An Exemplar of Public Service

Who Are We?

South District Trail Maintainers!
We are the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club who volunteer our efforts to the Park and to hikers in the South District.

We are the members of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club who maintain 45 miles of the Appalachian Trail, along with many miles of blue-blazed side trails and four trail huts in the South District of Shenandoah National Park.

Trails in this District offer a much more remote experience than in the North and Central districts of the Park. This is true, despite the presence of Skyline Drive and facilities such as at Loft Mountain and Dundo Picnic Grounds. For example, there is proportionately more federally designated wilderness here than in the SNP North and Central districts.

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PATC has restricted its activities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PATC headquarters is closed. PATC employees are teleworking when they can. The club will generally not hold sponsored group activities. Cabins are now closed. The trails are open (but some have become quite busy). The club announced the measures in the Guidance issued March 16 (as updated).

Details are in the guidance. Highlights are:

  • Work trips will cease except for small groups in low risk situations.
  • Hikes will be limited to small groups where special precautions are taken.
  • The cabins are now closed. See the cabins website.
  • Headquarters, including the cabins desk, the store, and information desk are closed.
  • Blackburn and Bears Den are closed. More information.
  • PATC will not participate in outreach activities.
  • Meetings such as Council and ExCom will occur through teleconference or similar means.

Be sure to consult the full guidance for important details.