Dahlonega, Georgia
Southern Gateway to the Appalachian Trail

Trail Films

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Tell It On the Mountain
Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail

A film by Lisa Diener and Shaun Carrigan

Friday 8:00 pm Wine and Beer Garden

It takes a special kind of person to drop everything and walk through the woods for five months. Like the rest of us, they have
jobs and families; they love their creature comforts. Yet each year around 300 embrace their wanderlust and embark on what's called a thru-hike.

Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail involves walking 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada, in a single season. The journey lasts from April to October and will total over 5 million steps. That translates into about 20 miles a day, every day-on foot. With each step, these brave souls must re-dedicate themselves to the challenge.

They will:
  • endure 700 miles of bone-dry desert,
  • summit 10 of the tallest peaks in the snow-covered High Sierra,
  • suffer the torrential rains of the Pacific Northwest as winter creeps towards them,
  • ... and resist the nagging urge to quit.

    Tell it on the Mountain follows a handful of diverse characters that go on a life-changing journey. It features several legends of the trail, including Scott Williamson (record holder for fastest thru-hike, and the only hiker to ever "yo-yo" the PCT), Billygoat (a John Muir look-alike who's been hiking the PCT every season for the past 20 years), a retired and renowned "trail angel" out for her first section hike, and other lovable characters. Armed with cameras to record daily video journals, they give us an insider's view into what it takes to spend half a year living in the wild.

  • The Long Start to the Journey film
    The Long Start to the Journey
    A story of the Appalachian Trail

    A film by Chris Gallaway

    Saturday 8:00 pm Wine and Beer Garden

    No sound stages were used in the making of this film. There wasn't a makeup department or trailers or stuntmen. This film was made
    on the beautiful (and often harsh) Appalachian Trail, day after day walking and sharing the experience with a cast of real, fascinating personalities who were following their own journeys on the trail.

    We set out to make a film that would speak deeply to the people who are closest to the trail and who know it best: the volunteers, hikers, and members of the AT community who have made the trail a part of their lives. Through that aim, we hoped the film would also speak to people who are new to the trail and are fascinated by this enigmatic path. The Long Start to the Journey is an intimate and unflinching depiction of the Appalachian Trail, detailing everything from grotesque blisters to uplifting mountaintop moments. The film also explores the rich history of the A.T.: the early battles that were fought in the trail community to determine what the pathway would be and how those often conflicting visions reflect on the trail today.

    Through following a complete thru-hike on the trail, viewers experience the range of ecosystems, terrains, and seasons that the A.T. encompasses. They also follow the roller coaster of emotions (trials and triumphs) that filmmaker Chris Gallaway goes through as he makes his 7-month trek with the guidance and support of his girlfriend, Sunshine. This is a true story of the Appalachian Trail. It captures the wonder and excitement of a journey in America's wilderness.

    A Walk in the Woods
    In Bryson's footsteps on the Appalachian Trail

    A short film by Phoebe Smith

    Friday 7:30 pm and Saturday 7:30 pm
    Wine and Beer Garden

    Phoebe Smith film
    Over in the east of the USA, stretching between the states of Georgia in the south and Maine in the north, and spanning for 2100 miles, is a long-distance footpath called the Appalachian Trail. Every year around 3000 people attempt to thru-hike the entire distance, taking 4-6 months or longer. In 1998 Bill Bryson attempted to do the same in his book 'A Walk in the Woods'.

    Travel writer, author and adventurer Phoebe Smith followed in his footsteps to explore the 14 states through which it passes, and to meet the hikers, the rangers, and the people that make such an undertaking the trip of a lifetime.

    Phoebe Smith was named Editor of the Year 2015 (PPA New Talent Awards) at Wanderlust Magazine in the UK. Check out this great travel and adventure magazine at

    Wanderlust Magazine

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    Updated on August 12, 2016