker's Guide to Civil War Trails in the Mid-Atlantic Region includes 27 day-hikes around battlefields, along lines of march, and through defensive works. Each hike is accompanied by a simple but clear topo map and trail description as well as historical information about the events that happened along the path the hike follows and the significance of those events.

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