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
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.
Members Encouraged to Use the Website Photo Album Feature
Members may upload photos for viewing by everyone. To upload the photos, from the site Home page, click on "Photo Album" on the left menu bar. Next, click the <Upload Photos> button and then the <Choose File> buttons (up to 5 images may be selected at a time), browse on your local computer to locate and select the image(s), and then click on the <upload> button.
After the images are uploaded, a caption to the photo may be optionally entered or the photo can be deleted. To add a caption, click on the image in the album and then click the link underneath the photo that says "Add Caption".
To delete the photo, click on the photo in the album and click the <Delete photo> button.
Appalachian Trail Limits of Stay
The U.S. Forest Service has established new limits of stay regulations at all Appalachian National Scenic Trail (Appalachian Trail) shelters, as well as one campsite and two overnight sites within the southern region. Overnight stays at all of the southern region Appalachian Trail shelters, Davis Path Overnight Site, Davis Farm Overnight Site, and Wayah Bald Shelter Camp are now limited to three days within a 30-day period.
For more detailed information about this regulation, refer to: Southern Region Closure Order and Final Decision Notice - Limits of Stay on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.
Club Member Actively Promoting the Club Through Twitter
Kim R of our club has been trying to get the word out about Twitter to our members in case any of them use it? The club name is @odatclub
ODATC and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Our website has created a new web page dedicated on updating people on the planned Atlantic Coast Pipeline and its impact to the AT and the Federal Parks and Forests. You may access the new web page on the menu on to the left of the website home page or click here
Support the Land and Water Conservation Fund
In the past, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been a major source of funds to acquire land for the A.T. Recently, LWCF funds have been used to purchase the Campbell tract (NBATC) and the Rocky Fork Tract in the Cherokee NF (TN). Historically, the LWCF was used to purchase much of the land now owned by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. If you want to get a broader view of the use of LWCF go to http://wilderness.org/mapping-land-and-water-conservation-fund-lwcf
Now, Congress is considering terminating LWCF.
LWCF is entirely funded by revenues from the depletion of one natural resource – offshore oil and gas – to support the conservation of another precious resource – our land and water. Every year, $900 million in royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) are supposed to be put into this fund.
LWCF provides funds to create and protect national parks, areas around rivers and lakes, national forests, and national wildlife refuges from development, and to provide matching grants for state and local parks and recreation projects.Most years, much of the money has been diverted to other uses. And now, some in Congress want to allow that authorization to expire.
What you can do:
Write your Senators and Representative. Three bills are in consideration:
- S.338 would permanently reauthorize the LWCF, but not at full value.
- S.890 would permanently reauthorize the LWCF at full $900 million annually.
- H.R. 1814 is companion to S.890 and would permanently and fully reauthorize the LWCF.
Senator Time Kaine is a co-sponsor of S.338. Neither Kaine nor Mark Warner are co-sponsors of S.890. Three Virginia representatives have co-sponsored H.R. 1814—Don Beyer VA-8, Gerry Connolly VA-11, and Bobby Scott VA-3. Please tell your Senators and Representative to support S.890 (Senate) and H.R. 1814 (House). Tell them that the LWCF needs to be reauthorized for the Appalachian Trail and any other park, forest, river, or wildlife refuge that is important to you.
Thank you for your support and for being a part of an Appalachian Trail Club.
Southwest and Central Virginia Regional Partnership Committee
08 Sep 2015 7:00 PM • RVA
09 Sep 2015 9:50 AM • Hanover
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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.
Shenandoah National Park Research for Teens
The NatureBridge Summer Field Research Course is being offered in Shenandoah National Park this summer in partnership with the National Park Service. The 5-day course is designed for students entering 9th and 10th grades. Students will meet park scientists, develop research questions, carry out field science investigations, and present their results, all while hiking and camping in the park. For information go to www.naturebridge.org/summerfieldresearch or email the summer programs coordinator. Click here to register for the course.
ATC Va Regional Office (VARO) will be Leading Two New Training Sessions for ODATC Maintainers.
- September 19th - Trail Maintenance 101. This is scheduled on the same day as our regular monthly work trip date. The class will be doing hands-on work maintaining our section of the trail. We currently plan to schedule other work that day for those who do not need, or want, to attend the training class.
- November 7th - Rock Workshop.
We will rebuilt a switchback, stairs and drainage just south of the shelter. This might be a 2-day opportunity for those who can stay overnight.
West Virginia University Hiring Part-timers to Conduct Recreation Surveys on the George Washington - Jefferson National Forest
The GWJ is entering an agreement with West Virginia University to conduct our required National Visitor Use Monitoring surveys (NVUM). WVU will hire local people throughout the GWJ geographic area for part-time work conducting on-the-ground surveys of recreationists exiting the national forest. Training will occur in late August or September; surveys begin in October and will run through September 2016. A job description
If you know a volunteer, past intern or summer temp, retiree, relative, neighbor or anyone who would be a good fit for this type of work, please share this with them. Primarily, candidates need to be reliable, have good communication and interaction skills and be comfortable working alone, sometimes at remote sites. Being familiar with the location of GWJ roads, rec sites and trailheads is a plus.
For those interested, the contact information is provided in the attached job description. Your help spreading the word about this is greatly appreciated. This is an important project for the GWJ.
Ginny Williams, Landscape Architect
Developed Recreation, Volunteer & Service Programs
George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
5162 Valleypointe Parkway
Roanoke, VA 24019-3050
ODATC Member Hank Harman Receives ATC 75 Year Service Award
ODATC member Hank Harman recently received an award from the ATC for 75 years of service. The award was presented to him during the recent ATC 2015 40th Biennial Conference from Wendy Janssen Superintendent, Appalachian National Scenic Trail (ANST). Hank is one of the oldest members of the club. Additionally, Hank celebrated his 90th birthday during the service award celebration. Article and pictures from this celebration are available by clicking here.