Dahlonega, Georgia's Appalachian Trail Festival was also known as Spring on Springer because it was held on the weekend closest to spring in the town closest to Springer Mountain, gateway to the Appalachian Trail.
For 2015, the Dahlonega Trail Fest will be held the week after spring buds: Friday, March 27th through Sunday the 29th. Organizers are promising perfect weather (some restrictions apply) for hikers, vendors and citizens of the Appalachian Trail subculture.
On Saturday evening at 7 PM, Kori Feener's film, Hard Way Home , will be shown in the cute little park behind the iconic Southern square in downtown Dahlonega. Many of us have waited a long time to see this movie.
Even the marketing blurb hits the mark, "Sometimes the best way to let go of a troubled past is to literally walk as far away from it as possible. Hard Way Home is an intimate journey of the filmmaker as she struggles physically and emotionally to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine."
Can't be there on Saturday? Friday night's flick in the park is Tell It On the Mountain ~ Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail by Lisa Diener and Shaun Carrigan. Here's the description of the film: "Thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail involves walking 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada, in a single season ... With each step, these brave souls must re-dedicate themselves to the challenge ... 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."
The usual suspects will also be at the Dahlonega Trail Fest selling trail gear and/or delicious food or buying trail gear and eating delicious food. Several authors will be around to tell Trail tales to enthrall noobs and to make the hearts of Trail trolls go pitty-pat.
Look for Gene Espy on Saturday. "The highlight of all Gene's adventures was his 1951 Georgia to Maine solo hike of the entire Appalachian Trail which made him the second thru-hiker."
You'll love to see and hear about the gear that Gene used to make the trek back when it was roads and wilderness.
Our pal, Richard Judy, will be at Dahlonega Trail Fest, among other writers, speakers, thru-hikers and lovers of the Trail.
The Dahlonega Trail Fest website says, "Richard enjoys telling how fifty years of leading a 'hiker's life' provided him with material for his recently published novel, THRU: An Appalachian Trail Love Story. Richard will talk about the heritage of the AT -- how it came to be and how thru-hiking has become one of the last great American adventures. He will also read a brief excerpt from THRU."
Richard is a worthy ambassador of the Trail. You'll love meeting with him and delving into his personal Trail tales.
There is so much more to the 2015 Dahlonega Trail Fest than all of this. The best part of sending thru-hiker wannabees off into the woods and doing a bit of Trail magic before you head back to your office, kids and dreams.
For the latest information about speakers, musicians, schedules and more, please click on the link below for Dahlonega Trail Fest, a hop, skip and 5,000,000 jumps from the end of the Appalachian Trail up yonder in Maine.
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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.
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.