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The PA section is restarting organized work trips on April 3.  The following rules must be follower for maintainers in organized work trip until further notice:

1. If you feel unwell, stay home and we hope to see you on the next worktrip.
2. PATC and ATC are requiring some video training.  Each person must visit the ATC website (Homepage) to sign the acknowledgement that they have reviewed the guidelines and watched the video.  Once is enough so no need to revisit.  Follow this link: Volunteer Protocols During COVID-19 then scroll down and watch the embedded Video referenced above.  Please sign the acknowledgement after the video.  This is required viewing if you want to volunteer on the AT.
3. No carpooling.
4. No sharing of food or drink.
5. No sharing of tools.
6. Workers are encouraged to bring their own tools and PPE.
7. Groups will be limited to a maximum of 6 persons.
8. Efforts will be made to keep workers, who live under the same roof, together.
9. Mask wearing is encouraged.
10. Bring hand sanitizer.

The PA section is planning an AT work trip on May 1.

We’ll meet at Caledonia State Park at the parking lot at the intersection of route 233 and US30 at 8:45am so we can organize and be ready to leave by 9am.

Work on the trail between the Toms Run shelter and Michaux Road is planned as well as cleanup of the debris around the hammock hangout that was crushed a couple of years ago.   In addition the trail to the Birch Run shelter will be opened enough for a truck to drive down with a generator so some work can be done there.

Useful tools will be mattocks, shovels, folding saws, and loppers.  Certified sawyers should bring chainsaws.


Please notify if you plan to attend.


The next Tuscarora Trail work trip will be on Saturday, May 15, depending upon the weather. 

The next AT work trip will be on Saturday, June 5.

The PA section is planning a Tuscarora Trail work trip on April 17 as follows:

Date:  April 7, 2021
Meet:   We'll meet at 8:30am at a parking lot on the Elk Hill Road that's just off route 233.  On route 233 this is 8.2 miles north of Newville or 0.7 miles south of the entrance to Colonel Denning State Park.
GPS:   40°16'27.2"N 77°25'40.2"W or 40.274218, -77.427828 (depending upon the format your GPS is using.)
When:  8:35 AM arrival with 9:00 AM start work
Tasks:  Logs piled up on the trail southbound from Colonel Denning State Park need to be moved.

Depending upon the number of people who come on the trip we may continue southbound partway through that section.  We might also clear some blowdowns on a section north of there.

Tools:  Certified sawyers, folding saws, mattocks, shovels, loppers, etc.  Be sure to bring gloves.

Please notify if you plan to attend.

The PA section is planning an AT work trip on April 3 as follows:

Date:  April 3, 2021
Meet:  Caledonia State Park parking lot at the intersection of US 30 and PA 233
GPS:  39.90676 N, 77.47821 W
When:  8:45 AM arrival with 9:00 AM start work
Tasks:  Blowdown removal, water erosion work, shelter work
Tools:  Certified sawyers, mattocks, shovels, loppers, etc.

Please notify if you plan to attend.
PATC Women's Winter Hiking Club

 The PATC Outreach Supervisor is working to establish a new PATC Women's Winter Hiking Club.  The club envisions two meetings per month, one will be Zoom meeting to discuss hiking related topics (example Hiking 101) and the 2nd would be a winter hike.  

Anyone interested in joining the club should email  Kristine at  Also Kristine invites anyone who is interested in helping to organize topics, hikes, and meeting to email her.  Kristine would like to get the club active by December.

Note - You do not need to be a member to join this club but I do have hopes that those who are not members, would fall in love with the PATC and join!

Hope everyone has a great day and see you out on the trail!

Sup. of Outreach PATC