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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:


1.  Important information appears below for current sawyers and members wanting to become sawyers.  

2.  Members interested in applying for the 2020 Wilderness Skills Institute should read the article appearing below.  


 

THE ODATC EXPERIENCE - CURRENT ISSUES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


ODATC Looking

for Sawyer Volunteers


Trail maintenance is a vital component of the Old Dominion Appalachian Trail Club’s activities. There is an opportunity for volunteers to seek Chainsaw Certification on April 25th-26th at Mount Rogers National Recreational Area. If you are interested in becoming an AT Sawyer now or in the future, please contact Trail Maintenance Supervisor, Amanda Noe at odatc.trailmaint@gmail.com



   Appalachian Trail Conservancy Spotlights  Mark Heede's Contributions to ODATC

We are pleased and proud to announce that the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has highlighted  Mark Heede's contributions to ODATC.   This is a truly wonderful article about Mark, a dedicated member  who has made  a major impact on  our club's efforts at making the Appalachian Trail accessible to one and all.  Please click here  to read the full article.  



  







Wilderness Skills

Institute Training to be

Held May 2020


The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewareds (SAWS), and the USDA Forest Service have launched the 2020 application process for the 10th edition of the Wilderness Skills Institute. This is a two week training held each May at the Cradle lof Forestry near Brevard, North Carolina.

Those interested in attending this training program can learn more about it by downloading the information document  here.


Wednesday Hike A Huge Success


The the photo appearing above is from ODATC's amazing February 12, 2020 Wednesday hike led by Tim Gilbert and Ann Lankey that went along the Hopewell waterfront and Appomattox River. This hike included City Point riverfront (where the James and Appomattox Rivers meet), Appomattox Plantation, some nice residential neighborhoods, and the new Hopewell Riverwalk. A park service representative met us at the Appomattox plantation and Discussed that this was the location of General Grant’s headquarters and the union army supply depot used at the end of the Civil War. The group size was about 40 people.

Click here to see the full sized photo.




A.T. VISTA 2020

Has Been Rescheduled

The A.T. Vista conference originally scheduled for: 

July 31,2020 - August 3, 2020

Location:  Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ

Will now be held in 2021

The A.T. Vista is the replacement program for the former A.T. Biennials. The initial A.T. Vista, originally scheduled for the summer of 2020, has been moved to August 6-9, 2021. This change is the result of the confluence of a number of independent causes.

For more Information, visitwww.atvista.org


 A.T. Vista is the replacement program for the former A.T. Biennials. The initial A.T. Vista, originally scheduled for the summer of 2020, has been moved to August 6-9, 2021. This change is the result of the confluence of a number of independent causes:



    The ODATC Mission

    The construction and maintenance of foot trails for hikers, including the Appalachian Trail between Reids Gap and Rockfish Gap.

    The provision of excursions on such trails or 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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