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Join the GATC

Participating in the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC) allows you to combine passion, recreation, and stewardship.

Membership is open to everyone who shares the Club's commitment to the Appalachian Trail and is interested in the club's activities.

We desire to build an active membership, and so we ask that Prospective Members participate in club activities prior to becoming a Member.

Becoming A Member

There are three types of membership:

  • Individual 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 

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 may 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 the

 ONLINE Prospective Member Application 



(If you are not comfortable applying online, complete and mail this Prospective Member Application form.)

Once membership requirements have been met, a Prospective Member will need to login and submit the three required activities.  After approval the Prospective Member may then apply as Member.

To download a Prospective Member Information Packet, click here.

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

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

2019 GATC Orientation Meetings

Sunday, January 20        Afternoon    Downtown Atlanta area

Saturday, March 30        Morning       Near Blairsville

Saturday, June 1             Afternoon     Vogel State Park

Sunday, August 18         Afternoon     Cumming area

Saturday, October 5        Morning       Dahlonega

Monday, November 11   Evening        Metro Atlanta area

 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.