Dahlonega, Georgia
Southern Gateway to the Appalachian Trail


NOTE: Appalachian Outfitters, located across Yahoola Creek from the camping area, is having their annual Canoe & Kayak sale on Satuday of Trail Fest. Details at:


Trail Fest camping is available at our family friendly site.

$20 for REI members or $30 for non-members for the weekend. 12 and under free.
If you are not an REI member, you may go to this link to get a lifetime membership for $20.

Use this link to register for the Trail Fest/REI Co-op camping:

REI Camping Registration

Need a place to camp during the Dahlonega Trailfest?  Join us at the official campground of DTF sponsored by REI.  Share backpacking stories around the fire pit or cook your food on camp cooking equipment provided by REI.

Tent sites are in a grassy, wooded site, the home of Appalachian Outfitters Tubing, a mile from the Dahlonega Square. (See the aerial view for details.) Portajohn toilets are provided. There is no potable water, so bring your own. There are changing rooms, but no showers at this location. Ample parking adjoins the tentsites. The camping venue is located on the Chestatee River and swimming is available. Tubing will be available during the day from Appalachian Outfitters at the campsite for $6.00. The site will be supervised by REI staff who will be camping here too.
Click the map for a larger imageTrail Fest map

Click the photo for larger view of the camping venue
Trail Fest map

panorama view of mountains
A panoramic view of the AT from southwest to northeast from Crown Mountain in Dahlonega, GA.

Other Camping

Etowah River Campground
6 miles west of Dahlonega
Etowah River Campground

Amicalola Falls State Park
18 miles west of Dahlonega

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Updated on August 16, 2018