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The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

Our Mission
The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, through volunteer efforts, education and advocacy, maintains and protects the Appalachian Trail, Tuscarora 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 hikers. 

Our Vision
PATC is a leader in providing a dynamic outdoor experience for a diverse community of trail users and creating opportunities for all people to contribute to sustaining the outdoor environment through volunteer engagement and nature appreciation. 

Our Team

PATC is a 501c3 non-profit run by a Council of volunteers from within our 7000+  members that support us through membership or donations.  In any given year around 2,000 people volunteer for PATC activities….doing work on trails, build cabins, repair shelters, write guide books, make maps, staff our volunteer desks, lead hikes, write computer programs, edit the newsletter, do legal work, and a wide variety of other tasks. We have just about any activity that could occur in a town of 7,000 people.   As a non-profit, PATC is operated almost 100% by volunteers with a small staff of full & part-time employees.

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