Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club


TATC LogoThe Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club (TATC) is an energetic group, open to individuals and families, whose primary purpose is to maintain a 10+ mile section of the Appalachian Trail (AT). The Club is centered in Norfolk, VA, and draws membership from Hampton Roads and the surrounding areas.

TATC maintains 23 miles of other trails in the Blue Ridge Mountains, including the White Rocks Falls Trail along the Blue Ridge Parkway,  the Mau-Har Trail off of the Appalachian Trail, and all the trails in the St. Mary’ Wilderness.  In the Tidewater area, the club maintains trails in First Landing State Park, False Cape State Park, New Quarter Park, and Sandy Bottom Nature Park.

In addition to trail maintenance, the TATC offers a wide range of outdoor recreational activities, including backpacking, day hiking, canoeing, kayaking, biking, car camping, white water rafting, skiing, rock climbing, rappelling, nature watching, and of course, eating!  Educational events such as Leave No Trace, Map & Compass, Leadership and Wilderness First Aid are scheduled.  TATC also offers two levels of courses to hone your backpacking skills:  Beginner’s Backpacking, and an AT Thru-hike Prep series.

The TATC general meeting is held on the second Wednesday of every month (except in December) at the new Pretlow Library, 111 West Ocean View Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia at the corner of Ocean View Avenue and Granby St. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. Visitors are always welcome. For more information, write to: Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club, P.O. Box 8246, Norfolk, VA 23503



Official Appalachian Trail miles for 2016 = 2,190 miles




Link to TATC Newsletter for April 2018 - May 2018

Link to TATC Cabin Report - April 2018

Announcing the Cabin Incentive Program

Pace Norfolk Bike Share

Nutrition & Backpacking Food - Juliet Stephenson

James River Tree-Athion

The James River Association will be planting 3,000 trees at farms along various tributaries of the James River this spring! Sign-up to volunteer at the attached link.

Link to Revised TATC Activity Sign Up Form

Reese Lukei - “Raptor Whisperer" - Pilot Article - 31 October 2017

Virginia Beach Parks - Reese F. Lukei, Jr. - Raptor Trail

Article on Reese Lukei

The linked article below by Bryan Watts about long time TATC member appeared recently on the website of the Center for Conservation Biology, a research unit shared by the College of William and Mary and the Virginia Commonwealth University.  The mission of The Center for Conservation Biology, through all of its diverse programs, is to provide the global community with the information needed to drive thoughtful, science-based conservation, to educate and train the next generation of conservation scientists. The full article can be found here: http://www.ccbbirds.org/2017/10/03/reese-lukei-jr/

Membership Renewals

New Membership Application

Updated Activity Forms:

Link to Activity Leadership Guide

Link to Trail Maintenance Booklet

Leave no Trace (LNT) Booklet

Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS)

In Remembrance of Dewey Phelps, Jr. (click here for more details)

In Remembrance of Jacqueline P. Jenkins (click here for more details)

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks (click here for more details)

New TATC Volunteer Video - Hermitage Museum & Gardens

2016 Editions of PATC's Map 12 & Map 13 for the Appalachian Trail

Virginia State Park Passes - Description

Virginia State Park Pass -  Application Form

TATC Volunteers Help Restore Buffer

Index of TATC Board Duties

Link to Trail Maintenance Crew Briefing Booklet

Donate to TATC by using a Credit Card or PayPal, please click on the link below.

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The Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club (TATC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit all volunteer organization and 100% of your donations go to furthering the club’s mission.  TATC is one of the 31 trail maintaining clubs in the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), which work to maintain the Appalachian Trail (AT), TATC also maintains other trails next to the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) and local trails in the Tidewater Area.  Your donations will support the purchase of tools used for trail maintenance and educational activities in support of trail maintenance and outdoor ethics.

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