Approaching Second Mountain - Photo by Lorrie Preston

Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club


Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club offers an extensive schedule of activities including scores of group hikes each year with many social and natural exploration possibilities, and numerous trail work outings building our trails and a special sense of camaraderie at the same time!

SATC Work Trip - 4/6/2013 - Photo by Dave Johnston SATC is one of thirty-one groups that maintain part of the Appalachian Trail, a footpath following the crest of the Appalachian Mountains for over 2,180 miles from Maine to Georgia.  SATC is a Pennsylvania incorporated 501(c)3 charitable not-for-profit organization.  SATC volunteers contribute well over a thousand hours each year toward the care and preservation of this and other footpaths in Central Pennsylvania.

SATC invites you to join in exploring and learning about nature on scheduled group hikes, in caring for our footpaths, and in helping to preserve and conserve our trail lands.  Scheduled hikes and trail care outings are open to everyone - membership, while welcome, is not required.

SATC invites you to see what we have done and are doing to preserve, and to join us on the footpaths, exploring our local landscapes around Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. 

What's new?

  • Thursday, April 28, 2016 - Spring Membership Meeting

    • Linglestown Giant Community Room, 2300 Linglestown Rd, Harrisburg, PA
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Presentation: ”The Hike To Machu Picchu” by Dave Powell and Cheryl Capitani
  • Saturday, April 30, 2016 - Annual Hike Leader Training

    • Capital Blue Store, 4500 Marketplace Way, Enola, PA
    • 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Any SATC member who is considering leading group hikes or any hike leader who would like a “refresher” should attend. Continental breakfast will be provided. You will learn SATC’s hiking guidelines, a hike leader’s responsibilities, how to plan and submit hikes, and how to deal with “on trail” medical situations. We will end the day with a hike to practice what we have learned with other participants and current hike leaders.
    • Register with Cindy Radich by Friday, April 15th.
  • Sunday, May 15, 2016 - Garlic Mustard Challenge

    • We will meet at the Dauphin Park & Ride at 1:00 PM.
    • Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolate) is a non-native and invasive herbaceous plant that is often spotted along the Appalachian Trail (AT). It is a particularly problematic species that is capable of invading natural areas and decimating native plant populations. Fortunately, it can easily be pulled from the ground by hand, so it is an excellent species for volunteers to work with. In an effort to reduce garlic mustard populations and proactively protect the natural resources of the AT, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is once again hosting a Garlic Mustard Challenge this spring. The goal of the challenge will be to collectively pull 3,100 pounds of mustard, representing 100 pounds for every AT maintaining club. SATC will again be taking on the challenge! On Sunday, May 15th we will meet to do our part. Can we be the winning team by pulling the most mustard?
    • Contact Lorrie Preston if you have any questions.
  • Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Graffiti Removal At Shock Rocks

    • Please meet at the Dauphin Park & Ride at 9:00 AM .
    • SATC will begin the removal of the graffiti on the north side of Shock Rock. SATC was awarded a $350 matching grant from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s “25 in 25 Grant Program” to use toward eliminating the graffiti that has been expanding on the rocks at the power line about a half-mile in from the Peters Mountain parking lot off Rte. 225. This power line rock area (a.k.a. Shock Rock) is very popular for day hikers who have abused the area by making fire rings, leaving trash (bottles, cans, etc.) and painting graffiti onto the rocks. SATC will use the grant to purchase ELEPHANT SNOT® graffiti remover which is made for “porous” surfaces. We need a lot of hands for this project! You should wear old clothes and boots, bring water and food/snacks. All other tools and supplies needed for the job will be provided.
    • Contact Jeff Buehler if you have any questions.

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This earth we know.
This earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth.
This we know.
All things are connected like the blood which unites one family.
All things are connected.

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