Appalachian Museum Society
On June 8, the Appalachian Museum Society will hold their second annual banquet and Hall of Fame induction. First year inductees included Myron Avery, Gene Espy, Ed Garvey, Benton MacKaye, Arthur Perkins and Earl Shaffer. For more information about the museum and the Hall of Fame induction banquet, see www.atmuseum.org.
The U.S. Forest Service, in collaboration with a variety of forest user groups, has created working group of forest users to develop trail systems within the Forest that meet various user needs, are maintainable on a long-term basis, and are ecologically sustainable. For more information on the initiative and the upcoming workshops, see www.cotrails.org.
GATC recently received a generous donation from a backpacker in Mandeville, LA. Read the letter that accompanied the donation.
The March, 2012 edition of the “The Georgia Mountaineer”, the GATC monthly bulletin, includes an article about “Shelters Along the AT in Georgia” by Marianne Skeen. Read an earlier article on the same topic by Whit Benson from the May, 2005, edition of “Mountaineer”.
Forest Service Road Closures
The Chattahoochee River Road, Forest Road 44, from the Upper Chattahoochee River Campground to Unicoi Gap will be closed to vehicular travel until further notice. This road closure is necessary for public safety due to logging of hazard trees along that section of road.
Forest System Road 26-1, known locally as Wildcat Road, is closed indefinitely in the interest of public safety. Recent heavy rains have caused several slides and other damage along the road. As a result of the road closure, the Lower and Upper Wildcat Creek Campgrounds are also closed. Wildcat Road provides access to popular recreational activities such as fishing and swimming in Wildcat Creek, camping, and access to the Appalachian Trail. The Forest Service is assessing several options to repair damaged sections of the road in a timely manner. Alternative camping locations can be found along the Tallulah River and nearby state and private campgrounds. Forest users wishing to access the Appalachian Trail can access the trail at Dicks Creek Gap Highway 76 or Tray Mountain.
Donnie Kelley named ATC Community Ambassador for Blairsville/Union County
Donnie Kelley has been selected to serve as the volunteer ambassador to the designated Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Community of Blairsville and Union County, Georgia. In this role, he will serve as a community liaison to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the local volunteer club, the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, to bolster volunteerism and stewardship of the Trail at the local level. Read more >>
Presidential Ponderings - May 2012
You may have seen that the AT license tag has a new look. We were notified in the fall that we could create a visual graphic that extended across the entire plate. New GATC member Jeff Supper volunteered to transform the original design to the current one. We all owe him a big THANKS for creating such an eye-catching design. Thanks also goes to Scott Barnes for spearheading the effort to get the tag in Georgia. We worked hard during the legislative session to secure revenue sharing so that the AT would receive a portion of the money spent for the tags – but were unsuccessful for the second year in getting the legislature to pass this legislation. We will need to continue our efforts over the next year and try again in the 2013 session.
AT-Series: Hike the Georgia AT in One Year
Have you ever dreamed of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in Georgia? Maybe hiking the full 75 miles during one trip is too ambitious. Or maybe you'd rather hike with some buddies by day, but sleep in the comfort of your bed at night. Well get out your calendar -- have we got a deal for you!
The A.T.-Series, offered by the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club, offers club members the opportunity to hike the complete Appalachian Trail in Georgia over the course of one year. One day-hike is scheduled each month.
Hikes are open to club members, prospective members and their guests. For information on club membership, see our membership page.
Once you've hiked the entire Georgia A.T., complete the application form and mail $5 to receive the coveted Georgia Thru-Hiker patch.