Dahlonega, Georgia
Southern Gateway to the Appalachian Trail


Schedule

 

 
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Pavilion Main Stage


Friday
3:00     
4:00

5:00

6:00
7:00
Trail Fest 2014 Kicks Off     
Murray Lamb, Thru Hiker

Dr. Robert Fuller, UNG Professor

Open Mic, bring your stories or music
Film: Beauty Beneath the Dirt
Welcome and opening.
"A Look at the AT Culture North to South." The program will be a photo retrospective on a Southbound AT thru hike in 2004,
looking at the unusual places and interesting people that really make a thru hike unique.
"Boots Not Required for This Trail: Paddling to the Gulf and Back by Canoe." A round trip 1,503 mile roundtrip canoe trip
from Dahlonega to the Gulf and back.
Got some trail stories or play an instrument? Everyone welcome.
AT documentary film with FREE pizza in the park. Wine and Beer Garden open.

Saturday
9:00
10:00
11:00
12:00

1:00
2:00

3:00
4:00

5:00

6:30

7:30
Open Mike
Music: 3 Arrows
Music: Raven and Red
Thru Hiker Panel

Gene Espy
Danny Bernstein

Open- Visit Booths and local businesses
Robert Fuller

Johnny Malloy

Music: Empty Bottle String Band

Film: Appalachian Impressions
Bring your stories, poems, and songs about the trail and hiking.
Local band of "young timers" who play a style of "old-time" music that knows no musical genres, only good songs.
Raven and Red is an award-winning bluegrass, country, and acoustic music band formed in 2009.
Join our panel of past thru hikers as they answer questions and lend their unique perspective
to the different approaches to spending 4 to 6 months on the trail.
"My 1951 Appalachian Trail Thru-hike." Hear Gene Espy, second person to hike the AT in 1951 talk about his historic trip.
"The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: A Thousand Miles through Wildness, Culture and History." Danny
recounts the highlights and challenges of walking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
Visit the booths and local businesses around the square. Get your Trail Fest Passport stamped.
"Boots Not Required for This Trail: Paddling to the Gulf and Back by Canoe." A round trip 1,503 mile roundtrip canoe trip
from Dahlonega to the Gulf and back.
"The Can't Miss Hikes in North Carolina's National Forests." Hear Johnny Molloy, author of over 40 guidebooks talk
about the great hikes in North Carolina.
A traditional Appalachian old-time string band known for their tight harmonies, upbeat fiddle tunes, and feel-good music
that makes people want to get up and dance.
An award-winning epic story about hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

Sunday
9:00     
10:00
11:00

12:00

1:00
2:00

3:00
Open Mic
Music: 3 Arrows
Thru Hiker Panel

Music: Empty Bottle String Band

Open- Visit booths and local businesses
Capt. Sean Gobin

Closing Music
Bring your stories, poems, and songs about the trail and hiking.
Local band of "young timers" who play a style of "old-time" music that knows no musical genres, only good songs.
Join our panel of past thru hikers as they answer questions and lend their unique perspective
to the different approaches to spending 4 to 6 months on the trail.
A traditional Appalachian old-time string band known for their tight harmonies, upbeat fiddle tunes, and feel-good music
that makes people want to get up and dance.
Visit the booths and local businesses around the square. Get your Trail Fest Passport stamped.
"The Warrior Hike 'Walk Off The War' Program." Hear the founder of the "Warrior Hike" talk about this program to
assist returning Vets by thru hiking the major trails in the US.
Trail Fest 2014 closes. See you next year, March 20-22!




Mindy Yoga   (downstairs near Searcey jewelry and more)


Saturday
11:00
12:00
1:00
2:00
3:00
4:00
"Mountain Mike" Borsodi
US Forest Service
"Mountain Mike" Borsodi
Ron Hamlin, GA Appalachian Trail Club
"Mountain Mike" Borsodi
Murray Lamb, Thru Hiker
"Equipment and Logistics Planning for a Long Distance Hike"
"Bear in Mind": Hiking and Bears; and Wilderness 50
"Financial Planning for a Thru Hike"
"The Appalachian Trail in Georgia"
"Physical Conditioning Planning"
"Hike For Yourself." Why you should ignore the plethora of advice about how to hike, including mine.

