Approaching Second Mountain - Photo by Lorrie Preston

Susquehanna Appalachian Trail Club

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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?

  • 2015 Appalachian Trail Garlic Mustard Challenge

    Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolate) is a non-native and invasive herbaceous plant that is often spotted along the Appalachian Trail. 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 A.T., the ATC is hosting a Garlic Mustard Challenge this spring. The goal of the challenge will be to collectively pull 2,189 pounds of mustard, representing a pound for every mile of the Trail.

    SATC is taking on the challenge! On Saturday, May 2nd we will meet to do our part. If you’re interested in participating, contact Lorrie Preston for the meeting location and additional information. Keep Saturday, May 16th open as the rain date for this event.

  • SATC Spring Membership Meeting, Thursday April 30th, 6:30pm, Linglestown Giant Community Room

    Our guest speaker will be Marian Orlousky, ATC Northern Resource Management Coordinator. She will present “The ATC’s Phenology Program: What is it and what can we learn from it?”.

  • 6th Annual Ironmaster’s Challenge - Sunday April 26th

    The Central Pennsylvania Conservancy and SATC are once again hosting this trail hiking/running event to raise funds for the support and maintenance of the Ironmaster's Mansion. The Ironmaster’s Challenge features a 50k Ultra and a 15K Challenge. The courses wind through the beautiful woodlands of Pine Grove Furnace State Park and surrounding Michaux State Forest.

    Early registration discount ends April 1st. The continued financial generosity of our sponsors and participants has made a significant and positive impact on the Ironmaster's Mansion annual budget. Please consider being part of this great legacy. Check out the SATC hiking schedule for training hikes for 50k and 15k.

    To register:
    50K Ultra (7:30am start)
    15K Challenge (9:00am start)

    How about volunteering to help? If you aren’t participating in the event as a hiker or runner, then consider signing up to volunteer. If you are interested in marking (pre-event) and unmarking the trail (post-event) should please contact Karen Balaban at 717-232-3708, by April 1st. Help out Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th, and stay overnight free at the Mansion Friday night, April 24th. Help out Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th, and stay overnight free at the Mansion on Saturday night, April 25th. All volunteers will receive a complimentary ticket to the finish-line picnic celebration on Sunday, two free tickets for beer at the picnic, and a t-shirt.

    Sign-up now to participate or volunteer. Either way, you're in for a wonderful time and advancing a great charitable cause!

  • SATC Annual Banquet and Membership Meeting

    On Saturday, March 28, 2015, SATC will hold it’s annual banquet and membership meeting. Please join us as we bring SATC’s 60th Anniversary year to a close. We will announce the winners of our photo contest and of our 60 Point Challenge Contest as well as share photos from our various anniversary activities. The evening’s program will also include the election of three Board Directors and then culminate with the presentation by our guest speaker, Matt Willen, author of the popular guidebook, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Harrisburg, as well as, The Best In Tent Camping: Pennsylvania. Hear how he chose which hikes to include and where he is with his anticipated updated edition.

    Please send your completed registration/RSVP form and check to SATC, Gary LaBelle, Treasurer, P.O. BOX 61001, Harrisburg, PA 17106-1001 by the deadline of Saturday, March 21st.

  • KTA Invites All Hikers and Trail Lovers to 2nd Annual Membership Celebration & Film Festival

    The event will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2015, starting at 6:30 pm at the Wesley Center of Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 417 South 22nd Street, Camp Hill, PA.

    “Last year, we began our tradition of the KTA Membership Celebration and Film Festival,” said Wanda Shirk, President of KTA. “We will continue it this year, with an emphasis on Pennsylvania’s hiking trails. KTA will celebrate its work, the state's precious trails, and the backbone of KTA - its membership.” “Our 2015 event will feature several films, all about trails in Pennsylvania,” Shirk said. “Last year, we focused solely on the Appalachian Trail. This year, we will feature other equally beautiful trails that may not be as well known. It will be a great opportunity to learn about new places to hike.” Attendees will be given an opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite film, and the film with the most votes will receive the coveted KTA “Film of the Year” Award. “In addition to some great films, the event will also spotlight KTA’s advocacy efforts on trails and wild spaces; feature other hiking, trails and environmental organizations; and celebrate KTA’s membership base,” she said. “It is a unique opportunity for new and experienced trail enthusiasts to learn more about KTA and the footpaths we help protect throughout the state.”

    Tickets for the KTA Membership Celebration and Film Festival are just $15.00. Non-members will, in addition to admission to the event, also receive a one-year introductory membership to KTA. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door.

  • So You Want To Be A Hike Leader?

    If so, join us on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Fogarty Cabin from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM for SATC’s annual Hike Leader Training. 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. Sign up by emailing Cindy Radich by Friday, March 6th.

  • A Message From SATC's New President

  • SATC's 60th Anniversary Celebration (1954-2014)

    Be sure to check out the special events, hikes, trips, and contests that SATC has planned to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Recent Photographs

9/27/2014 - Scott Farm Hike
6/26-29/2014 - SATC Hiking Trip to Shenandoah National Park
6/7/2014 - SATC Work Trip and Trail Maintainers' Picnic
5/17/2014 - 60 for 60 Hikes and Picnic
4/18/2014 - SATC Work Trip on Peters Mountain
4/6/2014 - SATC Officers & Directors Installation Hike
4/6/2014 - SATC Service Project at the Duncannon A.T. Parking Lot
3/30/2014 - Bear Box Brigade
3/1/2014 - Chickies Rock Hike




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