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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!

Amicalola Falls Stairs and West Rim Trail Closed

AFSP TrailsDue to the storm that moved through the area on March 25, Amicalola Falls State Park has closed the stairs adjacent to the falls, as well as the West Rim Trail. This requires a reroute of the Approach Trail when leaving the park's Visitor Center. Hikers to the Top of the Falls will need to follow signs for the East Rim Trail, then join the Approach Trail at the Len Foote HIke Inn parking lot.

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.