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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News Flash:      BEAR ACTIVITY

has been reported by Appalachian Trail hikers in the vicinity of Humpback Rocks and Paul C. Wolfe Shelter.  See Article below for details



HARPERS FERRY, W.V. (Nov. 6, 2017) – Suzanne Dixon, former senior director of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), has been selected as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s (ATC) new president and CEO. Beginning on December 11, Dixon will lead the organization in its mission to maintain, protect and celebrate the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.). 

“Suzanne has the extraordinary talent and drive that is necessary to be the leading voice for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy,” said Sandra Marra, chair of the board of directors for the ATC. “Her success in protecting the values of the National Parks, along with her expertise in fundraising, advocacy and programmatic growth, will be a great asset for the ATC and the greater Appalachian Trail community.”

For nearly twenty years, Dixon served key roles in NPCA advocating for the broader protection of the National Park System. She most recently served as senior director of regional operations with accomplishments including the designation of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park as a World Heritage Site. She also played a critical role in the designation of the Waco Mammoth National Monument and the protection of Fort Davis National Historic Site. Dixon currently serves on the board of directors for the Waco Mammoth Foundation.

 “The Appalachian Trail is an American treasure, and I'm privileged to lead this team as we celebrate the recreational, economic and cultural significance of the Trail," said Dixon. “I'm excited to be an ambassador and collaborator with communities up and down the A.T. as we move forward in protecting the Trail and its surrounding landscapes. By working directly with the public, we will strengthen our ability for families to enjoy this precious resource for generations to come."

 The ATC currently has over 42,000 members, a network of over 6,500 volunteers and an operating budget of $9.36 million. As a volunteer-based organization whose mission is to preserve and manage the Trail, the ATC is the only organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the world’s most famous hiking trail. The ATC provides outdoor recreation and educational opportunities for an estimated 3 million A.T. visitors each year.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Report from ATC President

Mountain Valley Pipeline has been given the federal power of eminent domain to take private property from unwilling landowners for their private project, even though 99.5% of the product is destined for New York, Florida, India and perhaps Europe. FERC itself has laid out several other hurdles before construction can begin, and there are already two landowner court cases in the federal courts. MVP is not building a tap in Roanoke or Franklin county, so if that happens local ratepayers will be footing the cost (millions of dollars), which would likely include the addition of a very loud and air polluting compressor station on the Roanoke River near the Roanoke/Montgomery county line. We would be paying for that, too - both the direct costs and the costs of dirty air and noise.

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 Bear activity has been reported by Appalachian Trail hikers in the vicinity of Humpback Rocks and Paul C. Wolfe Shelter.

Hikers must properly secure food at all times on the Appalachian Trail.

Never feed bears!

Bear encounters resulting in injury are incredibly rare. The way you behave in an encounter will directly influence the outcome. Follow these simple steps to avoid and safely end encounters that do occur.

• Hike or walk in groups of 2 or more people

• Keep your dog leashed

• Never run from a bear or try to approach one

• Back away from a bear

• Carry bear pepper spray

If a bear follows you or becomes aggressive:

• Intimidate by waving your arms

• Fight back or use bear pepper spray

• Report this to Wildlife Conflict Helpline: 855.571.9003 and to incident@appalachiantrail.org

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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