This is a group for anyone who is interested in hiking, backpacking, camping, trail maintenance and making new friends. This group was started to bring outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life together. 

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) is a volunteer-based organization, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. PATC was founded in 1927 by the men and women who planned and built the Appalachian Trail. PATC is one of 31 organizations that partner with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) in maintaining the Appalachian Trail for the enjoyment of present and future hikers. 

Through its 6,400 member volunteers, PATC builds and maintains 240 miles of the Appalachian Trail and over 1,000 miles of other trails in the Mid Atlantic Region, along with cabins, shelters, and hundreds of acres of conserved land.

PATC volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours of volunteer service every year. Volunteers maintain trails, cabins, and shelters, teach Leave No Trace principles to hikers and backpackers, publish maps and guidebooks, and help manage a busy headquarters operation. 

In addition to volunteer opportunities, the club offers a busy calendar of recreational events, including hikes, excursions, cross-country ski weekends, and mountaineering trips. The club is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers.

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Recent Meetups

  • Yesterday · 10:30 AM

    Trail Day at Sugarloaf Mountain

    3 Outdoor Enthusiasts | 5.00 | 15 Photos

    An impromptu trip has been scheduled for Sunday May 24 at 10:30 am to finish up projects that we started on the 17th that should not be deferred to the fall. The project... Learn more
  • 5 days ago · 7:30 PM

    PATC New Members Meeting

    9 Outdoor Enthusiasts

    Come meet other new members, see PATC HQS, & get questions answered. Or call in to participate over the phone [masked] participant code[masked]#
  • May 18 · 8:00 AM

    Pocosin Hollow Natural History Hike

    2 Outdoor Enthusiasts

    Join Bob Pickett on a hike through Pocosin Hollow of the central district of the Shenandoah National Park.  This moderately difficult hike of approximately 8 miles will... Learn more
  • May 11 · 8:00 AM

    Pocosin Hollow Natural History Hike

    2 Outdoor Enthusiasts

    Join Bob Pickett on a hike through Pocosin Hollow of the central district of the Shenandoah National Park.  This moderately difficult hike of approximately 8 miles will... Learn more
  • May 10 · 9:00 AM

    Big Devil Staircase: SNP Hike

    8 Outdoor Enthusiasts | 5.00 | 17 Photos

    Hike Time: 9am Meet & Greet: 8:45am Length: 5.5 miles Type: Out and Back Elevation Change: ~1000 ft PATC Map: #9 Click Here for directions to the trailhead Join Courtney... Learn more
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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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