PATC North Chapter
Welcome to the North Chapter of the
Potomac Appalachian Trail Club
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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Minutes of Past Chapter Meetings
Last Updated: 2/26/2024
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Yankee Clipper Work Trip on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania
This worktrip is cancelled due to impending rain. If you stated you would be participating on this worktrip, please reply to this email (email@example.com) so we know you are aware of this cancellation announcement.
Date: March, 2024
Time: 8:45 AM
Location: Parking lot at US 30 & PA 233
GPS: 39.90676, -77.47821
Goals: 1. Sunset Rocks Trail - blowdown removal, trimming
2. Rocky Knob Trail - blowdown removal
3. Rock work - south of PA 16
4. AT (PA 233 to US 30) - blowdown removal, trimmimg
Tools: Chainsaws, hand saws, loppers, fire rakes, mattocks, shovels, rock bars
Other: Work gloves, sturdy shoes, helmet, hi-vis clothing, safety glasses, water, and lunch.
Let me know your intentions on or before Wednesday, January 31, 2024. Which of the following will you be participating in?
1. Worktrip only.
2. Worktrip and dinner.
2. Dinner only.
Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org The worktrip will be cancelled if the weather doesn't cooperate.
03.16.24 - Tuscarora Trail worktrip - Saturday
04.06.24 - AT worktrip - Saturday
Important GPS coordinates for the AT and Tuscarora Trail in the North Chapter area can be found here:
Pennsylvania GPS Coordinates for AT and Tuscarora
Thanks for volunteering!
PATC District Managers for Pennsylvania
Yankee Clipper Work Trip on the Tuscarora Trail in Pennsylvania
PATC North Chapter Tuscarora Trail work trip is scheduled for Saturday, 2/17/2024. We will be meeting at Cowans Gap State Park in the parking lot at 9:00 am. We will be doing the section from Big Mountain the overlook, back to the state park. If in event of inclement weather notice will be sent out saying it has been canceled.
TRIP CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER as of 2/15/2024
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Cowans Gap State Park. Parking lot across from the intersection of Aughwick Rd and Richmond Rd.
Address:. 6235 Aughwick Rd.
Goals: Blowdown removal, vegetation lopping, blazing
Tools Needed: chainsaw sawyers, loopers
It's highly recommended that you bring the following: work gloves, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, bug repellent, safety glasses, plenty of water, and lunch.
BE SURE TO REPLY SO WE CAN CONTACT YOU DIRECTLY IF PLANS CHANGE. Reply to email@example.com The worktrip will be cancelled if the weather doesn't cooperate.
The next AT work trip will be on Saturday, March 2, 2024
The next midweek Tuscarora Trail worktrip will be on Thursday, March 7, 2024
The next Tuscarora Trail worktrip will be on Saturday, March 16, 2024
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.
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Poison Control 800-222-1222
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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