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Trail Skills Workshop - 2021

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Trail Skills Workshop
Lake Winfield Scott, Suches GA
September 25 & 26, 2021

The Trail Skills Workshop (TSW) is a training event focused on teaching the most current trail construction and maintenance methods applicable for Eastern landscapes. These classes are for new and experienced trail workers.  Skilled instructors are provided from the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC), the United States Forest Service (FS) and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).

The $30.00 fee ($25.00 fee for GATC members) includes: all courses, a T-shirt, 2 nights camping and Saturday cook out.

105: Essential Trail Maintenance: This course focuses on improved modern methods of maintaining the Appalachian Trail. Main subjects include: safety, corridor clearing, drainage structures and tread realignment.

215: Drainage Design and Drain Dips: An intermediate to advanced course that gives in-depth field instruction explaining the use, application and modern design of drainage structures and other devices.

325: Moving Big Stuff: Explore mechanical advantage techniques working with a Comealong and Maasdam to move large rocks and bucked trees.

335: Rock Construction: Lead by the Jolly Rovers Trail Crew, this advanced course focuses on sound design of rock staircases, guide features and retrofitting aging structures.

405 Orienteering:  Put away the GPS and other electronics and join Tom Lamb for an overview in Orienteering with map and compass.

408 Sawyering:  Sawyer coordinator Mike Cordisco will lead a talk on crosscut sawyering for interested and established sawyers.

Camping:  Campsites at Lake Winfield Scott will be available Friday and Saturday nights, check in at registration for sites, reserve your site on the registration form.  Please arrive before 9:00pm, so as not to disturb others.  The campground is equipped with potable water, hot showers, and flush restrooms. Plan on storing your valuables in your vehicle, or leaving them at home.

Meals: Plan to bring all food and supplies for your time at the Workshop.  You can prepare meals at your tent site or at the pavilion.

Dinner Saturday: GATC will be providing dinner Saturday night.  Please indicate any dietary restrictions on the registration form.

Tools/PPE:  Hard hats and tools will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own

What else to bring:   Please bring water bottles or a hydration pack. Work gloves, long pants and sturdy boots are required to for trail work. Light weight low top hiking shoes are not acceptable for work. Long sleeve shirts are also recommended for trail work.




                                  Friday Sep 24
     3:00pm to 6:00pm Registration

                                  Saturday Sep 25
     8:00am        Registration
     8:00am        Welcome in the Pavilion
     4:00pm        Orientation presentation
                         Sawyering presentation
     5:00pm        Happy hour (byob)
     6:30pm        Dinner in the pavilion

                                  Sunday Sep 26
     8:00am        Classes resume in the field
     4:00pm        Classes over

Registration:        Click here to register, final class assignments wil be made in mid August and you will be advised then regarding your schedule.

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2021-2022 AT Tag Grant Applications Available

GATCNewPlateApplications are now being taken for grants made available for projects on and for the Appalachian Trail in Georgia. The funds that are received through the Georgia AT Tag program will be distributed through a Grant program administered by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  The application deadline this year is August 17, 2021.  You will find the application and other information here. A list of previous Appalachian Trail in Georgia projects that this grant program has funded is located here.

A.T. Vista 2021 Activities - All Are Welcome!

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Benton MacKaye's big idea and the publishing of his article "An Appalachian Trail: A Project in Regional Planning." All 31 trail clubs and the ATC have set aside the weekend of August 7-8, 2021 for the celebration. Find out more here: Learn More.

The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club would like to welcome you to join us on family friendly dayhikes to celebrate the anniversary. The hikes will be guided by our Trail Ambassadors and will be ongoing through out the four-hour period, so come on out, enjoy the scenery and the walk and help celebrate Benton MacKaye's idea of preserving a swath of greenspace along the ridge of these eastern mountains from Georgia to Maine!

The Hikes will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m on both Saturday, August 7, and Sunday, August 8. Each hike will be about two-miles in length, round-trip. Choose between these hikes or, better yet, do them both!

      • Toccoa River Swinging Bridge with a short hike to the summit of Mt. Toonowee. Directions: Toccoa Bridge is accessed from FS 816 which is off of Hwy 60 between Suches and Morganton, parking is at the end of FS 816. Trail Ambassadors will guide you on the short walk to the swinging bridge.
      • Three Forks to Long Falls. Directions: Three Forks parking is accessed from FS 58. From Elijay take Hwy 52 east to Big Creek Road to Doublehead Gap Road, follow north to FS 58 then travel 5 miles to Three Forks. Doublehead Gap Road is also accessible from Hwy 60, north of Suches. Meet our Trail Ambassadors in the parking area.

Register for a hike by clicking this link.

If you still have questions, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to seeing you on the trail!

2019 Georgia AT Tag Winners Announced

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Georgia Appalachian Trail (A.T.) License Plate Grants. This grant program is funded by the thousands of Georgia drivers who purchase or renew their A.T. specialty license plates.

Since 2013, Georgia A.T. specialty tags have generated over $300,000. Of that amount, the volunteer members of ATC’s GA Tag Grant Committee have awarded $193,274 in Georgia A.T. License Plate Grants. We are grateful to our partners who have participated in this grant program, helping to make the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and the countryside it traverses the best it can be. 

For 2019, the grant program awarded $60,000 to fund 18 projects totaling $240,000 (400% leverage) that will help to preserve and protect the A.T. in Georgia. Grant recipients and a brief description of the projects are listed below.

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club received $35,500 for 11 projects:  • Support for Save the Hemlocks initiative on the A.T. in Georgia • Support for GATC’s volunteer Trail Ambassador program • Outreach to bring youth from Atlanta and north Georgia to hike on the A.T. • Wilderness First Aid training for club volunteers • Support for ATC Ridgerunners along the Trail in Georgia • Tools for new A.T. Section Maintainers • Rock tools for A.T. projects • Spring Break Volunteer appreciation items • Sawyer Certification Class for club volunteers

Appalachian Trail Conservancy:  • LatinX Partnership and Training – set up a support systems for Spanish speaking families and groups to feel welcome in the outdoors; host a Leave No Trace and How to Hike the A.T. workshop for Latino Outdoors Coordinators (on the east coast) and Latinx Hikers. • Support the NextGen Forest Ambassador program for GA youth to foster their understanding of and appreciation for public lands in their communities, including the Appalachian Trail.

Blairsville-Union County A.T. Community:  Repair and restore the “History of the A.T. in Georgia” display at Neel Gap

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest:  • Increase monitoring and education on the A.T. in GA through the hiring of a peak season backcountry ranger dedicated to the A.T.  • Purchase tools for trail rehabilitation work on the A.T.

Len Foote Hike Inn: Support for a 2020 youth service learning trip to stay at the Hike Inn, perform trail work on the A.T. Approach Trail, and learn from GATC members.