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PATC North Chapter

Welcome to the North Chapter of the

Potomac Appalachian Trail Club

North Chapter

The PATC North Chapter maintain 70 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Harper's Ferry, WV to Pine Grove Furnace, Pennsylvania.   We also maintain the entirety of the 110 miles of the Tuscarora Trail north of Hancock, WV through to Big Blue Mountain in Pennsylvania. We also maintain about 62 miles of blue blazed side trails connecting to both the AT and TT.


In addition to trail maintenance, we sustain seven hiking shelters and four rental cabins along the AT and six shelters and two cabins along the Tuscarora. 


Our chapter is divided into two working sections -- the South Mountaineers (Maryland) and the Yankee Clippers (Pennsylvania) .   We are volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, cultures and skill sets.  

Maps for these trails can be purchased from the PATC at their online store.  Our AT trails and side trails are covered by maps 2 through 6.  Our TT trails and side trails are covered by maps J, K, L.

The North Chapter organized in 1985 as the 1st Regional Chapter of PATC.  It all started when a member of Keystone Trails Association suggested  "organizing the Pennsylvania section".    


The suggestion was related to corridor management, but it was interpreted as organizing a local section of the PATC for interested Pennsylvania members. There was considerable interest in having PATC activities closer to home for distant members & since the constitution and bylaws were worded loosely enough, it was decided that there was no reason geographic location could not be construed as a "special interest", which allowed for the establishment of regional chapters.


As a result, an interested group of fewer than 20 people, including Paula Strain, Dave Raphael, Ray Fadner, Charlie Irvin, the Plancks and Elizabeth Johnston (known to her friends as "the old gray-haired lady of Pennsylvania") met at the Iron Masters Hostel in Pine Grove Furnace on Nov. 23, 1985.


Why the North Chapter for a name? Even though almost all of our trail work was initially done in Pennsylvania, there have always been a lot of Marylanders and folks from Virginia and Delaware who considered it their chapter. The word North seemed more inclusive. One thing you could count on, if it happened north of the Mason Dixon Line, the North Chapter was involved. In March of 1998, the South Mountaineers, Maryland's PATC trail crew and its overseers, became a part of the North Chapter.


The North Chapter took over the maintenance of the Tuscarora Trail in April 1993. At that time, the trail was virtually grown shut in most places. By October 1994 the Tuscarora was again passable. In 1996, the Tuscarora Trail and the Big Blue Trail officially merged to become the unified Tuscarora Trail, a 252 mile trail which connects to the Appalachian Trail near the Matthews Arm Campground at Skyline Drive in the south and at Dean's Gap near Harrisburg in the north.

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Chapter Officers

Click here for Chapter Officers

Last Updated: 07/02/2024


Trail Updates

For trail updates for the Appalachian Trail, see the Trails Updates section at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Pennsylvania Work Trips

The Pennsylvania Section of the North Chapter (Yankee Clipper) usually schedules work trips twice monthly on the first and third Saturdays of the month.  The first Saturday of the month work is done on the AT and the third Saturday of the month work is done on the Tuscarora Trail.  To have your email added to the Yankee Clipper contact list for notification of work trips, send an email to

Yankee Clipper Work Trip on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania

A PATC Pennsylvania North Chapter work trip and supper are planned for Saturday, July 6 2024.


Date:  July 6, 2024

Time:  8:45 AM

Location:  Parking lot at US 30 & PA 233

GPS:  39.90676, -77.47821

Goals:  1. Vegetation cut back - access road to Toms Run Shelter

             2. Erosion control

             3. Blowdown removal - I'm expecting to hear reports due to recent storms

Tools:  Chainsaws, hand saws, loppers, fire rakes, mattocks, shovels, rock bars, brush cutters, weed wackers

Other:  Work gloves, sturdy shoes, helmet, hi-vis clothing, safety glasses, water, and lunch

Note:  Following the work trip, we'll head over to PATC Gypsy Spring Cabin (GPS 39.97881, -77.39772) for supper starting about 3:00 PM.

Note:  Following the work trip, we'll head over to PATC Gypsy Spring Cabin (GPS 39.97881, -77.39772) for supper starting about 3:00 PM.


Let us know your intentions on or before Wednesday, July 3, 2024, in which of the following you will be participating:

1. Work trip only.

2. Work trip and supper.

2. Supper only.


Be sure to reply to so we can contact you directly if plans change.  The work trip will be cancelled if the weather doesn't cooperate.



07.20.24 - Tuscarora Trail worktrip - Saturday

08.03.24 - AT work trip - Saturday - Charlie's Corn Roast


The wait is over!  The minutes from the May 4th North Chapter meeting are now available online.


2. scroll down to CHAPTER OFFICERS

3. under Minutes of Past Chapter Meetings

4. May 4, 2024


Thanks for volunteering!


Dave Trone

Pete Brown

Chris Firme

PATC District Managers for Pennsylvania

Yankee Clipper Work Trip on the Tuscarora Trail in Pennsylvania


PATC North Chapter Tuscarora Trail work trip planned for Saturday, 5/18/2024 is cancelled owing to inclement weather.  The next Tuscarora Trail work trip is planned for Saturday June 15.


Date:  6/15/2024

Time:  9:00 am

Location: TBD




The next AT work trip will be on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

The next midweek Tuscarora Trail worktrip will be on TBD

 The next Tuscarora Trail worktrip will be on Saturday, June 15, 2024.


Chris Firme

District Manager for Tuscarora Trail


If you prefer to not receive email notices about Pennsylvania worktrips, please let us know and your name will be removed from the address list for these events.


Hiking Links


Emergency - 911
Poison Control 800-222-1222
Mayo Clinic First Aid web page

State Police, Parks, Forests

Maryland State Police

   Barrack B Frederick - 814-600-4150

   Barrack O Hagerstown - 301-766-3800

Pennsylvania State Police

   Troop H Harrisburg 717-671-7500

   Troop G Hollidaysburg 814-696-6100

Maryland State Park Offices

  Greenbrier - 301-791-4767

  South Mountain - 301-791-4767

Pennsylvania State Park Offices

  Caladonia - 717-352-2161

  Colonel Denning - 717-776-5272

  Cowan's Gap - 717-485-3948

  Pine Grove Furnace - 717-486-7174

  Buchanan State Forest - 717-485-3148

  Michaux State Forest - 717-352-2211

  Tuscarora State Forest - 717-536-3191

Local Medical Facilities

Carlisle UPMC  - 717-249-1212

361 Alexander Spring Road

Carlisle, PA 17015


Chambersburg Wellspan Hospital - 717-267-3000

112 North 7th Street

Chambersburg, PA 17201

Frederick Medical Center

ER Facility Under Construction


Fulton Co. Medical Center - 717-485-3155

214 Peach Orchard Road

McConnellsburg, PA 17233


Gettysburg Wellspan Hospital - 717-334-2121

147 Getty's Street

Gettysburg, PA 17325

Hagerstown Meritus Health - 301-790-8000

11116 Medical Campus Road

Hagerstown, MD 21742


Waynesboro UPMC  - 570-723-7764

32 Central Avenue

Waynesboro, PA 17268


Pennsylvania GPS Coordinates for AT and Tuscarora

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