Dahlonega, Georgia
Southern Gateway to the Appalachian Trail

2019 Activities

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


Special Edition
AT and Outdoor Adventure Trivia
at Shenanigans Irish Pub
7-9 pm Thursday, September 5
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.

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.


Outside World Outfitters
Kayak Demos

Lake Zwerner
Saturday and Sunday

Come visit Outside World Outfitters at the Dahlonega Reservoir! We will have a wide selection of kayaks to test out from the fast and efficient Mirage Drive Hobie kayaks, to the incredibly stable Bonafide. We'll have something that works for everyone whether you want to take your fishing to the next level with a fishing kayak, or you just want a new kayak to get out on the lake in the afternoons.Reps from our kayak vendors will be there with us to answer every question you have, and to make sure you get in the kayak that fits you the best! Can't wait to see you there!

Lake Zwerner is 5 minutes north of the Dahlonega Square on Highway 52, just downhill from Walmart. There will be shuttles from Hancock Park every half hour to the lake.

climbing wall
Portable Rock Wall
South Side of the Square on Adventure Row
Saturday 10:00-5:00
Sunday 11:00-5:00

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

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.

  • All participants 21 and over will receive one ticket good for an adult beverage at the Dahlonega Trail Fest Beverage Tent featuring Sierra Nevada Beer!

  • Details at:

    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

    Guided Hike by Merrell
    Hike Around Lake Zwerner and Try Out a Pair of Merrell Boots
    Meet at the Merrell Booth for Boot Fitting
    Saturday 10:30 am
    Join Merrell rep Chima Ikwuezunma for a 3 mile hike around Dahlonega's Lake Zwerner. Meet Chima at the Merrell booth on the square to be fitted with a pair of Merrell shoes and then shuttle to the lake for the hike. Bring plenty of water for this hike of approximately an hour. Shuttle will return hikers to the Dahlonega square. This hike is guided by Merrell and not a Trail Fest sponsored event.

    All participants 21 and over will receive one ticket good for an adult beverage at the Dahlonega Trail Fest Beverage Tent featuring Sierra Nevada Beer!

    lake zwerner
    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 take your selfie 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

    Gold Museum
    State Park
    Trail Fest at the Dahlonega Gold Museum
    Inside the 1836 Courthouse on the Square

    In the Museum all day
    Friday and Saturday 9:00-4:45
    Sunday 10:00-4:45

    Dahlonega Gold Museum will be offering programming events for Trail Fest, which celebrates Dahlonega's role as a designated Appalachian Trail Community, on September 6-8, 2019. Special temporary exhibits will highlight the history of the Appalachian Trail, including the original route and the change to the southern terminus at Springer Mountain. An 18 foot long elevation map of the 79 miles of the AT in Georgia will show the highlights and points of interest along the trail. Visitors will also learn about the many types of wildlife that can be encountered while hiking the trail. Admission is $8.50 for adults and $6.00 for students.

    Escape from Blood Mountain
    Friday 2:00-4:00
    Saturday 12:00-4:00
    Sunday 1:00-4:00

    A new escape room will be offered exclusively for Trail Fest weekend. "Escape from Blood Mountain" challenges participants in an immersive experience that finds them lost on Blood Mountain, the highest point along the AT in Georgia. In order to escape the room, participants must solve a series of puzzles in search for the white blazes that will lead them back to trail and enable their escape. The cost for the twenty minute escape room is $5. These will be held Friday from 2PM-4PM, Saturday from 12PM to 4 PM, and Sunday from 1PM to 4PM.

    Hiking Trails in Georgia
    Saturday 2:00
    Sunday 2:00

    A Ranger-led presentation on the many hiking trails in Georgia will be offered on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM upstairs in the old courtroom.

    About the Museum

    The museum is housed inside the 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse, which is one of the oldest courthouse buildings in Georgia and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can also explore the courthouse features, including beautiful wooden chapel seats from 1889 where our movie is shown. The town of Dahlonega is a popular destination for gold panning, dining, shopping and sightseeing. Exhibits on the second floor are not wheelchair accessible, but our feature film is available to be viewed on the first floor.

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    Updated on August 21, 2019