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Introducing GA4000, Georgia’s Highpoint Challenge

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.

February, 2016


“The Times They Are A-Changin.”

When Bob Dylan wrote that song in 1963 the Country was already being rocked with protests and demonstrations. Prophetically, much more violent change would become common. The times were truly “a-changin.” As history has taught us, change is never easy or popular.

The fact is, change is coming for GATC and the entire trail maintaining community. We are being pressured to modify how we envision our mission to protect, manage, and maintain the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. Our Club is rightfully proud of the Trail that we maintain. And naturally, we have extended the call to one and all to come share the experience of hiking and camping on the AT. The public has responded. The number of users, including thru-hikers, section hikers, and day hikers, has increased year after year. There is evidence that this increase in the number of hikers, coupled with the fact that many hikers do not practice “Leave No Trace” principles, is causing the Trail to deteriorate. One sign of this deterioration is the Hawk Mtn. Campsite. The area around the shelter is bare ground with little vegetation. David Stelts is leading our project to build a new campsite with privy in an attempt to mitigate the damage already present at the current campsite.

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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.

March 18, 2015

We have been notified of two prescribed burns taking place today.  One will affect primarily the Duncan Ridge area, the other could minimally impact the A.T. from Hawk Mountain to Hightower Gap.  For more information, please visit the USFS website.


February 18, 2015

The following notice was received today from the USFS:

As many of you know, we’ve had some significant winter weather in most of North Georgia over the past few days.  After a preliminary assessment of the impacts on yesterday, we’ve found that many of our Forest Service Roads are impassable and riddled with downed trees and power lines.

 Access to and within the Jake and Bull Trail System has been deemed impassable.

Travel to Springer Mountain is not advised, as routes to Springer are currently hazardous for travel.  Trees that have accumulated ice are weakened and subject to falling with high winds.

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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

C-ONFAll of the A.T. in Georgia falls within the Forest.

Leave No Trace

Practice the Leave No Trace Seven Principles.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy

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