Are you an aspiring 2015 Appalachian Trail "thru-hiker" - or have you just DREAMED of hiking this world famous scenic trail ? Come to the "ATKO" (Appalachian Trail Kick-off) and try to increase your odds of getting from HERE all the way to Mt. Katahdin , Maine ! (2,186 miles / 14 states north of nearby Springer Mountain ... the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail)
This annual event has been held at Amicalola Falls State Park for the last 14 years - where "AT" experts, authors, vendors, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, hiking clubs / organizations and "newbie" and veteran hikers alike - ALL congregate in one place - at one time - to meet, greet, educate and give the north-bound "thru-hiking" class of 2014 the send off of a lifetime !