What we're about

The Potomac Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) was established in 1984. It is the southernmost of the 12 regional AMC chapters and has 3,000 members that live mainly in Maryland, northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, as well as eastern West Virginia.

Chapter activities include day-hiking, backpacking, paddling, biking, and social get-togethers. In addition, the Chapter organizes various conservation initiatives and workdays, engages in non-partisan conservation activism, and offers education and leadership opportunities. Most of our Chapter’s outings are open to the public.
Beginner or expert, the AMC Potomac Chapter has something for everyone. With activities that include hiking, biking, paddling, backpacking, and more. We're sure you will find something you love. Beyond just the trips, training, and conservation advocacy, we are a group that encourages community and camaraderie among its members. Open and welcoming to anyone with an interest in the outdoors, we hope that the shared knowledge and experiences between all of us will help you to grow within the outdoor community and create connections and friendships for a lifetime.
Chapter AMC members receive the award-winning “AMC Outdoors” magazine 10 times per year, chapter newsletters, and other AMC benefits including discounts at AMC facilities and events. You can find more information about the Potomac Chapter at https://www.outdoors.org/chapters/potomac and AMC at http://www.outdoors.org .

• Professionally trained volunteer leaders (https://www.outdoors.org/skills-leadership/leadership-skills/) means our trips are well organized, safe, AND fun!
• Activities are open to anyone, no membership dues are required, but your support helps (https://www.outdoors.org/get-involved).
• Your support helps us continue to protect more than 100,000 acres of land and 2,000 miles of trails (https://www.outdoors.org/conservation) under the care of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
While our Meetup showcases some of our best activities provided by the Chapter, they don't all make it to this page and often you will only see a small fraction of what is available! If you would like to see the full assortment of upcoming activities offered by the AMC Potomac Chapter, please click here:      https://activities.outdoors.org/search/?view=7&grp=11 .
Also, if you would like to be part of our community and join in the conversation please consider following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AMCPotomac/.
Let's get outdoors!!!
Lisa Novins
Chapter Chair
AMC Potomac Chapter

Upcoming events (1)

Novice Backpacking Workshop for Adults with Overnight Backpack

Summit Bechtel Reserve North Entrance


This is a three night program for novices who want to build their hiking and camping skills and then go on an overnight backpack. It consists of pre program course content and camping in the relative safety of the 11,000 acre Summit Bechtel Reserve. The overnight backpack may be on Reserve property or nearby in the New River Gorge National Park.

The program fee is $15.00 for AMC Members and $25.00 for non members.

The first time you register for an AMC program online you will need to set up a user ID & Password. After that you will be able to register.

To register for the program, follow the link below:

Please note that we are only using the facility for hiking, camping and backpacking. We will not be using any of their many other high adventure program offerings.

Participants will need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags appropriate for the season, pads, backpack and bear canister/Ursack and food. Your leaders will help advise you if you don't already have this gear.

All participants must be vaccinated or have a negative antigen test within 24 hours of arrival. Please affirm on the pre-registration form that you are vaccinated or will be in compliance by the program date. You will be asked to show your vaccine card or test result upon arrival.

Easy: Reasonable fitness for the expected activity is needed, but the trip is designed for those new to the activity. Expect to be active up to 4 hours/day. A bit more active time than the relaxed rating, but with generous breaks.

Note the program fee. You will be sent instructions on how to pay after you have received preliminary approval to attend. The refund policy is 100% until January 31st, 50% after February 1st, 25% after March 1st and no refunds after April 1st. If you plan to pay the member rate, please enter your membership number under other on the pre-registration form or note you are waiting for your number if you are joining to get the discounted rate.

Registration closes April 10th.

For more information prior to registering, please contact the leader.


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