The Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club

Who We Are 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. 

Club sponsored activities over the year include numerous opportunities for members and their guests to:

  • repair, maintain and relocate sections of the Club's 19.1 miles of the Appalachian Trail
  • monitor plant and animal life along the trail corridor
  • hike and backpack on the AT and other trails in Virginia, other states, and, occasionally, other countries
  • canoe or kayak on Virginia's rivers
  • ski (downhill and cross country)
  • join with others on historic or cultural theme hikes
  • participate in group and family camping trips
  • socialize and network with members of our club and other ATC-affiliated clubs and organizations

Our Trails
ODATC maintains a number of trails on the Blue Ridge (see Stewardship).  Click here to download a map of those trails and access points, and click here to download an aerial view (Save Target).  Click here for a Google Earth picture of our trails with access points.


Weather Near Our Section of the AT

MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Wilderness Medical School
MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Wilderness Medical School is being offered in Virginia in numerous areas in the coming months. This course is a Disaster + Wilderness First Aid certification course for adults, and focused youths ages 12+. It is a hands-on course that will teach you how to care for an injured / ill person during the critical minutes or hours before ambulance / hospital arrival. A blend of classroom instruction and hands-on rescue scenario practice is offered.  This course is approved by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Girl Scouts of the USA, American Camping Association (ACA), University of Virginia.  Click here to view the email announcement and here to view the flyer.  Click here to register for the course.

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Rockfish to Reeds Gap Trail Maintenance Blog

If you are interested in more information regarding ODATC trail maintenance efforts, please view our blog at:

Hike Selection List Now Available
Hike Leaders wishing to consider a new list of potential club hikes are invited to view the new list under the "Member-Only" section of the website or click here.  The list can also be downloaded for local handling.

May 20th (Tuesday, 6:30PM) ODATC Club Night. 
ODATC potluck and member slide show. ODATC Club Night is a chance for you to be the star of the evening as well as time to share some good food with your fellow hikers. Bring your favorite covered dish and be prepared to travel the world with your fellow club members. Members are encouraged to submit up to 5 photos of your favorite trip or club related activity to: odatc.programs@gmail.com by May 6. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. so plan to arrive early to socialize. We’d also encourage you to bring a canned good to donate to the church’s food bank. The meeting will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church (2315 N. Parham Rd)

Preventing Tick-Borne Diseases in Virginia
Spring and summer bring warm temperatures, just right for walking in the woods and other outdoor activities. Warm weather also means that ticks become more active and this can increase the risk of a tick-borne disease. The tick-borne diseases that occur most often in Virginia are Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and ehrlichiosis.  Please refer to this brochure and flyer for additional information.
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