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

2014 Banff Film Festival Sold Out!
Unfortunately, we were notified on Jan 22 that the 2014 Banff Film Festival is now sold out for both the nights of Friday, Mar 7 and Saturday, Mar 8.  Tickets may still be available from Craig's List.  Anyone in the club wanting to sell tickets that were purchased but can no longer be used can make them available on the club blog here.

Vicarious Travelers Series 2014
There will be a series of classes and panel discussions collectively entitled "Best Kept Secrets: Outdoor Adventure Close to Home" sponsored by the Friends of the HI-Richmond Hostel Project and Richmond Public Library.  These offerings will take place on Saturday afternoons in February and early March from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library at 101 East Franklin Street.  Refer here for additional information.

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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Upcoming events

16 Apr 2014 9:50 AM • RVA
17 Apr 2014 7:30 AM • Shenandoah National Park
19 Apr 2014 • AT section

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.

Henrico Recreation and Parks 2014 Adventure Series
Suffering from cabin fever? Join Henrico Recreation and Parks for this series of slide presentations celebrating the great outdoors! Speakers will present their own experiences across America and around the world. The series concludes with some spectacular short films on mountain culture! Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information is available here, by calling 501-5147, or by email.

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)
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