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PATC hikes are an opportunity to understand the club and its important trail maintenance work. You do not need to be a PATC member to hike with us, but we hope you will consider joining after getting to know us. Come join us on the trails!

(PATC hikes are conducted by trained hike leaders. The hikes offer various levels of difficulty and distance).

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ABOUT PATC

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) is a 100% Volunteer-Supported 501c3 non-profit formed in 1927 for the purpose of building and maintaining the Appalachian Trail (AT), a 2190-mile footpath from Maine to Georgia, the longest hiking-only trail in the world.

We are the Trail Guardians for over 1000 miles of trails in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia & Virginia, including 240 miles of AT. Our territory begins in Central Pennsylvania at Pine Grove Furnace, continues thru Maryland & West Virginia to Harpers Ferry and extends into the mid-point of Virginia, including the Shenandoah National Park. In addition, we maintain other regional trails, for a total of over 1,000 miles of trails, thousands of acres of land and more than 80 shelters and cabins.

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ABOUT THE HIKE PROGRAM

The first stated purpose of PATC is "to support and encourage the ... proper recreational use of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and other trails". This is done partly through the sponsorship of hikes on trails in PATC's area and on other trails.

The club has a wide-ranging hiking program which includes local area hikes and excursions into other geographical areas. Hikes can range from short, close-in day hikes to extended excursions. Hikes can be for physical conditioning, social interaction, nature walks, history lessons, to reach a viewpoint, or any of a number of purposes. The club encourages a wide variety of hikes, and provides training and support to hike leaders.

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Hike, Lunch & Learn Series: Blue Ridge Chapter Open House

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Our Hike Lunch, & Learn series will consist of an open house where we would like to invite members and prospective members to come learn about Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and Blue Ridge chapter.

The Open House will be held from 10-11. We will break for lunch from 11-12 , so feel free to bring your lunch if you wish to stay and eat with us, then we enjoy a short hike on the Native trail from 12pm to 1pm.

After the open house we will host a little hike to explore the Nancy Larrick Crosby native plant trail. Located in the heart of the arboretum, the trail is a little less than a mile long loop gravel path that winds through three different gardens and habitats featuring plants that are native to Virginia. Enjoy Virginia’s diverse native trees and spring wildflowers in our woodland garden, stroll through the tall grasses of our 24-acre meadow, and look for birds, turtles, and frogs along the boardwalks in our wetland.

Please make sure to bring water for your walk wear footwear and clothing appropriate for hiking on varied terrain. We will carry on in light rain but cancel in heavy precipitation.

PATC's Hike, Lunch & Learn Series: Women Outdoors

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PATC Lunch, Learn and Hike Series: Women on the Trail
Come join us for a day of learning, fun, community and yes even some hiking! PATC Lunch, Learn and Hike Series: Women on the Trail is geared towards educating and promoting safe and responsible outdoor recreation. Presentations will include Hiking 101, Backpacking, Map & Compass and so much more.

This event is FREE and open to all women, regardless if you are new to hiking/backpacking or have been hiking/backpacking for over 20 years, this event is for us all.

More information will be send once you sign up for the event!

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First Day Forest Therapy Walks

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First Day Hike is a nationwide initiative meant to encourage people to get outdoors on January 1st. But with so many wonderful trails near us, why limit First Day Hikes to just the first day of the year?

Join PATC’s Supervisor of Outreach, Kristine Villatoro, the first of every month for a chance to connect with nature. Kristine will be offering Forest Therapy Walks, which will be conducted in parks and trails throughout PATC’s geographical area, primarily in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley area.

Forest Therapy (or shinrin yoku) is the simple practice of taking in the woods through the senses for health benefits. The benefits are immense: boosted immunity, lowered blood pressure and heart rate, improved attention and mood, and hitting the reset button on life.
Your experience will include a two-hour walk, that will typically be less than a mile in length, responding to different invitations to experience aspects of the natural world.

Kristine is not only PATC’s Supervisor of Outreach but she is also a certified and trained Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT), and will guide you through sensory invitations to help you slow down, awaken your senses, and reconnect with nature.

Those who attend the walks will receive a commemorative PATC First Day Sticker.

First Day Forest Therapy Walks

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First Day Hike is a nationwide initiative meant to encourage people to get outdoors on January 1st. But with so many wonderful trails near us, why limit First Day Hikes to just the first day of the year?

Join PATC’s Supervisor of Outreach, Kristine Villatoro, the first of every month for a chance to connect with nature. Kristine will be offering Forest Therapy Walks, which will be conducted in parks and trails throughout PATC’s geographical area, primarily in Northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley area.

Forest Therapy (or shinrin yoku) is the simple practice of taking in the woods through the senses for health benefits. The benefits are immense: boosted immunity, lowered blood pressure and heart rate, improved attention and mood, and hitting the reset button on life.
Your experience will include a two-hour walk, that will typically be less than a mile in length, responding to different invitations to experience aspects of the natural world.

Kristine is not only PATC’s Supervisor of Outreach but she is also a certified and trained Forest Therapy Guide with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT), and will guide you through sensory invitations to help you slow down, awaken your senses, and reconnect with nature.

Those who attend the walks will receive a commemorative PATC First Day Sticker.

FEE: There is a $10.00 fee to enter the park unless you have a VA State Park pass.

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PATC Family Trails Day

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