Can't wait to join? See our Online Membership Application, but you might want to read some of the following first.
PATH members are from all walks of life with diverse educational, occupational, and cultural backgrounds. Our membership includes 8-year-olds, 80-years-olds, and all ages in between. On each PATH volunteer weekend, you'll meet families participating together, couples, and individuals, all of whom enjoy the outdoors and want to do something to preserve its beauty for future generations. PATH's volunteers live in North Carolina, Virginia, and as far away as the state of Washington. However, most members reside in Central North Carolina between Charlotte and Raleigh.
PATH's main activity is trail maintenance on the 70 miles of trail assigned to us by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC). This maintenance includes trail clearing and repair, blaze painting, repair and upkeep of of footbridges, shelters, privies, trail relocation, and removal of blown down trees, cutting weeds, and briars from the tread way.
Some of this work is strenuous, and activities such as operating a chain saw in the forest are potentially dangerous. However, we have tasks that are suitable for members of all strengths and dispositions. For example, a chain sawyer will need someone to carry a small can of gasoline for his saw. Or, while some members may operate weed eaters to clear brush and briars, others will use loppers to trim small branches that overhang the trail. Members make their own decisions about the tasks they are able to perform, members are never required to perform any task with which they are not comfortable.
PATH's membership numbers about 200, and about half of those members will attend at least one volunteer weekend or event each year. Even if you're not able to attend work trips often -- or at all -- we still welcome you as a member. Your dues payment helps support our work and we are always grateful for your participation.
Benefits of Membership
How to Join
Joining PATH is easy and inexpensive.
PATH's annual membership dues are $20.00 for an individual, $25.00 for a family, and $15.00 for students. Dues are payable on a calendar year basis.
Memberships may be renewed at any time online through PayPal or by mailing a check to the treasurer. Don't forget to update your information in the Inside PATH area if needed.
PATH will accept membership renewals for up to 5 years at a time.
To renew via PayPal, direct your renewal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To renew by mail, send your check to:
New members who join PATH after August 30 will have their dues credited to the following calendar year.
Here's how to get started.
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