Appalachian Trail Kick-Off Weekend

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ATKO Weekend

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Every year Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge becomes home to the Appalachian Trail Kick-Off Weekend. For 3 days, hundreds of vendors, hikers of all experience levels and park naturalists come together to trade tails, advice, education and fellowship with one another. The first weekend of March is the official kick-off for those people who want to become the next named thru hikers – an elite group of individuals who have hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia all the way up to Maine without breaks.

Planning to stay the weekend? Call the Lodge at 706-344-1500 to make reservations for rooms, cabins or campsites. The event is free, however all vehicles must possess a $5 Georgia State Park entry pass (or a Georgia State Annual Park Pass) if not staying on property.

Speaker Schedule

Saturday, March 5th

  • 9:00am – Trail Topics with John Cousino
  • 10:00am – Dehydrate It Yourself with Judy Gross
  • 12:00pm – Smart Start at the Arch with Jay Dement
  • 1:00pm – Trail History with Odie
  • 3:00pm – Trail Talk with Mic Lowther
  • 4:00pm – The Majic of the Trail with Miss Janet
  • 4:30pm – Pinhoti Trail with Nebilwil Namad

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2022 ATKO Vendors

Etowah Gear, Trailhead Lodge, Anti-Gravity Gear, Author Jack Layfield, McGyver Maps, Gear Lab, Green Tunnel Podcast, GATC, Light Hear Gear, Erwin Hiker Hostel, ZPack, Goose Foot Gear, ATC, JRB Quilts, Evergreen Adventure Foods, ALDA

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