PATC's MISSION STATEMENT
"The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club,
through volunteer efforts, education and advocacy, maintains
and protects the Appalachian Trail and nearby lands as well as
acquiring and maintaining other trails and related facilities
in the Mid-Atlantic region for the enjoyment of present and future
Since 1927 the Club has offered and will coninue to offer outdoor
experiences that allow all to appreciate the natural beauty of
the land. As we hike and work, alone or together, we are the
stewards of the land, ever mindful of the need to conserve the
natural landscape with respect for historical and cultural features
as well as the natural ecosystem.
Originally formed to develop a 240-mile section of the Appalachian
Trail, PATC now maintains trails in wooded urban areas, suburban
lands and county, state and national parks and forests. The club
has responsibility for approximately 1,000 miles of trails, 1,000
acres of land and nearly 60 shelters and cabins. The trail system
stretches over the four states of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland
and Pennsylvania and includes:
- 240 miles of the Appalachian Trail
(click here for a map)
- most of the trails in theShenandoan
- most of the trails in Rock Creek Park,
- the 18-mile Bull Run/Occoquan Trail in Fairfax
- the Potomac Heritage Trail from Washington,
D.C. to River Bend Park in Fairfax County.
The Club is additionally now embarked on restoring, securing
and maintaining the 260-mile Tuscarora
Trail which loops from the Appalachian Trail near Front Royal
Va. through West Virginia and reconnects with the Appalachian
Trail near Carlisle, Pa. This trail will be a vital link in the
Atlantic Crest Trail which is planned to reach from Alabama to
the Finger Lakes in New York State.
The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club welcomes all who would like
to join us in our work to secure and maintain for generations
to come the natural beauty of our lands. Work on trails, shelters,
and cabins is performed solely by volunteers.
PATC manages the efforts of over 600 volunteers performing this
work so the public may enjoy the many trails in the PATC region.
PATC's volunteer efforts in 2004 resulted in the contribution
of more than 83,000 hours of manpower to various federal, state,
and local government agencies.
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