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
*June 12 - September 1 Student Conservation Association Summer Trail Crew - Web Link
*2022-2023 General Meeting Schedule has been updated - Link to page
*Wednesday Hike Guidelines have been posted - Link to page (members only)
*Important Announcement regarding online membership dues payment appears below.
THE ODATC EXPERIENCE - CURRENT ISSUES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Spotted Lanternfly Egg Mass Scouting – DIY!
How to identify SLF egg masses:
Taken from Virginia Department of Forestry, By Lori Chamberlin, VDOF Forest Health Manager
FALL LINE TRAIL UPDATE
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
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.
ATC Trailway News Now AvailableIf you would like to look at the Conservancy's latest Trailway Newsletter, please click here.
Student Conservation Association Summer Trail Crew Opportunity
A stipend will be paid to support each crew member; training, meals, and campsites are provided. The minimum age is 18, and work dates are 6/12/23-9/1/23.
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.
Appalachian Trail Vista Event
August 4-7, 2023
Wild & Free in Tennessee
The Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association and Visit Johnson City
The A.T. Vista is the rebranded ATC Biennial program, somewhat streamlined but keeping most of the exciting activities. It's been since the summer of 2017 that we’ve been able to gather, spend time on the trail, learn, and socialize. This inaugural A.T. Vista program is being planned to carry on the great camaraderie of kindred spirits that cherish the Appalachian Trail and being outdoors.
Come to Tennessee!
Mark your calendars for
August 4-7, 2023
Affordable on-campus rooms and delicious and healthy buffet meals will be available onsite. The local Johnson City area offers lots of wonderful dining opportunities including a variety of vegetarian and ethnic options, as well as excellent local breweries. If you opt to reside on campus in the dormitory system, you can arrive as early as Thursday evening and stay through Tuesday morning, as program activities begin on Friday, August 4 and extend through Monday, August 7.
Nearby vacation homes, hotels, campgrounds, and RV and camping will also be available.
Programming includes over 40 hikes, of which many will be on the Appalachian Trail, and the remainder using many of the hiking areas that are within an hour’s drive from the Johnson City area. There are nearly 35 workshops expected, and over ten exciting excursions. Evening entertainment includes concerts and opportunities to meet other attendees. An opening session and reception are scheduled for Friday night, August 4.
Early Registration for the inaugural A.T. Vista program will open in January and regular registration will open in May. Visit www.atvista2023.org for the details.
Access to certain activities will have limited spaces, so register early to join the fun!
Elected Board Members for 2023
President: Pat Doyle
Photo of 2023 Board link