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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 31 qualifying peaks over 4000 feet in elevation.

GA4000 rules will soon be available on the GATC website along with program details and the list of qualifying peaks.  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.

More details will be available on this site soon or you can contact Lars Holmquist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

August, 2015

We are just completing our first year of funding from the AT Specialty License plate revenue sharing program, and we have already benefited in many ways as a result.  This is the way it works: every time someone buys a GA AT license tag, $10 goes into a fund administrated by the ATC.  This fund is set aside to be used only in ways that will directly benefit the AT in Georgia.  Funds are distributed through a grant program.  Last year, from a total of $15,000 available, three grants were awarded.  These included a Wilderness First Aid class for hike leaders and work trip leaders; a Union Country History of the AT exhibit; and a USFS AT outreach and education ranger.  This year’s grant applications are due Sept. 1 with a total of $20,000 ($5,000 max for each) available for approved projects.  Do you have an idea of a way to improve the AT in Georgia? Anyone is eligible to apply.  Check out the GATC website for application forms and instructions.


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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.