What we're about
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 7,300 members and volunteers, PATC builds and maintains 240 miles of the Appalachian Trail and over 800 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.