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 no cost at our family friendly site.
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 on Saturday. 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

For Trail Fest camping, you can reserve a camping spot by sending email to Put "CAMPING" in the subject line, and list your name, the date you plan to arrive, and number in your group with names of each. There is plenty of room and there will be no problem accommodating all tent campers.

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 June 23, 2017