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.
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:
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.
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Gather 'round and take a look at a few Pictures from Dahlonega Trail Fest 2015, a time to celebrate the new hiking season & those who are going to rock it.
If Scarlett O'Hara were alive, she'd dwell near Dahlonega, GA, with its iconic town square & annual Dahlonega Trail Festival honoring the Appalachian Trail.
Dahlonega, GA's Trail Fest is the first celebration of the new year's crop of would-be Appalachian Trail thru-hikers marching to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.
If you spend enough time around the iconic town square in Dahlonega, Georgia, during their Appalachian Trail Fest 2014, you'll want to hike the Trail too.
Dahlonega, Georgia, is an Appalachian Trail Community that hosts the annual Spring on Springer to send thru-hikers on their way in style.
Published Aug 7, 2013.