History of the PATC

<h2>90 Years and Still Serving!</h2>

90 Years and Still Serving!

Eight people met and organized the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club in 1927 in Washington, D.C. These founders included Myron Avery, without whom the Appalachian Trail and, arguably, the Appalachian Trail Conference would not exist as they do today. J. Frank Schairer, another founder, quickly gave up his role as Treasurer and took on the task of Supervisor of Trails. This at a time when those trails did not exist. Each of these, and the 7,600 men and women who are today the PATC, followed the vision of a very crusty New Englander, Benton MacKaye.

The Dreamer

The Appalachian Trail was an idea born of a far-sighted Yankee, Benton MacKaye in 1921.


The Doer

Myron Avery was, by all accounts, not made for a desk. Avery was not much a dreamer.


A Short History

Carol Niedzialek compiled this superb, short history of the PATC from our origin through to the early 1990s.


The Tuscarora

The Tuscarora Trail wends through four states as a loop off the Appalachian Trail.