The Chattahoochee National Forest with 750,000 acres, 10 wilderness areas, 1,367 miles of trout streams, and 430 miles of hiking trails is a nature lover’s paradise in Georgia. Breathtaking views, blue skies, and clear streams are the qualities that draw people to the North Georgia Mountains. The Blue Ridge District is located in the mountain counties of Fannin, Lumpkin, Gilmer, Towns, and Union. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of projects on the District.
There are many other ways to volunteer on the Blue Ridge Ranger District. Trail maintenance is one such volunteer opportunity. The District has several organized trail clubs who help maintain a wide range of trail types. These groups welcome folks who would like to help out on one of their regular workdays, or who might be interested in becoming a club member. Below is a list of these groups and their contact information:
The Georgia Appalachian Trail Club (GATC)
The GATC helps manage, maintain and protect the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and associated connecting trails in Georgia, utilizing volunteers from its membership and the interested public. Educational and recreation activities of the GATC focus on conservation ethics and protection of the forest resource.
Voice Mail: (404) 494-0968
The Benton Mackaye Trail Association (BMTA)
The BMTA helps manage and maintain the Benton Mackaye Trail, a long-distance route of over 300 miles in Georgia and Tennessee. They welcome help from interested individuals or groups.
Use the “Contact Us” link on their website to express interest, and they will respond to you.
The Mountain High Hikers (MHH)
The MHH help manage and maintain a variety of trails in both the Chattahoochee National Forest and the neighboring Nantahala National Forest. Non-club volunteers are welcome to attend workdays.
Maintenance info and trips schedules are found on the website.