The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, formed in 1927 to build a key section of the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail. The over 8,000 member Club is governed by volunteer officers supported by a professional staff.
PATC maintains the 240-mile AT section from Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park to Pine Grove Furnace, Pennsylvania, the entire 250-mile Tuscarora Trail, and 650 miles of other trails across Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.
We manage 42 rental cabins, a hostel, and 45 trail shelters. We own, manage, and protect related lands. More than 1,000 volunteers contribute over 90,000 work hours on average annually, largely in trail and facility maintenance
Our regional Chapters - South Shenandoah Valley, Charlottesville, North, and Blue Ridge - as well as the Ski Touring and Mountaineering Sections - provide additional opportunities. Our store sells PATC’s renowned books, maps, and gear.