Dahlonega, Georgia
Southern Gateway to the Appalachian Trail

2018 Activities

Activities around Dahlonega. Check back for more as we add them.


Special Edition
AT and Outdoor Adventure Trivia
at Shenanigans Irish Pub
8-10 pm Thursday, September 6
Test your knowledge of all things Camping
All questions will be about the AT, Camping, Hiking, Boating, etc
Two rounds of trivia, $20 awarded to first place for each round plus camping related door prizes!

Hosted by GATC Trails Supervisor Tom Lamb
and AT thru hiker Murray Lamb

Come on into town on Thursday night
and put your Camping expertise to the test at
Camping Trivia Night at Shenanigans Irish Pub

appalachian outfitters
Canoe/Kayak/Inner Tube the
Chestatee River

Appalachian Outfitters
Trips on your own Saturday and Sunday
Take a 2 1/2 hour float on this Class I river one mile from the downtown square.

Located beside the camping area.

Tubing trips take 30-45 minutes and take out at the Trail Fest camping venue. Repeat trips permitted in same day.

Appalachian Outfitters is having their annual Canoe & Kayak sale on Satuday of Trail Fest. See details at:

Ramrock Mtn
Non-guided Hikes
Appalachian Trail
Woody Gap to
Ramrock Mountain
Woody Gap to
Preachers Rock

On Your Own
Always wanted to hike on the famed and historic Appalachian Trail? You are only a short drive away from two very scenic sections of the AT. Go on your own and park at the paved parking lot at Woody Gap with pit toilets. Leaving from Woody Gap and going south to Ramrock Mountain, then back to Woody Gap, a distance of 2.5 miles. Ascend Ramrock Mountain with spectacular views to the south. On a clear day, you can see the skyscrapers of Atlanta and Stone Mountain 70 miles away! For a longer hike, continue on to Gooch Gap and back for a round trip distance of 7 miles.

OR leave Woody Gap and go north ascending to the spectacular view at Preachers Rock then return to Woody Gap, a distance of 3 miles.

If you are interested in these hikes or others in the area, check at the Trail Fest Booth for directions or answers to questions. Information provided by Trail Fest for those who would like to hike the AT, but this is not a Trail Fest sponsored activity.


REI pump track
Mountain Biking
Pump Track Experience
South Side of the Square on Adventure Row
Saturday and Sunday
Would you like to try mountain biking in downtown Dahlonega?  Join REI as we bring our 50 meter mountain bike pump track to the Dahlonega Trail Fest.  Don't have a bike?  You can demo a Ghost Brand full suspension mountain bike!

pump track

pump track
REI boating
Kayak and Paddleboard Demos
Lake Zwerner
Saturday and Sunday
Join REI at Lake Zwerner during the Dahlonega Trailfest.  We will be having free kayak and stand up paddleboard demos all day on Saturday and Sunday. Get free tips on paddling from REI Outdoor School instructors.  All equipment will be provided.

REI boating

REI boating

Outside World Outfitters
Kayak Demos

Lake Zwerner
Saturday and Sunday

Demo kayaks from some of the biggest names in the industry like Hobie, Jackson, Nucanoe, and Bonafide. The knowledgeable staff of Outside World Outfitters will help you learn all there is to know about your favorite kayaks, and discover new water-crafts that will allow you to explore and experience new waterways and adventures. Come on out and join them at Dahlonega Trail Fest for a paddle on the lake!


climbing wall
Portable Rock Wall
South Side of the Square on Adventure Row
Saturday 10:00-5:00

Scale a 27 foot climbing wall in Downtown Dahlonega! There are five belay stations and we provide professional guides, harnesses, and other equipment.

climbing wall
AT walk
REI Appalachian Trail Experience
North Park Street
Saturday and Sunday

You can be an AT thru-hiker! Visit the AT Experience at Dahlonega Trail Fest. The AT experience is a 100 foot long interactive map of the Appalachian Trail. Learn about all of the states along the AT and get your photo on top of Mount Katahdin when you finish!

AT walk

connectability run
5K/10K Run
ConnectAbility 5K and 10K Run
Around Dahlonega
Saturday 8:00 am 5K/10K
9:00 am Fun Run
Get ready for the best race you've ever experienced! The ConnectAbility 5k/10k is much more than a race ­ it's a morning of fun for the family that supports families impacted by disabilities.

100% of the proceeds from the race support ConnectAbility, a community not for profit organization giving purpose to children and adults with special needs and support for their families.

This activity is conducted by ConnectAbility, Inc., an organization committed to encourage, enrich, empower and equip children and adults with disabilities, their families, care providers and the communities in which they live, and is not affiliated with the Dahlonega Trail Fest.

Get info on the run here:

connectability run

connectability run

Zombie Camels
Mountain Bike Ride
Bull and Jake Mountain Mountain Bike Trails
Jake Mountain Trailhead
Sunday 9:30 am
Zombie Camels MTB Club is a social mountain bike club for all ages, genders and abilities. But we are more than a group of random bikers; we are a family of mountain bike enthusiasts who share a common passion.  With hundreds of active members, Zombie Camels is the premier social mountain bike club in your area.

As part of the Dahlonega Trail Fest celebrations, Zombie Camels will lead a group MTB ride at Bull and Jake Mountain.

The Bull/Jake trail system is an IMBA Epic trail with plenty of climbs and awesome creek crossings.  A must do for any local biker.

The group will meet at the Jake MTB Parking lot Sunday morning and ride out at 9:30 in 3 groups of skill levels:  Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner+ (sorry, no true beginner since all sections have some technical features.

  • The Advanced ride will total 20-25 miles with dual mountain climbs.

  • The Intermediate ride will total 13-16 miles with one mountain climb.

  • The Beginner+ ride will total 9-11 miles with rolling hills.

  • Check out the Zombie Camels table at Trail Fest, then ride on Sunday morning.  Meet back up at the festival afterwards to enjoy the beverage tent and other festivities.

    Zombie Camels
    trail workers
    Trail Service Project
    Service Project at Jake Mountain Trail
    Jake Mountain Trailhead
    Saturday 8:45-12:00
    Join REI, Northeast Georgia SORBA, Chattahoochee Trail Horse Association, and the US Forest Service for trail work at Jake and Bull Mountain during the Dahlonega Trail Fest! This is a fun work day and a great way to volunteer and give back to the outdoor trails we love. No experience is necessary. Everyone is invited including groups and families. We will be providing lunch, drinks, a free t-shirt, and a great day of volunteering! All tools will be provided. Please wear long pants closed-toe shoes. Bring work gloves and a hard hat or bike helmet if you have one.

    After the service project, head down to the square at the Dahlonega Trail Fest for food, drinks, and outdoor activities. Every volunteer over the age of 21 will also receive a free drink ticket for the Trail Fest beer tent!

    trail workers

    reservoir trail
    Running Shoe Demo
    Demo Running Shoes
    Lake Zwerner Trail
    Saturday 1:00-3:00 pm
    Sunday 1:00-3:00
    Join Dahlonega Mountain Sports at Lake Zwerner on Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm - 3 pm to test out Topo Athletic shoes and Wrightsocks (and keep the socks!).

    reservoir trail

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    Updated on August 31, 2018