“Create and preserve an interconnecting network of trails and ecosystem study areas to increase awareness of the unique Southern Appalachian Mountain natural, cultural, and historical environment and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities.”

The vision for the Mountain Stewards arose in the summer of 2003. A small group who regularly hiked the Southern Appalachian Mountain region began to feel that what they were experiencing on their hikes should be enjoyed by others. Although many old trails existed, most were not marked and did not show up on any map. And although many of these trails came within close proximity to each other, often they did not connect.

The desire to share the richness of the mountain environment and the need to mark and connect trails in order to make them easily available to others led to the creation of the Coalition of Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, Inc.

Officers of the Corporation

Donald Wells – President
____________ – Treasurer
Pat Rush – Secretary

Board of Directors

George Mathews
Howell Kiser
Sister Hood
Haynes Johnson
Robert Anderson – Director Emeritus

New Hiking Trails Created: 36
New Canoe Trails Created: 32
Built New Facilities Valued at over $1,000,000
Initiated the Indian Trail Tree Project
1. Advocate and contribute to the preservation, development, maintenance, enjoyment and appropriate use of trails and open spaces in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
2. Contribute to the preservation and awareness of regional cultural and historical features.
3. Enhance educational opportunities to those who wish to know more about our natural resources.

In 2007, the Mountain Stewards began its Indian Cultural Heritage Program including the Indian Trail Tree Project, The Indian Trails Mapping Program, and the development of the Mystery of the Trees book and documentary. The book was published in December 2011.
The Mountain Stewards is a Georgia Nonprofit Corporation formed on 15 October 2003. The Articles of Incorporation for the organization were filed with the Secretary of State and the organization came into being on 15 October 2003.

The Mountain Stewards is a tax-exempt organization from federal and state income tax under section 501(a) of the IRS Code for organizations described in section 501(c)(3). All contributions to the Mountain Stewards may be deductible on your personal federal and state income tax submittals.

If you would like to become involved in the work of Mountain Stewards, please contact us through the web site or write to us at P.O. Box 1525 Jasper, GA 30143. Contributions can be sent to the same address.