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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 nearly 50 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.



  In addition to the A.T., we maintain trails in the following Parks & Forests:

• Audubon Cliff Jones Field Station
Buchanan State Forest
Caledonia State Park
• Cowans Gap State Park
• Florence Jones Reineman Wildlife Sanctuary
Michaux State Forest
Pennsylvania State Game Lands 124, 170, & 230
Tuscarora State Forest

• Antietam National Battlefield Park
C&O Canal National Historic Park
Cabin John Regional Park
Catoctin Mountain Park
Cunningham Falls State Park
Gambrill State Park
Gathland State Park
• Great Falls Park
Greenbriar State Park
Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area
Monocacy National Battlefield Park
South Mountain State Park
Washington Monument State Park

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

Appalachian Trail Park Office
Bull Run Regional Park
Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Battlefields
George Washington Memorial Parkway
George Washington National Forest
Manassas Battlefield Park
Turkey Run Park
Prince William Forest Park
• Shenandoah National Park
Sky Meadows State Park
Thompson Wildlife Management Area
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

• C&O Canal National Historic Park
• Cabin John Regional Park 
• Great Falls Park 
• George Washington Memorial Parkway
• Rock Creek Park
• Turkey Run Park
• Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts