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We depend on Volunteers to support  everything we do.....1000+ miles of trails we maintain, 80+ cabins & shelters, maps & guidebooks, training classes, and the hiking  experiences we lead.  All volunteers are welcome of any age or backgrounds. No previous experience is necessary - just a desire to work hard & have a great time giving back to preserve our footpaths. Enthusiasm, good health, physical vigor, and adaptability are vital. Willingness to follow instructions and safety rules and to share equally in tasks are essential.    No matter your age or skill, your help is needed.

Volunteers Needed

Trail Maintenance
PATC sponsors a number of trail crews which are organized geographically within our territory.  If you are outside the DC area, many of the trails crews are also associated with one of our Chapters.   Basic trail work includes keeping the footpath clear by managing natural overgrowth, removing obstacles from the tread, controlling erosion, and ensuring that blazes and signage are clear and obvious.   Crews also tackle larger trail tasks like building or maintaining foot bridges, building and relocating sections of the footpath or caring for overnight sites.
Requirements:  No prior experience required; we will train on the job, just bring your enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:    Choose the best location for you & click on the Trail Crew to email the crew leader

Shenandoah North
Shenandoah Central
Shenandoah South
  Trail Crew
Yankee Clippers
South Mountaineers 
Blue and White Crew 
Flying McCleods   
Roaring Tuskers   
Acme Treadway Company
Great North Mountain
DC Metro
Potomac Heritage
Wolf Trap
Prince William Forest Park 
    Trail Crew
Stonewall Brigade

Rock Creek Filibusters   
Thursday Morning Group 
Wolf Trap Trail Performers
Manassas Bullrunners  
Spooky Beavers 
Cadillac Crew

You can also join one of our
Summer Work Crews, or view a list of our current vacancies.

New Boots

Volunteers Appointed in July

Wayne Chambers                                AT ~ Rte. 605 to Old Woods Road
Lynne Larabec                                     AT ~ Rte. 605 to Old Woods Road
Bret Hart                                              AT ~ Pocosin Fire Road to Dean Mt. Road
Eugene Locke                                     AT ~ Hairpin Switchback to Crimora Lake Overlook
Barry Brubaker                                    Tuscarora Trail ~ PA233 to Bill Miller Trail
Roy Unger                                           Dickey Ridge Trail ~ US 340 to MP 2.1
John Lord (Ian)                                    Eaton Hollow Trail

Volunteers Appointed in June


Larry Linebrink    Co~Overseer           Pinefield Hut

Robert & Jodi Davis                            AT ~ Mount Marshall Saddle to Gravel Springs Gap
Mike Gergely                                       Pole Bridge Link Trail
Melanie Perl                                        Trayfoot Mtn Trail [upper]
Larry Linebrink                                    Pinefield Hut Access Trail
David Tolerton                                     South Valley Trail- Oak Ridge Trail to Mawavi Rd

Volunteers Appointed in May

Rob Nelson                                         AT ~ Buzzard Rocks to south Blackburn Trail
Michael Leahy                                     Tuscarora ~ PA 74 to McClures Gap
Carrie Copson                                     Co~Laurel Prong Trail
Dave Tolerton                                     NY Monument Trail & 2nd Manassas [Chinn to VC sec.] Trail
Brian Ewell                                          2nd Manassas [north sec.] Trail
Bruce Crandlemire                              2nd Manassas [west sec.] Trail
Rob Dotson                                         Chopawamsic Trail
Robert Ghisolfi                                    South Valley Trail ~ Scenic Dr (3rd Intersection) to North Orenda Rd
Leif Wilkenin                                        South Valley Trail ~ Mawavi Road to High Meadows Trail


Hike Leaders
Trail Patrol offers a hike leader class for hikers who are learning new skills as well as formal hike leaders of outing groups who are updating their group leadership skills. The course provides essential skills for leading safe, environmentally responsible, and enjoyable hikes. We cover how to handle backcountry medical emergencies, leadership development, trip planning, standard procedures, emergency procedures, gear and clothing, map reading and navigation, and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. The training includes lectures with hands-on applications and trail-based scenarios. The course is open to all levels, from novice to experienced hikers.

Requirements:     Attend Hike Leadership class, fee may be required
To Volunteer:       Register for Hike Leadership at Our Calendar
                              or contact the Hike Leader Chair  

Trail Patrol
Trail Patrol volunteers hike in the Maryland, Virginia, southern Pennsylvania, eastern West Virginia, and D.C. region offering assistance and information to hikers and backpackers, helping  fellow hikers understand how to enjoy the outdoors in a safe and responsible manner.   Additionally, they report trail conditions to the volunteer Trail Crews who maintain the region’s trails.

Attend the Trail Patrol training class
Trail Patrol Web Site and Class Information:  Click Here
To Volunteer:     Send an email to the Trail Patrol training leader   

Cabin & Shelter Maintenance
The 80+ cabins & shelters which PATC maintains in the Mid-Atlantic area require regular maintenance & upkeep.   Each cabin or shelter has an Overseer who provides direct support, however for larger jobs, more hads are needed.   The Cabin and Shelter Crews work with the Overseer on larger projects including renovation and major rehabilitation.  

  No training required....just enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:   Cabins: Visit our Cabin Construction and Maintenance page or email the Cabin Crews Coordinator. Shelters: email the Shelter Maintenance Coordinator to connect with volunteer projects in your area

Youth & Scout Experiences
There are always projects and/or activities underway involving youth or Scout experiences in nature.   

Requirements:  No training required....just enthusiasm & desire to give-back 
To Volunteer:   Email the Youth/Scout Experience Chair
More Opportunities
They are many more opportunities to Volunteer .....some requiring experience with PATC like phone answering at PATC HQ office in Vienna, VA or publishing guidebooks, the newsletter or maps and many more.   Since this is a 100% volunteer organization, we also need & appreciate good volunteers.   See even more opportunities and contacts.