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Conservation

The Appalachian Trail is a beloved American icon, but the

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Recreation

Recreation

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club hosts more than 100 activities each

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Trail Maintenance

Trail Maintenance

Each portion built should, of course, be rigorously maintained and

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Introducing GA4000, Georgia’s Highpoint Challenge

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GATC announces the launch of a new hiking challenge, GA4000.  Designed for members, hiking enthusiasts, adventurers, explorers and anyone who has done it all outside, GA4000 is a fun and challenging way to experience the Georgia mountain wilderness.  The program involves reaching the summit of Georgia’s 32 qualifying peaks over 4000 feet in elevation.

The GA4000 Rules are simple and straightforward.  Individuals tackle the GA4000 challenge at their own pace, select their own routes and record their own progress.  All of the peaks can be reached on day trips.  If you prefer group hikes, the GATC will have a series of guided hikes in 2016 to many of the more remote GA4000 summits.

Once you've reached all 32 peaks, complete the application form to receive your patch!

For more information about the program, contact Lars Holmquist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

May, 2016

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We continue this month in our discussion of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s “Strategic Plan 2015-2019” and how all of this might impact GATC.  This month the subject is the third goal in the plan, “Broader Relevancy” which is defined in the plan as “Connect and engage with a younger and more diverse audience and broaden the understanding of the physical and mental benefits that the Trail provides.” Suggested outcomes for this goal include:
 
•Encourage a diverse population and a younger audience to enjoy the Trail and give back through involvement with the ATC.
•Promote the physical and mental benefits of hiking and volunteering in order to expand the A.T. community. 
 
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March 9, 2016

We have begun to receive notices from the USFS regarding prescribed burns in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest.  However, because timing of these events is based on personnel and equipment availability and on weather conditions, we are not necessarily being notified more than a couple of hours in advance.  For updates on these activities in specific locations and how it might affect the Trail or road access, please monitor the USFS/C-ONF website.

December 30, 2015

The USFS office of the Chattahoochee National Forest reports that, due to the excessive recent rain in North Georgia, several roads are damaged, unsafe, or impassable.  Updates on specific locations that are affected can be found on their website.

 

 

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GATC Mission Statement

The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club manages, maintains and protects the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Georgia with volunteers from its membership and the interested public.  The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club promotes the appreciation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and natural outdoor places through education and recreational activities, with an emphasis on conservation ethics and protection of the forests, their natural resources and wilderness areas.

 Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

All of the A.T. in Georgia falls within the Forest.

 Appalachian Trail Convervancy

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

ATC manages all aspects of the A.T. from Georgia to Maine.

 Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

Practice the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.