Sunday
11:00
12:00
1:00
2:00
Angela DelConte, UNG Predatory Beetle Lab
Murray Lamb, Thru Hiker
US Forest Service
Jordan Shenefield, GA Appalachian Trail Club
"How Outdoor Enthusiasts Aid in Stopping the Spread of Invasive Species and Preserving Our Native Environment"
"Hike For Yourself." Why you should ignore the plethora of advice about how to hike, including mine.
"Bear in Mind": Hiking and Bears; and Wilderness 50
"The Appalachian Trail in Georgia"




Wine and Beer Garden

Hours: Friday 3:00-9:00   Saturday 11:00-10:00pm   Sunday 12:30-4:00


Saturday
4:00-6:30Silent Auction and Special Lager Feature
During a limited time during Trail Fest, we will be serving Red Hare Long Day Lager and Featuring our Silent Auction
Come by and peruse the Silent Auction of thousands of dollars worth of new backpacking and outdoor equipment AND try our Feature Lager

Sunday
1:00-3:00Martha Ezzard, AJC Appalachian Trail author
and owner of Tiger Mountain Vineyards
Come by the Wine and Beer Garden to hear Tiger Mountain Vineyard owner Martha Ezzard speaking about her AT experience,
signing her book, "The Second Bud," and pouring samples of Tiger Mountain wine.



Activities
See the Activities Page for details
5K and 10K Run registration at Lake Zwerner

Thursday
8:00 pmSpecial Edition Trivia: The Great Outdoors     Shenanigans Irish Pub just off the square. Two rounds of Trivia. Theme: Backpacking, Camping, Appalachian Trail.
Prizes for the round winners and backpacking doorprizes.

Saturday
9:00     
11 and 3

11:00
2:00
All Day
Any time
5K Trail Run/Walk and 10K Trail/Road Run
Historic Dahlonega Square Walking Tour

Pack 101: Packing with Llamas
Pack 101: Packing with Llamas
Canoe and kayak trips on your own
"On your own" hike to Woody Gap on the Appalachian Trail
Lake Zwerner; awards for age categories; register onsite at Lake Zwerner (7:30-8:30) or online at: http://dahlonegatrailfest.org/5krun.html
Meet at Trail Fest booth. Led by Lori Hamby, manager of Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site, includes the Diving Bell.
The Square includes buildings over 150 years old and was the site of the first US gold rush.
Meet at llama booth on Vendors Row. Come learn why llamas make excellent low impact pack animals and how to pack with them.
Meet at llama booth on Vendors Row. Come learn why llamas make excellent low impact pack animals and how to pack with them.
20% Trail Fest discount at Appalachian Outfitters on the Chestatee River 1 mile from downtown.
Always wanted to hike on the historic Appalachian Trail? Dahlonega is the Gateway to the AT and it is only 30 minutes away
by paved road. Hike south or north from Woody Gap for an easy trip on the AT with views south to Atlanta. Maps at the Trail Fest Booth.

Sunday
1:00     

All Day
1:00
Any time   
Historic Dahlonega Square Walking Tour

Canoe and kayak trips on your own
Memorial Trail Ride: Mike Medlock Blue Trail
"On your own" hike to Woody Gap on the Appalachian Trail   
Meet at Trail Fest booth. Led by Lori Hamby, manager of Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site, includes the Diving Bell.
The Square includes buildings over 150 years old and was the site of the first US gold rush.
20% Trail Fest discount at Appalachian Outfitters on the Chestatee River 1 mile from downtown.
Horse ride at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, GA. Meet at Bald Rock Meadows. Riders are riding on their own.
Always wanted to hike on the historic Appalachian Trail? Dahlonega is the Gateway to the AT and it is only 30 minutes away
by paved road. Hike south or north from Woody Gap for an easy trip on the AT with views south to Atlanta. Maps at the Trail Fest Booth.
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Updated on March 13, 2014
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