Dahlonega Trail Fest 2013

Dahlonega Trail Fest
Photo by Robert Sutherland

As spring is sprung and the irresistible romantic fancies of young men and women turn to thoughts of frolicking 2,185.9 miles through the forest, we know it’s time for Dahlonega, Georgia’s, Trail Fest 2013.

Trail Fest celebrates the passing of winter and the reemergence of flowers, warmth and thru-hikers (not necessarily in that order) hitting the northbound trail from Springer Mountain.  Springer — a mere hop, skip and 50-mile jump from Dahlonega — is where the Appalachian Trail (AT) begins in earnest.

Spring officially begins at 7:02 AM EDT on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.  Town festivals held on Wednesdays, however, don’t fair as well as those on weekends.  So, the Wise Ones who orchestrate Trail Fest opted for Friday-Sunday, March 22-24th this year.

Dahlonega (pronounced “dahlonega”) is a delightful destination any day of the year, but Trail Fest makes it even delightfuler.  Here are a few of the special treat you can expect:

  • great food
  • fun music
  • excellent food
  • Appalachian Trail oriented vendors
  • authors & talks from AT hikers
  • hiking workshops
  • dandy music & tasty food
  • 5K Trail run

Attention Singles:  Trail Fest is a wonderful way to meet healthy outdoorsy, hiker-type people.

Trail Fest 2013
Dahlonega’s Trail Fest celebrates “Spring on Springer” — when northbound thru-hikers begin their quest to Katahdin. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Celebrate spring, love, the Appalachian Trail, and the last shower northbounders will take for approximately 175 days at Trail Fest 2013.

Contact Information

Click Here for Dahlonega Trail Fest’s Website

Dahlonega Trail Fest 2013 Facebook Page

Interested in renting a booth at Trail Fest?  It’s fun and could be profitable.  For an application, e-mail [email protected].


About Author

Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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