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As a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Charitable Organization, the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club can accept your financial donation in any amount. Donations of $100 or more may be designated to one or more of the following specific purposes:

  • General Donation
  • Ridgerunner Program
  • Trail Ambassador Program
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  • Trail Maintenance/Repairs

Donated amounts of less than $100 will be considered a general donation. Click here to make a donation.


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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) receives $10 annually for each Georgia specialty A.T. plate purchased or renewed. Since the plate became available in 2013, Georgia license plate holders have raised almost $100,000 for ATC.

Apply for Your Georgia A.T. Plate

Apply for your plate by visiting your local Tax Commissioner’s tag office, or by choosing the “Appalachian Trail Conservancy of Georgia” specialty plate when you renew your registration online. In addition to the regular vehicle registration fees, a standard, numerical A.T. license plate costs $35. There is also a one-time manufacturing fee of $25 when you first purchase your tag.

Georgia A.T. License Plate Grant Program

Each year, the ATC uses funds from the sale of Georgia A.T. license plates to provide grants to organizations and individuals who are working to help fulfill the ATC’s mission within the state of Georgia. Since 2014, $62,195 has been awarded to grant recipients working on a wide variety of A.T.-related projects. Click here for a year-by-year summary of previous grantees and projects that received funding.


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February 2018

“The Wilderness does not need a defense, it only needs defenders.” Edward Abbey

Public lands are our inheritance from our ancestors. They are our connection to the past and represent the egalitarian liberties America was founded on over two hundred years ago. Wilderness is today the one place where man is humbly equal before nature’s forces. Wilderness is also the one place that cannot be recreated, digitalized or experimented with. Once Wilderness is destroyed, it is EXTINCT! Our challenge is to educate and defend our public lands from such encroachments.

I don’t think anyone could make the argument against the wilderness in general. I’d like to think we can pretty much agree that the concept of wilderness is OK, that there isn’t anything particularly wrong with the idea. The challenge comes in defending our wild areas from countless exceptions and exclusions from congress and special interest groups.

The term "wilderness" is defined as "an area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain" and "an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions."

There are now some proposals before Congress that will adversely impact Wilderness areas in the United States. Some of these measures include:

• The SHARE Act (often referred to as the “Sportsmen’s’ Bill”), which would effectively gut the Wilderness Act.
• H.R. 1349, a bill that would open all Wildernesses to mountain bikes and other forms of mechanical transport.
• “Border bills” that would waive the Wilderness Act, Endangered Species Act, and a dozen-plus other environmental laws within 100 miles of any U.S. border, including on more than 30 million acres of Wilderness.
• A bill to allow the State of Alaska to build an 11-mile road through the heart of the Izembek Wilderness.
• The Administration’s efforts to shrink our National Monuments, including some with Wilderness.
• Copper mining in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

There is an old concept that says we do not inherit the lands from our ancestors, rather we borrow it from our children. Thinking back thru history some of our fore fathers had the sense to think about preservation. Consider the invention of national parks and the Wilderness Act among others. Unfortunately, not everyone was aware of the impact we would have on the environment form our energy, trash and living needs.

Upon signing the Wilderness Act, President Johnson said: "If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it."

We need to be diligent about protecting our Wilderness. This topic is especially relevant to the GATC since many of our trails are in designated Wilderness areas. Fortunately, at the moment, there are no threats to the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. However, that could easily change. Several parts of the AT are now threatened with pipeline crossings. Complacency is not an option!

One positive development is the formation of the Appalachian Trail National Scenic Trail Caucus. This is being formed by avid AT hikers Congressman Phil Roe (R-TN) and Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA) with assistance from ATC. Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA) representing the 9th district, through which the in Georgia passes, has also joined the caucus.

The mission of the bipartisan Appalachian National Scenic Trail Caucus is to unite interested Members of the U.S. House of Representatives in working together for the sustained protection and conservation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The Caucus is significant in its entire connectedness with compelling the need for federal, state and local stakeholders to work together on relevant policies and appropriate funding.

You can be a Defender of Wilderness and help protect these treasures by writing to your representatives and senators and letting them know how you feel. I can give you the contact information for your district and help with suggested copy for your letter. Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jay Dement

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APRIL 2, 2017 - At the present time the AT is not directly affected, however the Crow Mountain wildfire has closed Dicks Creek road and Waters Creek Day-Use Area.

Crews are responding to the 100+ acre #CrowMountain wildfire that began in the morning of April 2, 2017 near Turner's Corner: https://goo.gl/maps/yvn6Cn9RR5J2 .

Until further notice, the U.S. Forest Service has closed Waters Creek Day-use Area and roads along Dicks Creek as a result of the wildfire. https://go.usa.gov/xXRcd

Learn more about Fire Management at: https://go.usa.gov/xXRcV

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.