Mission: The potomac appalachian trail club (the club), through volunteer efforts, education and advocacy, acquires, maintains and protects the trail and lands of the appalachian trail and other trails and related facilities in the mid-atlantic region for the enjoyment of present and future hikers.
Programs: Cabin services: purchase, lease or manage cabins that protect the integrity and/or viewshed of pertinent trail lands; provide necessary maintenance and oversight of all cabins; rent cabins at affordable rates for members and general public for their enjoyment of the outdoors.
trail maintenance: provide erosion control, vegetation removal and overall maintenance of trails and foot bridges to provide hikers with a pleasant and safe experience, including 240 miles of the appalachian trail and 700 miles of side trails.
member and communication services: patc currently has more than 7,500 members of whom more than 10 percent volunteer their time in service to the club, including trail maintenance and monitoring, education, cabin construction and/or maintenance, leave no trace ethics, headquarters administration, etc. All members receive a monthly newsletter, the potomac appalachian, monthly email updates, use of member-only cabins, and discounts on patc merchandise.
My only experience was excellent! I rented a primative cabin in the George Washington National Forest. I went by myself, hiking the 3 miles in December and enjoying the cabin. It was a great trip! I wanted to thank the organization for keeping the 100 year old cabin in good shape, maintaining the cabin, tools, and privy, and for the clear instructions and well organized system. I plan to go to another cabin for a March hike. I highly recommend it.
This amazing organization built a 240-mile stretch of the famed Appalachian Trail in the 1920s, and 90 years later, it is still the caretaker for that stretch and hundreds of more miles of trail in the mid-Atlantic region. PATC is notable for its maps and guidebooks, its trailside cabin rentals, and its high-energy volunteer crews that do maintenance work to keep trails in great shape year in and year out. If you love the outdoors, this is a terrific group to join and support.
The PATC is labeled a "non-profit" but they are a business. They are about acquiring wealth and real estate and prospering on the backs of free labor through their so called "volunteers". Avoid this group!