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Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

4 January 2021

We pre-recorded today’s conversation via Zoom with Kristine Villatoro, Supervisor of Outreach for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) and the President of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the PATC.

Kristine explained the work her organization does, it’s long history and even told us how the Appalachian Trail began one hundred years ago.

The Potomac Appalachian Trail Club is a 100% Volunteer-Supported 501c3 non-profit formed in 1927 for the purpose of building and maintaining the Appalachian Trail (AT), a 2190-mile footpath from Maine to Georgia, the longest hiking-only trail in the world.   It was the first club of the now 31 clubs who preserve the AT & its side-trails from Maine to Georgia – Trail Guardians for over 1000 miles of trails in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia & Virginia, including 240 miles of AT.  Their territory begins in Central Pennsylvania at Pine Grove Furnace, continues thru Maryland & West Virginia to Harpers Ferry and extends into the mid-point of Virginia, including the Shenandoah National Park.  In addition, they maintain other regional trails, for a total of over 1,000 miles of trails, thousands of acres of land and more than 80 shelters and cabins.

For more information about joining their organization or their efforts, visit their website: https://www.patc.net/ and follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PotomacAppalachianTrailClub

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

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