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)
The 2015 ATKO (Appalachian Trail Kickoff) is an 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, and educate.
The ATKO is NOT an official starting date of any kind,