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)

Potomac Chapter's Second Virtual Annual Meeting

Online event

Grab a beverage or some dinner and please join us for the Potomac Chapter's Second Virtual Annual Meeting.

Our guest speaker will be Ranger Claire Comer from Shenandoah National Park. Over the past thirty years, she has told the stories of Shenandoah in person, online and through exhibits while working as an interpretive specialist. Ranger Comer's family used to live on the land that is now Shenandoah National Park and she has agreed to share her unique outdoor journey with us.

We are planning another slide show, so gather your photos from your favorite AMC adventures this past year and send them to Rich Batiuk at [masked]. Please include a brief description of the location and trip.

In addition, we plan to offer several in-person outdoor events earlier in the day at various locations within the region. Trips will be posted on on this Meetup page and on AMC's Activities Database at https://activities.outdoors.org/search (select "Potomac" in group/chapter drop down) then click on "search". Keep an eye out for new listings and come join us if you can.

The business portion of the Annual Meeting will be virtual so as many people as possible can participate and to keep everyone safe as COVID numbers in our region remain high. We will elect officers, recognize volunteers, and hear from our Chapter Chair and AMC Headquarters staff about how you can get more involved with your local chapter and get outdoors!

Registration is required so please follow this link in order to receive the link for the Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Aive7hV_TcWweo3knYb7Xw After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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