The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club is pleased to offer our new publication, The Georgia Mountaineer Quarterly. It is available to the public and is designed to showcase the great work our GATC members do preserving and protecting the Appalachian Trail. Follow the link to view the available editions.
Here are some trail-related links that may be useful:
|National Park Service AT Office||Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest|
Appalachian Trail Maintaining Clubs:
Other Trails and Clubs in north Georgia:
- American Hiking Society
- Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association (ALDHA)
Is there a blowdown on the trail in Georgia? If you're carrying a GPS enabled phone, you can let us know by following the steps below:
• Be sure LOCATION is ENABLED on phone.
• Phone camera access to GPS Location is ENABLED.
• Be sure your phone is NOT in AIRPLANE MODE while taking picture.
• Make sure GPS has a good fix by having your phone out of pack or pocket, turning on the camera, and waiting for a few minutes before taking pictures.
For more details about the reporting system, check out this article.
Many GATC members have been hoping for a good solution to a proposed private development on an inholding in the Tusquittee Mountains along the Fires Creek Rim Trail system in the Nantahala National Forest. This is a very remote area with steep slopes, trout streams, and the location of numerous GATC hikes over the years. The Rim Trail had to be rerouted to skirt the property. The owners had successfully petitioned for vehicular access via Forest Service lands and proposed to construct several houses on the property, but now they are willing to sell this land to the Mainspring Conservation Trust. If Mainspring can raise the funds to purchase this property, they will eventually transfer it to the Nantahala National Forest and the land will remain undeveloped in this pristine area.
Mainspring is in a campaign to raise $525,000 to close on the project before the end of the year. An article about this and a link to donate to this project is at:
Help Preserve the AT in Georgia
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
- Outreach Programs
- Trail Maintenance/Repairs
Donated amounts of less than $100 will be considered a general donation. Click here to make a donation.
Sport your support when you have a Georgia AT License Plate!
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 over $300,000 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, over $193,000 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.
Give to the Appalachian Trail in Georgia when you shop online
While the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club does not endorse Amazon, we appreciate their support through the Amazon Smile program. If you shop there please consider using this link. Through this program, the Club will receive a small portion of the proceeds of your shopping. Click here to shop at Amazon and help provide funds to preserve and maintain the Appalachian Trail in Georgia at no additional expense to you.