The southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, cloaked in green foliage and draped in tumbling waterfalls. The southernmost end of the Appalachian Trail. The majestic Smoky Mountains. Wind-swept coastal barrier islands, Spanish moss-draped swamps, coastal plains, and chiseled canyons. There’s a whole lot of outdoor beauty in the South, and we’re on a mission to inspire our community to get out, get active, and explore it all.
There’s a fairly common misconception that the outdoor culture isn’t strong in the South, and that the outdoor community is all about our nation’s other coast. We don’t believe that notion, at all. To our community, our forests and mountains and rivers and coastlines are not only local and easily accessible, they’re also remarkably beautiful.
2019 is our tenth year publishing Atlanta Trails. Since 2009, our site has helped over six million users find over twenty-two million adventures. We’ve got a serious passion for the outdoors, and want to share that passion with our growing community every chance we get.
We’re a small team of two with a shared belief that something special happens when today’s always-connected, high-stress society spends some quality time on a trail. Several hours or several days in the outdoors works wonders to melt away stress, whether it’s running a 5k, scoring a summit sunset, or waking up in a tent to the day’s first golden rays. There’s just nothing better than disconnecting from the internet and connecting back to the land that we’re so lucky to call home.
Eric Champlin is our founder, a former advertising creative director. Rob Sollie is our co-founder, a former landscape architect. We started publishing Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails to share our favorite hikes with our friends over the past eight years. And we recently launched Trailful, our new project that highlights our favorite outdoor gear and apparel, all trail-tested and proven to be fully Southern-worthy.
Learn more about who we are and why we love doing what we do in our story.
Our mission is to deliver the absolute best and most detailed info on trails in the South. And our goal is to help our community find a great trail and get the most out of every adventure. Our sites include features that most other publishers skip: interactive trail maps, directions, elevation profiles, original photography, and detailed trail descriptions. And throughout our sites, we include really important guidance on how to Leave No Trace, what to pack for each adventure, and how to practice good trail etiquette.
To us, it’s not just about getting people out. It’s about getting them out with as much information as possible, and a mindset to help preserve and protect the places that they love.
We give back to our community whenever we can. We’ve sponsored the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series, a bunch of races and running events in Atlanta, and the Georgia Trail Summit. We donate a percentage our earnings each year to Leave No Trace. We donate our time to trail-related non-profits and advocacy organizations. We encourage our readers to support organizations like the Friends of Georgia State Parks and give back through trail cleanups and volunteer organizations. And we’re only getting started.
To help support other local Southern businesses, we recently brought production of our Atlanta Trails shirts, apparel and goods locally here to the South. Our shirts are printed in Atlanta, our hats are stitched in North Carolina, and our goods are made in the North Georgia Mountains. Every purchase from our store helps keep our websites free for everyone to use. And we donate a percentage from every sale to Leave No Trace, to help further their important education on how to use the wilderness responsibly.
We love to collaborate with other Georgia-based small business, destination marketing organizations, and anyone who shares our passion for growing awareness of our state’s incredible lands and resources. Email us at [email protected].
Atlanta Trails, Asheville Trails and Trailful are published by Summit19 Studio LLC, 101 South Main Street Suite 8 #310, Hiawassee, Georgia, 30546.