Who We Are

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This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - General spokesperson for the Club. Serves as liaison for Club with the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Natural Resources and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Chairs Board of Directors meetings. Brings to the board issues originating with the membership or general public.

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:33

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Conservation

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The Appalachian Trail is a beloved American icon, but the trail faces continual threats and needs constant attention to conserve its beautiful vistas, cultural landmarks, and rare and endangered species for future generations. Georgia Appalachian Trail Club participates in the following conservation initiatives to help preserve the trail for generations to come.

Public Participation in Proposed Actions

Public Participation in Proposed ActionsGeorgia Appalachian Trail Club systematically monitors proposed Forest Service projects and Special Use Permits issues to determine if they will impact any of the followings areas of concern. All responses submitted to the Forest Service are maintained on file for future reference.

  • The Appalachian Trail or any recognized and maintained side trails
  • The Appalachian Trail experience
  • Other hiking trails and areas in the national forest that GATC members may frequent
  • Issues of general concern to the hiking community’s use of the national forest.

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Education

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Tap into the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club knowledge bank and learn from our 800 members who share their experience and technical expertise on outdoor recreation, conservation, and of course, all things related to the Appalachian Trail.  Or volunteer to lead a class on one of your favorite topics.

National Trails Day

GATC Outdoor ClassesNational Trails Day, created by the American Hiking Society and taking place on the first Saturday in June, inspires the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops, and trail work projects.

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Recreation

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Georgia Appalachian Trail Club hosts more than 100 activities each year for club members and prospective members.  Pre-registration is required, as some locations limit the number of daily visitors.  Descriptions below offer a glimpse of the available activities.  Please see the calendar of events for more details.

Day Hikes

Friends hiking the Georgia ATWhat's your favorite time of year to hike in the woods?  Spring, summer, fall, winter?  We've got you covered.  Kick-off the New Year with a hike to the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness Area in North Carolina, or stay closer to home with our Intown Series hike to Laurel Ridge Trail.  With all of the hikes we offer, you're sure to find one that's just right for you, no matter which season you love.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 January 2013 21:14

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Trail Management

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Georgia Appalachian Trail Club MaintenanceThe Georgia Appalachian Trail Club and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have a long-standing partnership to manage and maintain the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.

The USFS furnishes supplies, materials, equipment, and expertise regarding statutory and regulatory guidelines, and the GATC furnishes volunteer labor for construction and maintenance of the AT.

With Appalachian Trail Conservancy support, GATC also furnishes supplies and materials for construction projects. Since 1979, GATC has corrected specific erosion problems with waterbars, log or rock steps and cribbing, grade dips or minor relocations so as to harden the entire Georgia Trail.

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