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Mission & Overview


Georgia Appalachian TrailGeorgia Appalachian Trail Club manages, maintains, and protects the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Georgia with volunteers from its membership and the interested public.

The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club promotes the appreciation of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and natural outdoor places through education and recreational activities, with an emphasis on conservation ethics and protection of the forests, their natural resources and wilderness areas.

About the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club

Since 1930, GATC has protected, managed, maintained, and promoted the Appalachian Trail in Georgia.

We are over 1,000 plus members representing outdoor enthusiasts from every background and almost every segment of society.

Stewards of the Trail
We maintain over 130 miles of trail in Georgia through our Trail Management Program.

Outdoor Recreation
We offer over 100 events each year, including hiking, backpacking, bicycling, canoeing & kayaking, and social activities.

Opportunities for Learning
We teach people the skills to be safe outdoors, enjoy their hiking experience, and be good stewards of the land.

Protecting Our Natural Resources
We advocate for land and river conservation and participate in programs like Adopt-A-Stream.

Engaging the Public
We continue to seek new members through outreach activities like the annual National Trails Day event.

Sharing Information
We offer a variety of ways to stay informed including our month bulletin The Mountaineer, website, email group, and meetings.

To join GATC, visit the Membership section and submit your application.  Membership is effective upon payment of dues.