• 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 Alaina McCay

    Alaina McCay

    @ALAINAMCCAY

    I am a backpacking junky who loves remote, beautiful campsites. I will hike 20 miles just for the perfect campsite. My dad always inspired me to get outdoors and it has stuck with me throughout adulthood. I have backpacked all of the AT in Georgia, and extensively throughout the Southeast. Traveling is my passion. Every time I see an amazing photograph of Mother Nature that inspires me, I’m determined to see that place with my own eyes. And then I’m off planning my next adventure!

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Andrew Norcia

    Andrew Norcia

    @A.WESOMEJ.OURNEY

    Hi, I’m A.J. That’s short for Andrew James and I grew up here in Atlanta. I’m an avid backpacker with a passion for photography. I spend days trekking deep into the wilderness with nothing more than I can carry in a backpack. These backcountry adventures allow me to capture unique moments in some of the most beautiful places in the world. I’ve traveled far and wide, but my roots are here in Georgia and I’m excited to share my adventures with you!

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Aun Johnsonn

    Aun Johnson

    @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 Austin Rapp

    Austin Rapp

    @FALKIRKSHIRE

    My name is Austin and I’m a backpacker, mountain biker, and trail runner from Atlanta. I try to get outside every day if possible, even if I’m not taking a camera! My goal is to encourage and educate others to explore the world around them while inspiring people to pursue memorable and meaningful experiences outdoors.

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Brandi Britain

    Brandi Britain

    @MAGIC_PHALANGES

    My name is Brandi and for my job I work in radio, but I am a wanderer at heart. A few years ago, I started spending almost every moment off the air either hiking or camping and I’m close to marking off every peak in Georgia that I climb. I have a passion for nature and documenting it not only through the power of our photos, but also through watercolors. I hike with a watercolor kit and love to paint on each trail for a souvenir (and if I get good enough, free gifts for the family!)

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Cara Hurlburt

    Cara Hurlburt

    @CARAHEBELING

    I grew up in Florida always on or near the water, but the mountains were always intriguing. After I moved to Georgia 10 years ago, I cautiously began exploring and now I can’t stop. I hike every chance I get even if that means 1 mile after work in the evening. I love everything North Georgia has to offer from the Chattahoochee to the Blue Ridge Mountains but I won’t pass up the chance to hike out west either! I believe in making the outdoors accessible and non-intimidating and try to accomplish that through my candid photos and honest commentary on my own adventures (and mis-adventures). I love to hike solo or with my husband and 2 rescue dogs.

    WEEKNIGHTHIKER.COM

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Carlos Sorto

    Carlos Sorto

    @IMLOSO

    Hi, my name is Carlos and I am an avid adventurer and photographer. I love being outside exploring, relaxing, adventuring, and capturing it all. The photos and memories are what keep me dreaming throughout the week when I’m stuck in my cube working. I also love sharing these experiences with friends and my favorite adventure is always the next one.

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Connor Paton

    Connor Paton

    @CONNORJPATON

    Hey! My name’s Connor. I’m 25 and a Georgia native. I’ve always been interested in hiking and the outdoors, but have just recently picked up a love for landscape photography over the last couple of years.

    I enjoy hiking all across the country, but there’s something special about hiking in the Southeast. My favorite spot in Georgia is the hike to Bearden Falls just south of Springer Mountain.

    CONNORPATON.COM

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Courtney Whyte

    Courtney Whyte

    @CWHYTE6

    Hi! My name is Courtney, and I’m a Georgia transplant by way of New Jersey. I moved to the Atlanta area 4 years ago and quickly realized my passion for the outdoors. Having so many accessible parks and trails has encouraged me to get outside with my camera, and I discovered my love of nature photography in the process. There are too many trails in the Southeast to pick a favorite, but I’m a fan of anywhere that includes a waterfall!

  • 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.

    INDY ON FACEBOOKINDY ON TWITTER

  • 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 Josh Wolf

    Josh Wolf

    @JSH_WOLF

    Hi! I’m Josh. If you see me around you can be sure that I’ll have my camera and my, not so little pup, Rhen. I want share stories and images of nature that inspire, encourage and empower people to be outside. I grew up in an outdoorsy, military family that was always traveling – from the jungles of the Republic of Panama to the beaches of Bermuda to the Andes Mountains. I moved to Georgia after high school and fell in love with Appalachian Mountains the first time I set eyes on them.

  • 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 ambassadors Tuan Anh and Kaleigh Cauble

    Kaleigh and Tuan Anh Cauble

    @THECAUBLELIFE

    Hi there! We are Tuan Anh and Kaleigh Cauble, a married duo born and raised in the good ole state of Georgia. We actually found our love for hiking/backpacking right after we got married, and soon found a love for it. We turned our passion in to a blog, where we detail our favorite hikes, as well as how to live a positive lifestyle! Our motto is “the pursuit IS happiness” because we want to enjoy the journey we are on, not just await the outcome! If you can’t find us around the burbs or Atlanta, then you can guarantee that we are hitting the trails!

    THECAUBLELIFE.COM

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Karina Walls

    Karina Walls

    @KARINA_IRENE

    Hey, Karina Irene here! I grew up blazing trails with my sister around the creek behind our house and playing in the iron-rich red clay of Georgia. The more dirt I was covered in, the happier I was and honestly, not much has changed since. I spend my free time out on the trails with Annie Hall, my best friend and the lankiest Yellow Lab in existence. Each step of the trail fascinates and excites me, from different rock types and plant species to the sweeping vistas or waterfalls waiting at the end, from the peaks of the Appalachian Mountains to the swamps, marshes, and beaches of the Coastal Plain!

