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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Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive are closed.

The National Park Service (NPS) received a letter from the Rappahannock Rapidan Health District of the Virginia Department of Health recommending the full closure of Shenandoah National Park. Upon receiving this request from the health department, Superintendent Jennifer Flynn, with the support of the NPS Deputy Director, Operations, David Vela and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, made the decision to immediately close the park until further notice.

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).