Remember the "Spring on Springer" Appalachian Trail festival in Dahlonega, Georgia, that was held around the first day of spring? I do. And I remember small crowds shivering their way from booth to booth or cuddled under blankets in the park listening to thru-hikers tell tall takes of their treks to Katahdin.
That was then. This is now.
Organizers of Dahlonega Trail Fest have moved the date all the way back to the second weekend in September.
For 2016, that means September 9th through the 11th. Instead of giving a first Hurrah!! to northbound hikers, we'll cheer SoBo hikers finishing thru-hikes or flip-flops. Either way, we'll have a good time because Dahlonega is a truly cool Appalachian Trail Community.
The Dahlonega Appalachian Trail Festival promises to enthrall outdoor enthusiasts all types of non-motorized recreation: hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and folks who have never piddled in the woods.
Trail Fest 2016 will have the usual and unusual suspects: authors, speakers, workshops, music, food, vendors and non-profit groups.
The Appalachian Trail's southern terminus at Springer Mountain is nearby, as is Blood Mountain and our pals at Mountain Crossings Outfitters at Neel Gap. We'll look for you at Fall on Springer.
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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.
Published Aug 7, 2013.
Enjoy an afternoon celebrating the Trail at 2016 Appalachian Trail Events.
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Do you remember attending any of these 2013 Appalachian Trail events? Many of made lifelong friends at them.