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:Several key positions still open on the ODATC Board.  Apply now.  ODATC Needs YOU!   See below.  


'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.

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.

Click here for the full report

Board of Directors Candidates Needed  for November Elections

The club’s elections for new board members will take place at our next member meeting on November 14, 2017.  Due to a number of circumstances over the past few years (resignations, vacant board positions being filled mid-term, etc.) the terms of most board members have become concurrent. 

Since the club’s By Laws state that approximately one-half the board shall be elected in any one election cycle the terms of some board positions have been extended one year.  See Article IV, Section 3.These extensions will bring the elections back into conformity with the club’s By Laws.  The positions with one year extensions are: Treasurer (Jack Martin); Membership (John Spindler); Land Management (Mike Shelor); and Outreach (Aseeyah Rhinesmith).  These positions will be up for election in November 2018 along with the Trail Maintenance and Web Master positions.

The positions up for election at the November 14, 2017 member meeting and the current candidates are:

President – David Grimes

Vice President – No Candidate

Programs – No Candidate

Activities – Art Ritter(Weekend Hikes)  (Weekday Hikes) – No Candidate

Secretary – Amanda Noe

The November election will fill these positions to serve on the 2018 and 2019 ODATC board.

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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