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Join the GATC

Participating in the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC) allows you to combine passion, recreation, and stewardship. We desire to build an active membership, and so we ask that prospective members participate in club activities prior to becoming full members.

The membership committee does its best to respond quickly, but please plan for a response time of 3-5 days and plan accordingly for upcoming activities and orientations.

Membership is open to everyone who shares the Club's commitment to the Appalachian Trail and is interested in the club's activities. There are three types of membership:

  • Single Membership for those 18 years of age or older
  • Joint Membership for those 18 years of age or older (two members at the same household address)
  • Junior Membership for those 14-17 years of age 

Becoming A New Member

To become a member of the GATC you must first participate in the Club's activities as a prospective member. To qualify for membership, you must participate in three GATC-sponsored activities within a twelve month period including:

  1. Prospective member orientation meeting
  2. Trail maintenance trip
  3. Club activity of your choice, such as a hike

The activities can be completed in any order.  While an orientation is a great way to begin, it is not necessary to attend the orientation prior to participating in other activities.

To become a prospective member, please complete and submit the Prospective Member Application.

Once membership requirements have been met, please submit a New Member Application.

For additional information or questions, contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To download a Prospective Member Information Packet, click here.

Prospective member orientation meetings in 2018 will be held on the following dates.  Please contact the Membership Director for information on locations and times.

2018 GATC Orientation Meetings

  • Saturday, June 2                   1:30pm         Vogel State Park
  • Sunday, August 19              2:00pm         North Atlanta area
  • Saturday, October 6            9:00am         Dahlonega
  • Monday, November 19       7:00pm        Atlanta area (Note date change from Nov 12)

Note:  Dates, times and locations are subject to change.  Also, an orientation meeting held in conjunction with another club  activity on the same day only counts as one requirement toward membership completion.


Donate to the Appalachian Trail in Georgia

Joining the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club requires a commitment. If you don't feel you have what it takes to join right now, your tax-deductible donation toward our work will be gratefully accepted. Click here to make a donation.