  • 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 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 Melissa Brown

    Melissa Brown

    @WAYWARD.WYNND

    Born and raised in the South, the Appalachians have always captivated my imagination. My favorite weekend escape is to my family’s Franklin, NC cabin where I can easily access Asheville, GSMNP, Cherokee, and the North Georgia Mountains. When I’m not exploring the South or backpacking in the Smokies, you can find me inexpensively traveling to US National Parks or somewhere in the world to hike and photograph new landscapes and cultures. With a BA in Journalism and a minor in photography, it’s my mission to inspire people of all races, genders, and cultures to get up, get out, and explore!

  • 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 Moshe Bari

    Moshe Bari

    @MOSHEBARI

    Hi! I’m Moshe. I’m a Georgia native who loves hiking and exploring the wonders this state has to offer, as well as any other places I can get to. I got into landscape photography when I purchased my first camera at 13. Since then, as I’ve tried to hone my skills, photography has become an essential part of my experience outdoors. I hope to inspire others to find the same joy in exploring the outdoors that I found, and there’s always more to see!

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Nicholas Randall

    Nicholas Randall

    @NICKRND93

    Hey, I’m Nick and I’m 25 years young and currently live in Cartersville, GA. I’m extremely passionate about the great outdoors and photography. I picked up photography around May of 2017 and can’t seem to put it down. I’ve always had a love for the outdoors and being adventurous by any means. When i’m off work, i’m usually outside exploring somewhere with my girlfriend or researching my next adventure. Some of my favorite places in the state of Georgia include Brasstown Bald for its amazing sunrise and beautiful views of the milky way, Yonah Mountain for the awesome camping and extremely beautiful sunsets, and Cloudland Canyon for the sheer beauty and the many waterfalls. Be sure to say hey if you see me out there!

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Nick Walsh

    Nick Walsh

    @_SHOOTNICK_

    Nicholas Walsh is a adventure photojournalist from the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. The son of an avid outdoorsman father and a mother with a love for education, he sought to wander his home from an early age. With passions for snowboarding, cross-country skiing, surfing, and whitewater paddling developing before his seventh birthday, it became clear that both a personal and professional life spent outdoors and abroad would be in his future. The mantra Nick developed over the years is geared with the intent to help others evolve semblance of oneness with the natural world and a healthy respect for the maintenance of its existence. If this is conveyed to any one individual through his imagery, or writing, then in his own words, “I’ve done my job.” Nick is a freelance photojournalist, based in Atlanta, Georgia with professional affiliations to several media and photographic production companies.

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Ryan Pridgeon

    Ryan Pridgeon

    @RBPRIDGEON

    I’m an aspiring travel and landscape photographer who is currently attending the University of Georgia. Some other photographers I’m inspired by include Jannik Obenhoff, Benjamin Hardman, and Alex Strohl. I started following a few of these adventurers on Instagram a few years ago, and this ultimately got me outside. To the contrary of a lot of other people, I love to camp and hike in cold, foggy, and rainy environments. I find that these environments resonate with me well and often times create the best photographs. Lastly, I do love to explore in Georgia, but the Smoky’s have a special place in my heart.

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Shelby DeCusati

    Shelby DeCusati

    @WILD.WANDERESS

    Hey, I’m Shelby! The mountains may have really done a number on me. Being outdoors is one of my greatest passions and I have been hiking for years. While I am no expert, I have found so much inspiration and motivation in these adventures. Visiting so many extraordinary places, I have come to realize I not only have more to learn about hiking- but also about myself. My hope is that as I continue to share my experiences with friends, family, and others that I am able to inspire people to explore the positive emotional, physical, and spiritual benefits that nature can provide.

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Spencer Hutto

    Spencer Hutto

    @THEGEORGIANHIKER

    Hiking is a relatively new pastime of mine, and over just the last year, I’ve developed a tremendous passion for exploring the outdoors on foot and capturing some of the awesome views witnessed with my camera. I especially love the state of Georgia, and all of the hiking opportunities its very diverse geography provides (mountains, canyons, beach, swamps). I’m devoted to helping others see the natural beauty of this state (as well as a few other places) and to thereby hopefully encourage them to get out and see more of it too! When I’m not hiking in Georgia, I might be in western North Carolina or out trying to see our national parks.

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Trevor Jones

    Trevor Jones & Kaya

    @TREVORJONES5
    @THE_ADVENTURES_OF_KAYA

    Hey! My name is Trevor. I live a north of Atlanta and I have always had a love for being outdoors. I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, and long backpacking trips throughout the wilderness and all over the world with my pup, Kaya. Discovering new places, nature, new cultures, and what they have to offer is a hobby that will always present endless opportunites for me throughout my life. Adventure and Landscape photography is another passion of mine that allows me to easily convey the beauty of the places I go so that I can encourage others to get out and do the same. My favorite places to visit in Georgia are Jacks River Falls and the Blood Mountain Wilderness area. When I’m not on the trails, you can catch me studying medicine and working as a Chemist.

  • Atlanta Trails ambassador Vanessa DeCollibus

    Vanessa DeCollibus

    @BEACHISHI

    I am a recent resident of Georgia and developed my passion for the great outdoors after my husband took me on a camping trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. I’ve been taking pics of everything since I was a teen, buying disposable camera’s before shooting film camera and then digital. I try to hit a trail as often as I can to disconnect from the everyday hustle. When I’m not hiking, I’m either out on the water with my kayak or shooting my Olympic recurve.

 
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