Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers, is a nonprofit trail club that maintains a section of the Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia. PATH's members live in North Carolina and Virginia, with the majority living between Charlotte, NC and Raleigh, NC. PATH also sponsors day hikes and backpacking trips for members and others who might be interested in learning more about trails, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.
The Appalachian Trail is a 2100+ mile long footpath that runs along the crest of the Appalachian Mountains from Mount Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in Georgia. The Appalachian Trail was originally constructed by volunteers in the 1920's and 30's. Starting in 1965, the Appalachian Trail Conference began assigning maintenance responsibilities on the Appalachian Trail to various clubs along the trail's route.
Piedmont Appalachian Trail Hikers, Inc. PATH, now has responsibility for 70 miles of the storied AT. PATH's maintenance starts from Va. St. Rt. 670 at the South Fork of the Holston River north to U.S. 52 near Bland. Our section includes 6 shelters including the shelter on Chestnut Ridge over looking the historic and picturesque Burkes Garden. (See our trail map.)
The membership of PATH includes young and old, men and women, dedicated volunteers who never miss a maintenance trip and unseen volunteers that support our mission through monetary contributions. By far the most important aspect of PATH is that it brings together people who can share common interests and become new friends.
This web site's purpose is to provide information specific to our club, PATH. For further information about the Appalachian Trail or other hiking clubs, we suggest you visit our links page.