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
appear on any map.
The desire to share the richness of the mountain environment and the need to mark trails to make
them easily available to others led to the creation of the Coalition of Southern Appalachian Mountain
Stewards, Inc. with the vision:
Create and preserve an interconnecting network of trails and ecosystem study areas for
increasing awareness of the unique Southern Appalachian Mountain natural, cultural and
historical environment and for providing outdoor recreational opportunities.
By the end of the summer of 2003, the vision became a working plan to establish the Mountain
Stewards as a nonprofit organization with the Mission:
• Advocate and contribute to the preservation, development, maintenance, enjoyment and
approproate use of trails and open spaces in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
• Contribute to the preservation and awareness of regional cultural and historical features.
• Enhance educational opportunities for 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 Mountain Stewards is a 501(c)(3), tax-exempt charitable nonprofit corporation. All contributions
to the Mountain Stewards may be deductible on your personal federal and state income tax as
provided by law.
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