About Membership


I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.
-Henry David Thoreau 

Nantahala Hiking Club (NHC) members are a diverse group of people with a collective passion for recreation and stewardship.  At our meetings and on our hikes, you will meet families participating together, couples, and individuals, all of whom enjoy the outdoors and want to preserve its beauty and accessibility for future generations.

Most of our members live in North Carolina or Georgia, but we have many members in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and as far away as California.

We aim to build an active membership that engages in club events and responsibilities.  NHC’s participation in a variety of community and outreach activities provides an excellent opportunity to volunteer within the club.  Those members interested in trail maintenance meet at the NHC clubhouse in Franklin on Wednesdays at 8:45 am.

We are a non-profit organization.  All board members serve on a volunteer basis and do not receive any compensation. Your membership dues help support the work of the NHC and its Appalachian Trail maintainers. Membership is open to everyone who shares the club’s commitment to the Appalachian Trail and is interested in the club’s activities.

The membership year runs from July 1st to June 30th.  If you join after April 1st, your membership will remain valid through the next membership year. After joining, you will receive a welcome letter, club fact sheet and NHC decal. Your email address will be added to the club mailing list so you will receive newsletters and notifications.

A note on membership applications:  We are a volunteer-based hiking club, and do not have a staffed office.  Please be patient and allow up to a month for your membership to be processed.