The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
, or (PATC)
, is a volunteer organization that works to maintain hiking trails
in the Washington D.C. area
. Originally founded in 1927 to protect and develop the local section of the then new Appalachian Trail
, PATC has since expanded its mission to oversee over of trails, 34 shelters and 33 cabins in Virginia
, West Virginia
, and Washington, D.C.
. PATC currently has a 6,500 person membership, and relies almost exclusively on volunteer labor to pursue its mission.
PATC maintains of the Appalachian Trail, allocated to PATC by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
, which manages all day-to-day trail and land management activities under agreement with the National Park Service
. PATC's area of responsibility begins at the southern end of Shenandoah National Park
in Virginia and reaches north to Pine Grove Furnace in Pennsylvania. General trail maintenance is the responsibility of volunteer trail overseers, while trail construction and repair from serious damage, as well as larger projects, are managed by volunteer work crews, such as the
In addition to the Appalachian Trail responsibilities, PATC also maintains several hundred miles of trails in Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. These trails are found in state and national parks, national forests, and occasionally through land held by municipalities, private owners, or the club itself. One... Read More