Appalachian Trail Community™

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The Appalachian Trail Community™ program is designed to recognize communities that promote and protect the Appalachian Trail (A.T.).  Towns, counties, and communities along the A.T.’s corridor are considered assets by A.T. hikers and many of these towns act as good friends and neighbors to the Trail. The program serves to assist communities with sustainable economic development through tourism and outdoor recreation, while preserving and protecting the A.T.

Georgia is fortunate to have five such communities designated along the A.T. corridor:  Ellijay/Gilmer County, Dahlonega, Blairsville/Union County, Helen/White County, and Hiawassee/Towns County.

Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community™ and participation in the program is aimed to:

  • Engage community citizens, Trail visitors and stewards
  • Recognize and thank communities for their service to the Trail and hikers
  • Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
  • Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
  • Help local community members see the Trail as a resource and asset

These communities offer a variety of restaurant and lodging options, services for thru-hikers (i.e. laundry and post office), and resupply outlets, as well as an overall "hiker friendly" environment.  We encourage hikers to consider patronizing the businesses in these communities that support the Trail and the Trail community.