Dahlonega's Trail Fest & Spring on Springer

Trail Fest in Dahlonega, GA, March 14-16, 2014

Trail Fest in Dahlonega, GA, March 14-16, 2014

Doesn't matter if you call it "Spring on Springer" or Trail Fest, Dahlonega is the first town to celebrate our heroes who are about to embark on the quest of a lifetime: thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia's Springer Mountain all the way to Maine's Mount Katahdin.

The fun gets underway on Friday, March 14th and scoots along steadily until Sunday afternoon the 16th.

Dahlonega Trail Fest isn't the biggest festival along the AT but there's something special about seeing future thru-hikers all spiffed-up with brand-new gear and gizmos. They're looking the 2,185.3 mile Trail right in the face and they're saying, "Ha! I ain't skeered!"

The official Trail Fest Facebook page says,

Celebrating the Appalachian Trail, Dahlonega's designation as an ATC Trail Community, non-motorized outdoor recreation including backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, trail running.

Features speakers, films, workshops, vendors, information booths, equipment representatives, music, food, equipment giveaways, equipment silent auction, beer and wine garden.

The Lovely & Talented Sara Beth at Spring on Springer 2012 ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The Lovely & Talented Sara Beth at Spring on Springer 2012 ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Vendors know their best customers will be there perking up their packs and on the lookout for lightweight skyhooks and anti-gravity shoes.

The best part of Dahlonega's Trail Fest? It's in Dahlonega -- a town so cool that if it were in California it would be as famous as Disneyland.

Trail fest promises:

  • Great music
  • Real-live AT hikers
  • Fabulous food
  • Hiking, horseback riding, kayaking
  • Very interesting people and
  • Fascinating speakers, films & workshops.

Don't worry about being among flocks of gung-ho hikers. There is absolutely no chance that attending Dahlonega Trail Fest will infect you with the bug that will make you crave hiking the Trail for months and months.

Probably.

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Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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