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The Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club

The Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club (ODATC) is an organization of individuals and trail-related organizations who meet to recreate in the outdoors in various ways as well as act as stewards of a portion of the Appalachian Trail and the public lands it runs through.  Our recreational  endeavors focus on hiking in Virginia but includes biking, paddling and touring as well.   While the majority of our events occur in Virginia our only true limits are what members wish to limit themselves to. Learn more              

News Flash:


* Outdoor Membership Meeting Sunday September 20th.  Details below.   

* Disaster + Wilderness  Medical School 

   Online Course is Available.  

* See the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's latest stance on hiking the AT

* Leonard Adkins has a new book out for young readers (and adult readers as well!)


Upcoming events


A New Book by 

Leonard Adkins

Is Now Available

Fellow ODATC member Leonard Adkins has a new book out for young readers, ages 9-13.  Entitled All About the Appalachian Trail, the book  is the very first one written for readers in grades 4 through 8 that provides a complete overview of the world's most famous hiking trail.

Leonard will donate a portion of the proceeds from each book sale to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

If your interested in learning more about the book or how to get a copy, please click here.

A New Message

From The President

As Of June 2020

 This is a new update based on the recent June ODATC board meeting call:

 Day Hikes Can Start Again

Hike leaders please consider leading some hikes this summer. The club is now developing safety guidelines so please review them before leading any hikes. Hopefully the ODATC website will soon include this information.   

Status of Starting Maintenance on the Appalachian Trail

While the Appalachian Trail is officially open, club sponsored maintenance trips are not allowed. Mark Heede and others are hard at work to get the club in compliance to begin maintenance work. Trail maintainers will soon be hearing from Mark on when trail maintenance activities on the AT can begin. 

Bert Norfleet

President of the ODATC

Remembering Hank Harman

Henry V. Hank” Harman died on April 19, 2020 in Hyattsville, MD at the age of 94.  He died peacefully in his sleep, no doubt dreaming of his beloved Appalachian Trail.  Throughout his career as minister, anti-poverty program director, and public administrator, he always made time for hiking.  To continuing the full obituary, please click here.

Please stay off the Appalachian Trail

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for A.T. Day & Overnight Hikers

While the Appalachian Trail Conservancy continues to recommend staying away from the Appalachian Trail, they understand that many individuals are considering hikes on the A.T. as their states' stay-at-home orders expire or shift to "safer at home" recommendations.  In recognition of this highly dynamic situation, the Conservancy believes the scientific information has become clearer on how we can keep ourselves  and those around us safe from COVID-19.  Based on that science, the Conservancy is offering guidance that can be seen at their website.  Please click here to follow the link to this information. 

    Dominion Cancels Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    By MICHAEL MARTZ Richmond Times-Dispatch

    The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is dead. Abandoned by Dominion Energy and its partner, Duke Energy, the $8 billion project has reached a regulatory dead end.

    The decision, announced Sunday, ends a six-year effort to build the 42-inch-wide natural gas pipeline through the heart of Virginia to connect gas shale fields in West Virginia with markets in southeastern Virginia and eastern North Carolina.

    Click here to read the full article.

    ATC Announces Voluntary Stewardship Agreement

         The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), The Conservation Fund, and Mountain Valley Pipeline, LLC (MVP), announced a voluntary stewardship agreement that will advance the Conservancy’s mission to manage, protect and advocate for the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. As part of the agreement, MVP has committed up to $19.5 million for use by the ATC to conserve land along the Trail corridor and support outdoor recreation-based economies in southeastern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia. Through this agreement, the ATC and its partners will be able to enhance the A.T. hiking experience, protect thousands of acres of high-priority land, and provide support to local recreation-based economies in the region. Please click here to see the full news release.

    ODATC Looking

    for Sawyer Volunteers

    Trail maintenance is a vital component of the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club’s activities. There is an opportunity for volunteers to seek Chainsaw Certification on April 25th-26th at Mount Rogers National Recreational Area. If you are interested in becoming an AT Sawyer now or in the future, please contact Trail Maintenance Supervisor, Amanda Noe at odatc.trailmaint@gmail.com. 

    Online Course 

    Distaster + Wilderness

    Medical Training 


    Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid (dtWFA) certification course now with online learning is one of Medic Solo's most in-depth, intellectually-stimulating, hand-on 2-day first aid courses, empowering graduates with care-giving Competence and Confidence to save life and limb during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance/hospital arrival.

    They have launched a "Blended Learning" (ONLINE now, plus 3-year credit for in-person later) dtWFA course experience, in support of reducing demand on hospitals and "flattening the curve." Anyone interested can Register here.

    The ODATC Mission

    Constructing and maintaining foot trails for hikers on the Appalachian Trail between Reeds Gap and Rockfish Gap. 

    Monitoring and maintaining the borders of National Park Service lands.

    Providing excursions on these trails and other areas. 

    Offering educational activities related to the need for preserving the great outdoors. 

    Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club (c). 
    P.O. Box 25283 
    Richmond, VA 23260-5283
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