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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: 

*2022-2023 General Meeting Schedule has been updated  - Link to page 

*Wednesday Hike Guidelines have been posted - Link to page (members only) 

*The 2022 Virginia Outdoor Survey is available until August 15 - Link to Survey 

*Important Announcement regarding online membership dues payment appears below.


The 2022 Virginia Outdoor Survey is Open Until August 15

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is pleased to launch the 2022 Virginia Outdoors Survey — a chance for you to tell us what you like to do outside. 

Your answers to this brief survey will help us ensure that you’ll have what you need to enjoy Virginia’s amazing outdoor spaces. 

Findings from the survey will help shape DCR’s 2023 Virginia Outdoors Plan, a blueprint for the state’s future outdoor recreation programing and infrastructure.

Please click here to begin the survey

Get your survey link by text! Text “@vos2022” to 833-373-0395

Please feel free to share this survey invitation with your friends! Please note that survey responses must be received by August 15.

ATC Trailway News Now Available

If you would like to look at the Conservancy's latest Trailway Newsletter, please click here.

Change in Payment of Membership Dues

For members who have been making their annual membership fee payment using PayPal, please note that there has been a change in the way payments will be handled on the ODATC website.

Prior to this change, members would elect to pay with PayPal and be redirected to a PayPal site. 

We will no longer be using PayPal to make payments.  Instead, we will be using the website’s hosting company’s automated payment system. 

At our last board meeting it was decided to make this change so that we could save the club an additional two hundred dollars a year.  This is the amount Wild Apricot charges us for not using their system.   

Treasurer Bill Beck made the necessary changes, and has tested it out. 

What you will notice when your pay your dues is that you will be asked to enter your credit card information - just like any other online purchase.   There will be no option for PayPal. 

If you are accustomed to making your payments by sending a personal check to ODATC, please continue doing so.  This change only relates to those members who have been making their payments via PayPal.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Leonard Adkins Receives Award for His Latest Book

ODATC member Leonard Adkins's book All About the Appalachian Trail was recently named a Silver Award Winner in the 33rd annual Independent Book Publishers
Association Benjamin Franklin Award category of Young Reader Nonfiction.

Please click here if you would like to read the full article.

If you're interested in procuring a copy of Leonard's book, please click here for the information that originally appeared on our site.

Popularity A Mixed Blessing As Hikers Visit Appalachian Trail in Record Numbers

NPR  Article by Adiah Gholston

Escapism has brought people to the Appalachian Trail for years, and over this past, pandemic-ridden year, more people than normal found themselves on the trail for that very reason. But that influx of people brings other issues - like littering - which is straining both the trail systems and the volunteers and professionals who maintain them.

To continue reading the remainder of this article, click here. 

Elected Board Members for 2022

President:  Pat Doyle

Vice-President: Theresa Duffey 

Secretary: Mary Slaughter

Treasurer:  Bill Beck

Programs: Janet Darden

Land Management:  Karl Huber  

Membership:  John Spindler     

Trail Maintenance:  Dave Wilcox and Craig Hardy will be co - Trail Maintenance supervisors

Outreach:  Open    

Webmaster:  Evan Garrison 

Activities:  Art Ritter

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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