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This is a group for anyone who is interested in volunteering with the PATC.

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) is a volunteer-based organization, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia and founded in 1927. PATC is one of 31 organizations that maintain the Appalachian Trail for the enjoyment of present and future hikers.

Through its 7,000+ 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.

The club is always in need of enthusiastic volunteers!

Upcoming events (5+)

SPOOKY BEAVER CREW - Trail Maintenance Work Trip: Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park, Turkey Run Education Center

Join the Spooky Beaver Trail Crew to maintain the 37 miles of hiking paths in historic Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, VA . Wear boots and dress for the weather; bring water, a trail lunch, and leather work gloves. We typically work until 2:30 pm, but you can leave as you like. Please let Mark Ellis know if you are coming via [masked] or (703)[masked] (voice/text).

WEST CHAPTER - Trail Day Work Trip at Sugarloaf Mountain

Those hiking trails that we enjoy using at Sugarloaf Mountain (Dickerson, MD) do not maintain themselves! Installation of new and maintenance of existing erosion control structures on the blue-blazed Northern Peaks Trail will be the primary tasks. Dress in clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty appropriate for the weather. Shorts are NOT recommended. Bring work gloves, eye protection, water, and lunch or trail snacks. Session will cancel for steady heavy rains or thunderstorms, but not light rains or intermittent showers. We generally finish at 3:30 pm; however, stay for as long as you can. Later arrivals are welcome also, just inform the overseer in advance so that he can let you know the project site location. Meet at the West View parking area. http://www.sugarloafmd.com/images/maps/102709_trailmap.pdf

WEST CHAPTER - Trail Day at Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain, West View Parking Area

Those hiking trails that we enjoy using at Sugarloaf Mountain (Dickerson, MD) do not maintain themselves! Installation of new and maintenance of existing erosion control structures on the blue-blazed Northern Peaks Trail will be the primary tasks. Dress in clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty appropriate for the weather. Shorts are NOT recommended. Bring work gloves, eye protection, water, and lunch or trail snacks. Session will cancel for steady heavy rains or thunderstorms, but not light rains or intermittent showers. We generally finish at 3:30 pm; however, stay for as long as you can. Later arrivals are welcome also, just inform the overseer in advance so that he can let you know the project site location. Meet at the West View parking area. This will be the last trail work trip for the spring season before the summer break. Fall sessions will resume late September. http://www.sugarloafmd.com/images/maps/102709_trailmap.pdf

SPOOKY BEAVER CREW - Trail Maintenance Work Trip: Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park, Turkey Run Education Center

Join the Spooky Beaver Trail Crew to maintain the 37 miles of hiking paths in historic Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, VA . Wear boots and dress for the weather; bring water, a trail lunch, and leather work gloves. We typically work until 2:30 pm, but you can leave as you like. Please let Mark Ellis know if you are coming via [masked] or (703)[masked] (voice/text).

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