District Blog

A Fine Backcountry Day!

SNP South District PATC district managers conducted the district Trails Management Workshop within the 200-acre Firestone Tract owned by PATC on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Hut Use and Abuse

Let No One Say This, and Say It To Your Shame, That All Was Beauty Here Before You Came.

The admonition from my circa-1965 Boy Scout Handbook rings as true today to me as it did when I was a Boy Scout in the days before Leave No Trace was a program.

We Are Not a Hiking Club

We are the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club working in the South District of Shenandoah National Park. Working is the operative descriptor; all 42 of us work maintaining the Appalachian Trail in this district.

A Dream Fulfilled

Legacy Preserved — On Little Calf Mountain!

Trail Maintenance—One Waterbar at a Time

Yes, it was That Time again in the South District! Time, that is for our annual Trails Management Workshop.

Trail To Every Classroom

Leads to Calf Mountain!

Saturday, November 19, 2011 was a service-learning day for students from Riverheads High School and work trip for the Flying McLeods.

Big Flat Mountain Redux

A long-term A.T. overseer recently wrote and suggested the location of the former Big Flat Shelter. Big Flat Shelter? What was that?

Whoop Ti-Ay!

New South District Tools Cache Opens

Take Note—All who maintain the Appalachian Trail and Blue-Blazed side trails in the South District of Shenandoah National Park!

New—and Old—Stuff

For most, a new year begins on January 1st. Not so for trail people! Our new year begins with each new spring season—which marks the time we can get back to our favorite avocation…

The Law & Bear Den Mountain

It was a beautiful early spring Saturday for a joint trail maintenance project between the PATC Charlottesville and Southern Shenandoah Valley chapters along with the Virginia Environmental Law Forum at the University of Virginia Law School.

’Tis The Gift

Most of us know the Shaker song, “Simple Gifts.” The lyrics came into what passes for my mind as I began to write about the work done by so many people to relocate the Appalachian Trail on Little Calf Mountain.

Cavaliers on The Appalachian Trail

The calendar said “Spring.” The wind and freezing temperatures said, “Not yet!” Despite these conditions, seven hardy souls showed up at Albemarle High School to assist A.T. overseers Lindsay Brown and Andy Willgruber.

Priority 1 = Clearing Trail

Trail maintenance has many facets but only one priority: Keeping the trail clear for hikers.

Clearing Little Calf Mountain Summit

The summit of Little Calf Mountain is clear, making it a great place from which to admire spectacular scenery. How is it kept that way?

The Virtues of Trail Maintenance

A Slacker’s New Appreciation

Contributed by Ms. Briana Taylor

I have to admit I went grudgingly into this hike (the dutiful fiancé supporting her first trail maintenance hike out of a sense of loyalty to her better half (hey—I thought this was a hiking club!).

SNP Rock Outcrop Management Plan

On October 1, 2007, a Rock Outcrop Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for Shenandoah National Park was released for public review.