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. 

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ODATC CLUB PICNIC COMING UP!  Mark your calendars for October 22 at Powhatan State Park .  Click here for Details.  


'Life's not over just because

 you lose a leg,' says

 Appalachian Trail hiker

When hikers reach the northernmost summit of the Appalachian Trail, they can breathe in the beautiful scenery before them, ponder the arduous journey behind them—and maybe rub their legs in relief.

Not Tim Martin.

After he scaled Mount Katahdin, the highest point in Maine, he took off his prosthetic leg and raised it in the air. The look on his face shows both triumph and defiance, perhaps toward those who wonder why a man with one leg would attempt to traverse the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail alone.  Click here to read the whole story.

 Long Time ODATC Member, Mac Taylor, Remembered

On Thursday September 28, Mac Taylor passed away peacefully in his sleep. Mac has been a member of ODATC for over 30 years. He has been an avid supporter of our club and the ATC, enjoying the out of doors and hiking on the trail. Mac was a Distinguished club member, having served as club president and vice president.  He was very involved on the club's behalf in organizing the ATC Biennial Conference - Radford 1999. Mac also served on the ATC Board of Managers.  Unable to be as active in recent years, Mac still had a strong interest in club functions and the relationship with the ATC.  Mac's generosity and  wise counsel will be greatly missed.

For additional information about Mac's life, Click Here.

Call for candidates for 2017 Board of Directors

It’s time to give some consideration to getting involved with the ODATC Board of Directors!  Becoming a Board member is a great way to learn about the inner workings of the club as well as the ATC and gives individuals the opportunity to grow the club in directions they feel would improve it.  Board positions have a term of two years and about half the board is up for election each year.  Current Board members work with new members to ensure a smooth transition of duties and mentor new members until they are ready and able to manage on their own.  The ODATC Board positions that are open for the November 2017 election and their major responsibilities are:

President (coordinates board and member meetings and interfaces with ATC)

Vice President (manages the budget process and volunteer service awards program)

Programs (manages the club’s speaker program)

Activities (manages the club’s hiking program)

Secretary (develops minutes for the 6 Board meetings)

If you are interested in joining the ODATC Board please contact one of these Board members:






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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