Atlanta Trails Ambassadors
Atlanta Trails Ambassadors

Chasing miles and miles and miles of adventure.

Our ambassadors are a small team with a big love for the outdoors in Georgia. They’re hikers and trail runners and backpackers and campers and top-notch photographers, all with a shared passion for getting out, having fun, and sharing the #atlantatrails love.

 
Atlanta Trails ambassador Ashley Walsh

Ashley Walsh

@ASHRUNS100S

Hello! My name is Ash. I'm a mom of two with a fiery passion for trails and movement outdoors. I love to run really far, write about my experiences, and snap a lot of pictures, collecting a life full of memories along the way. I believe that adventuring outdoors is the answer to many of life's problems, both big and small! I enjoy bringing friends old and new with me, so if you're ever hungry for some fun while surrounded by nature, drop me a line! I'd love to connect with you!

ASHRUNS100S.COM

Atlanta Trails ambassador Aun O'Brian

Aun O'Brian

@AUNXPHOTOS

Hi, my name is Aun. I love photography and the outdoors, especially hiking and camping. I’ve always wanted to go hiking, but I was afraid to go on my own - but one day, I mentioned hiking to my friend and found out she was interested in hiking. So, we started hiking together and we’ve been hiking now for 3 years. We have so many more adventures ahead of us. My love for photography goes hand in hand with hiking. Our journey has inspired many other people, including friends and family. Our mottos for the trails are 'Leave No Trace' and 'Love and Respect Mother Nature'.

AUNXPHOTOS.COM

Atlanta Trails ambassador Jonathan Hoek

Jonathan Hoek

@THETALLADVENTURER

I am a photographer living in North Georgia. I was born and raised in the mountains and enjoy the outdoors. This style is very evident in my “adventure based” photography. I love getting outside and hiking, biking, and exploring new places, and I will never say no to a good adventure. My love for the outdoors comes from growing up camping and driving through the woods with my family going to different waterfalls and hiking trails throughout North Georgia.

THETALLADVENTURER.GA

Atlanta Trails ambassador Jordan Mahan

Jordan Mahan

@JORDAN_MAHAN

Every chance I can, I love to camp and hike the trails of Georgia with my dog Dany. Usually accompanied by a few friends I do it for the beauty, nature, and peace that seems only available when I can escape to the adventure of the trails. I live just north of Atlanta and in addition to loving nature photography I spend most of my time with the marketing tech firm I co-founded.

 
Atlanta Trails ambassador Justin Hardigree

Justin Hardigree

@JUSTIN.HARDIGREE

I strive to tell stories through photographs. The end result is only part of the fun. The people, places, and experiences I get to see is what makes photography a lifelong passion. I am 23 and based out of Athens, GA. Being outdoors is my favorite thing to do. I like to call my office any place in the world that I currently am. My connection with photographs began from the beginning as far back as I can remember, really getting into it in 2008. I like to think of it not as taking pictures, but rather creating photographs.

JUSTIN-HARDIGREE.COM

Atlanta Trails ambassador Lauren Gates

Lauren Gates

@HEYLAURENGATES

Hey, I’m Lauren! Spending time outdoors has been my favorite escape ever since I was a kid. I have hiked all over the U.S., and in parts of Nepal, Thailand and Kenya. I love the quiet forests and colorful seasons of the southeast – a few of my favorite spots are Raven Cliff Falls, Arabia Mountain and the East Palisades trail system. Max Patch also holds a very special place in my heart. Off the trail, I work at Zoo Atlanta as an Event Coordinator. I'm happy spending every free moment out hiking, camping or kayaking with my pup, Momo.

 
Atlanta Trails ambassador Leigh Germy

Leigh Germy

@THEGUSINATOR

I'm a wanderer at heart, and I grew up all over the midwest, but have found my home in Georgia for the past 13 years. I'm a graphic designer turned photographer, craft beer rep and dog mom to the sweetest special needs Staffordshire Terrier. When I'm not running all around Georgia talking up and drinking Terrapin Beer Co., I find my solace and soul exploring my surroundings on the trail and in the mountains of Southeast.

LEIGHGERMY.COM

Atlanta Trails ambassador Luis Fabian Prato

Luis Fabian Prato

@LFABIAN0326

My love for the Trails truly began 3 years ago after a cycling injury. While desperate to find any kind of activity during my recovery period, I began to research and visit many different trails along north Georgia. It didn’t take long for me to realize that the longer I hiked the better I felt both mentally and spiritually. It was this amazing discovery, combined with my love of photography that enabled me to share my experiences with others through the lens of a GoPro. And now, years after recovery, I keep coming back to the trails on a regular basis while encouraging and empowering others to do the same.

 
Atlanta Trails ambassador Mike Dunn

Mike Dunn

@MIKEDUNNIT

I'm a freelance photographer from Mableton, Ga, and I have been shooting and hiking around the state of Georgia since 2010. I've been featured in the RAW Artists showcase, CBS-46 weathercast, and the @WELOVEATL mobile gallery. When not out hiking and capturing the world, I enjoy lifting weights and playing basketball.

MIKEDUNNIT.COM

Atlanta Trails ambassador Prashant Naik

Prashant Naik

@NAIKONPIXELS

"They say life is best seen with eyes half-closed. For me, however, life is best seen with eyes half-closed on to a camera's viewfinder. Through the lens, I see myriad images, shapes and colors. The unusual. The off-the-cuff. The waylaid and the meandering.” I'm Prashant. I work as a Sr. Systems Analyst for the world's largest commercial airliner. I've been traipsing and trekking the Southern Trails for almost two years now. And what keeps me coming back for more is the sheer beauty of the North Georgia Mountains. Mother Nature has always held me in her sway, and I always look to her to inspire me on my new creative mission. Be it astronomical twilight, or the Milky Way, I'm always looking forward to my next click.

NAIKONPIXELS.COM

Atlanta Trails ambassador Indy the Goldendoodle

Indy the Goldendoodle

@INDYTHEGOLDENDOODLE

Indy is an adventure loving, trail blazing, 4 year old goldendoodle. His favorite hikes to date are all along the Blue Ridge Parkway. In his spare time, he is a top dog model and representative for several companies. Indy loves all people and is a certified therapy dog through Therapy Pets Unlimited. He was recently named 9 Most Important ATLien dogs of Instagram by Creative Loafing and 25 Best Doodles and Poodles on the Internet by Barkpost.

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