Dahlonega, Georgia
Southern Gateway to the Appalachian Trail

The vernal equinox marks the first day of spring. In 2015, the equinox occurs on March 20, right in the middle of the NOrthBOunder kickoff season at Springer Mountain. Come join us in Dahlonega as we celebrate the beginning of spring, Dahlonega's designation as an AT Trail Community and our connection with the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Trail Fest is a project of the Yahoola Trails Conservancy.

All vendors, manufacturer's reps, and non-profit and informational groups interested in a booth, contact for an application.

Interested in becoming a Trail Fest Partner? Click here for partnership opportunities.

To donate to the Dahlonega Trail Fest, click here.

Volunteer for Trail Fest here and receive a free Grub Tent meal with each 4 hour shift

Check out our fantasic Silent Auction this year.
Over a thousand dollars of camping equipment, outdoor crafts, and other goodies.
Credit cards accepted.

Check out our 10k Trail/road run and 5k road run/walk.

Please consider donating your lightly used, but no longer wanted, footwear. Shoes or boots. WAMMS will be conducting the 4th annual Trail Fest shoe drive to distribute shoes to those who need them. Drop off at the WAMMS booth at Trail Fest.
links will become active when info is added
10k/5k Runs
Images from 2012 Trail Fest
A Look Around Dahlonega
Trail Fest Merchandise
Silent Auction
T Shirts
Information Booths
Craft Vendors
Equipment Vendors
Food/Wine and Beer Garden
Activities and Hikes
Past 2000 Miler Wall of Fame
2015 2000 Miler Challenge Wall

Mildred Norman Ryder
Mildred Norman Ryder's 1952 AT Thru Hike
In honor of the 63nd anniversay of Mildred Norman Ryder's first female thru hike of the AT in 1952, Trail Fest is partnering with Walk a Mile in My Shoes for a Community Shoe Drive. We will collect gently used shoes during the Trail Fest and donate them to local charities in Dahlonega. WAMMS founder DonnaChristine Park, The Little Ol' Lady AND the SHOES, will be here from Arizona and at the collection booth in the park. Save those shoes you no longer wear and bring them to Trail Fest! If you are a local church, school, or other group, you can email us at for pickup of donated shoes.

  Latest updates: New: Program, T SHIRT page now on!, New Silent Auction page, Now have Food and Beer and Wine Garden info, 2015 Thru hiker Wall of Fame
Site updated on March 23

Interested in volunteering? Click here

Past 2000 Milers please click here and sign our Wall of Fame.

2015 2000 Milers please click here and sign our Challenge Wall.

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vendors row
Vendor's Row at the 2012 Dahlonega Trail Fest

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Site updated on March 23, 2015
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