Georgia Mountain Trail Fest 2023

April 22, 2023
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April 22, 2023
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Saturday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

This is the festival where the Georgia trails community comes together — hikers, mountain bikers, kayakers, trail runners, equestrians, campers, jeep and RV enthusiasts — everyone is welcome! We will have multiple trail related vendors, educational trail talks, food trucks, local hard cider, and craft beer, and more.

location

Join us at the beautiful Harrison Park in Ellijay, GA. The day will start with the annual Sasquatch Strut 5k and Fun Run at 8 a.m. followed by educational trail talks, vendors, food trucks, and more.
Hard Cider from Ellijay's Reece's Cider, Co. and local north Georgia craft beer from Cartecay River Brewing Co.

Ellijay is located 75 minutes north of Atlanta and 60 minutes from Marietta,
easy access from Highway 515 and to the beautiful mountains of North Georgia.

how much

This event is free, however, donations will be appreciated.

bigfoot

AND, YES, BIGFOOT WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE! And he's not going to be his usual shy self — we promise he'll be available for you to take a #BIGFOOTSELFIE.

Partner with us!

Become a Sponsor

Connect your brand to an amazing cause — celebrating the outdoors and better trails for all! Sponsor booth optional.

Become a Vendor

Bring your art, your products, your information, or your delicious food and beverages to hundreds of trail-enthusiasts!

Become a Volunteer

Help us make the event a success! All volunteers get a complimentary beverage ticket!

Schedule of events

Sasquatch Strut 5k and Fun Run

April 22, 2023
8:00 am
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9:00 am

5K Run and Fun Run at Harrison Park in Ellijay, GA. Come for the 5k and then stay to attend the FREE Georgia Mountain Trail Fest. Trail talks, vendors, and more. Enjoy local beer and cider!

Gilmer County Public Safety

April 22, 2023
9:00 am
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10:00 am

Search and Rescue details and demonstrations and Trail Safety

Gerald Hodge with Appalachia Georgia Friends of the Bears

April 22, 2023
10:00 am
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11:00 am

The Appalachia Georgia Friends of the Bears’ mission is to reduce Human / Bear conflict through proactive educational outreach programs, increase public awareness about coexisting with black bears, the use of humane bear deterrents, and advocacy.

Mark Warren - Small Group Nature Walk - 10am

April 22, 2023
10:00 am
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11:00 am

Mark will offer two small group nature walks called "Through the Eyes of the Cherokee." An easy walk to learn about the gifts of nature that supplied the Cherokee with their everyday needs. You must sign up in person at the festival at Mark Warren's booth (a maximum of 20 participants per walk).

Benton Mackaye Trail Association

April 22, 2023
11:00 am
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11:15 am

The ceremony and ribbon cutting to officially welcome Ellijay, East Ellijay, and Gilmer County as a Benton Mackaye Trail Town. Community dignitaries will be present for the ceremony. All are welcome and encouraged to join us!

Benton Mackaye Trail Association

April 22, 2023
11:15 am
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12:00 pm

To preserve, protect, and maintain the Benton MacKaye Trail. We will be giving you updates on exciting things happening with the Benton MacKaye Trail both locally and nationally.

Mark Warren

April 22, 2023
12:00 pm
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1:00 pm

Mark Warren, an award-winning writer and naturalist, composer, novelist, and director of the nationally renowned wilderness school, Medicine Bow will be sharing his knowledge from our Trail Fest stage.

Anne Van Curen as Grandma Gatewood

April 22, 2023
1:00 pm
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2:00 pm

Actress Anne Van Curen transforms into Emma "Grandma" Gatewood to describe what it was like to be the first woman to solo hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955. The dramatization is based off of the book "Grandma Gatewood's Walk", which was written from accounts of Gatewood's surviving family members,

Georgia Appalachian Trail Club

April 22, 2023
2:00 pm
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3:00 pm

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

Mark Warren - Small Group Nature Walk - 3pm

April 22, 2023
3:00 pm
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4:00 pm

Mark will offer two small group nature walks called "Through the Eyes of the Cherokee." An easy walk to learn about the gifts of nature that supplied the Cherokee with their everyday needs. You must sign up in person at the festival at Mark Warren's booth (a maximum of 20 participants per walk).

Food & Drink

Vendors

Sponsors

A.T. Springer Mountain Level

Benton Mackaye Level

Pinhoti Trail Level

Three Rivers Level

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Sponsorship level details

We're so honored you're considering sponsoring this project! Learn about our sponsorship levels below and please reach out to gamtntrailspartnership if you have questions. Remember Georgia Mountain Trails Partnership is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Our letter to Sponsors
$5,000
Appalachian Trail - Springer Mountain Level

• Listed as primary event sponsor (Billed as "GMTF, Presented by YOUR NAME")

• Logo and link included on all web presence

• Promotion on website and social media

• Logo on all printed materials

• Free 10x10 booth spaces

• Frequent recognition on stage throughout the event

$2,500
Benton Mackaye Level

• Logo and link included on all web presence

• Promotion on website and social media

• Logo on all printed materials

• Free 10x10 booth space

• Frequent recognition on stage throughout the event

$1,000
Pinhoti Trail Level

• Logo and link included on all web presence

• Promotion on website and social media

• Secondary logo sizing on all printed materials

• Free 10x10 booth space

• Frequent recognition on stage throughout the event

$500
Three Rivers Level

• Secondary logo sizing included on all web presence

• Link to company promotion on website and social media

• Logo on promotional flyer

• Free 10x10 booth space

• Frequent recognition on stage throughout the event

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