South Central Pennsylvania - North Central Maryland


HUNTING SEASON INFORMATION:      Maryland       Pennsylvania      Appalachian Trail Hunting Info

Tom Lupp rests at a vista in Pennsylvania during his field work for the Tuscarora Trail guidebook. Click on the picture for more Pennsylvania photos.


The South Mountaineers grapple with "The Rock" on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. Click on the picture for more Maryland photos.

The North Chapter of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club consists largely of PATC members in central and north central Maryland and in south central Pennsylvania. In Maryland, our trail overseers maintain 31 miles of the Appalachian Trail (the "AT") starting at the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, WV. They also maintain 14 miles of AT side trails and the 26 mile long Catoctin trail. Our South Mountaineers trail crew conducts monthly trail work trips on the Maryland trails. In Pennsylvania, our trail overseers maintain 39 miles of the AT and 22 miles of its side trails from Pen Mar Park at the Maryland - Pennsylvania state line to Pine Grove Furnace State Park. In addition, they maintain the 110 mile northern section of the Tuscarora Trail, which runs from Hancock, MD to near Harrisburg, PA, passing through 3 state parks and 2 state forests. Our Yankee Clippers trail crew conducts monthly trail work trips on the Pennsylvania trails.

PATC publishes excellent maps for all of these trails. PATC also publishes guidebooks for the AT in Maryland and for the entire Tuscarora Trail. The Keystone Trails Association publishes a guidebook for the AT in Pennsylvania. PATC maps, guidebooks, and other products can be purchased from PATC's online store.

Membership in a PATC chapter is a good way to get to know the people in your local area that are interested in hiking and similar outdoor activities. The North Chapter has its own organized year-round monthly day hikes and trail work trips, which often include community meals and overnight stays in the club's southern Pennsylvania cabins. It is not necessary to be experienced in trail work to participate in our work trips as we offer "on-the-job" training. Families as well as individuals of all ages and experience levels are welcome to participate in our hikes and trail work trips. We also conduct occasional backpacking trips.While membership in PATC is not required of North Chapter members, there are a number of benefits of belonging to the club.

The North Chapter publishes a quarterly newsletter which discusses trail related activities in our area and includes our schedule of work trips and hikes. You can download an Adobe Acrobat version of the newsletter below. Although there is no membership fee to belong to the North Chapter, members are expected to participate in chapter activities at least once a year to stay on the newsletter mailing list. To be added to the newsletter mailing list or to receive an information packet on PATC, contact Pete Brown, North Chapter president via e-mail or phone (410-343-1140). If you send e-mail, please be sure to include the following information:

    • - That you saw our Web page
    • - Whether you are a PATC member or not
    • - Your postal address if you would like a copy of our latest newsletter or information on PATC

While you're here, you may want to check out some of the other sites related to the neighboring Appalachian Trail in Maryland and Pennsylvania

or another site with lots of information on the Appalachian Trail

or some local area recreation opportunities.

or some of our other favorite sites

Please feel free to download our chapter newsletter, which is in Adobe Acrobat format. You can download a free copy of the latest version of Acrobat Reader (if you don't already have it) by clicking on the button below.

2006-Early 2007 Newsletter


Upcoming North Chapter Work Trips , Hikes & Trail Related Events

            Pennsylvania Work Trip Photos                 Maryland Work Trip Photos

Spring and Other Drinking Water Sources and Conditions in Md. and Pa.

Campfire Restrictions in the Michaux Forest

A Brief History of the North Chapter