Dahlonega Tubing and Kayaking

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Have you had a rough week at the office or just have that yearning to escape life in the city even for just a quick getaway weekend? The North Georgia mountains provide a great place to get away from your busy life. Want a great way to chill in the great outdoors? Try tubing and kayaking down the scenic rivers in the Dahlonega area.

A day on the river can melt away those tensions you’ve been feeling – floating down the river on a tube or kayak, letting the water do the work as you float along and enjoy nature. Put on your bathing suit, plop into your tube and take the lazy river ride down the Chestatee as many times as you like by floating, getting out at the designated point, taking a short hike with your tube up the river and getting in again. Below we provide outfitters that rent the tubes. Map below shows tubing put in and take out locations on the Chestatee.

The most popular kayak float on the Chestatee River averages about two hours with normal river flow, but you can take your time and pull off along the way to rest and relax or play in the river or on the bank. There are several small sandy spots along your route. If you bring your own kayak, at the end of your float the outfitters will transport you and your kayak back to your car at the put in location for a nominal fee. Map below shows kayak put in and take out locations on the Chestatee.

While tube rentals in Lumpkin County are limited to the Chestatee River near Achasta. Kayaking can be enjoyed on both the Chestatee and Etowah Rivers and on the Amicalola River as well. The Etowah River is famous among kayakers for the tunnel ride. The tunnel was built during the gold mining days to divert water from the river to feed water to the water cannons used to blow away the mountain sides to expose the gold ore. The tunnel is still there and can be kayaked. Check out the youtube videos showing the ride.

South of town and west of Dawsonville is the Edge of the World trail on the Amicalola River that features class IV rapids for experienced kayakers with white water kayaks. You can hike the trail before committing to the whitewater ride. Map showing location compared to the inn https://goo.gl/maps/6vKmMJaWZCdFp34MA

Decide if you want to go tubing or kayaking and then check with the outfitters listed below. We also hope that you come and enjoy a stay with us as part of your trip. We will make sure you have comfortable accommodations and a hearty breakfast before you head out for your adventure.

Dahlonega Area Outfitters

Appalachian Outfitters provides tubing, kayak and canoe rentals and has been operating for decades from the same location. They have kayak rentals for both the Chestatee and Etowah Rivers. Four options are available: Lower Chestatee is the most popular with gentle rapids and Big Bend beach; Dawson Forest is south of town and good for beginners and most remote if you want privacy; Yahoola Creek can be added to the Chestatee Leg; Upper Etowah is for more experienced kayakers with larger rapids and Etowah Falls. For more information and reservations visit their web site http://canoegeorgia.com/ or call 706-864-7117 for tubing or 706-867-7116 for kayaking information and reservations. Directions from inn https://goo.gl/maps/TvJzDcvSGTm7FsuCA

Chestatee River Adventures is located up river from Appalachian Outfitters and rents tubes and kayaks only for the Chestatee River. If you bring your own kayak to the put in on the Chestatee by their stand, you can arrange to have them meet you at the take out when you finish your float to transport both you and your kayak back to the put in area and your car for just $5. For more information and reservations visit their web site at http://www.chestateeriveradventures.com/ or call 770-540-9950. Directions from inn https://goo.gl/maps/vZ6CocCb2gkX7VWo9

Our local Chamber of Commerce has compiled a very complete online guide for kayaking and canoeing in the area at http://dahlonega.org/outdoor-adventures-1/canoe-kayak-tubing

For other ways to stay cool near Dahlonega visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/cooling-off-dahlonega/

Map Showing Tubing/Kayaking Put In and Take Out Locations on Chestatee River

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Dahlonega Hiking Trails- Three Favorites

dahlonega hiking trail

The Dahlonega area is known for its natural beauty, wineries, and waterfalls and offers a great escape to a quieter way of life. The Dahlonega hiking trails beckon you to adventure, exercise and a chance to experience solitude while enjoying nature.

This page will feature three of the most popular hiking trails in the area without waterfalls that many of our guests rave about around the breakfast table. They are innkeeper endorsed as well.

For a map of the hiking destinations mentioned in this article visit https://drive.google.com/open?id=14E-7H_lAfmECU06FKJmVDPGbrgLu7GCp&usp=sharing

Lake Zwerner Trail

For a hike that is convenient to town try the Lake Zwerner Trail around the Dahlonega reservoir only a mile from town and south of the inn ( 3.9 miles). Popular with locals and tourists alike, this Dahlonega hiking trail is easy to get to and provides a great walk through beautiful hilly forest land close to town (picture below). In fact the City of Dahlonega is planning on connecting this trail to downtown Dahlonega.

The hike around the reservoir is 3.1 miles and is not difficult except for a couple of moderate short climbs. Once you hike a short distance from the parking lot on highway 19 you think you are away from civilization. This is a great hike to take before visiting the Dahlonega square for shopping, drinks, lunch or dinner.

To get there from the inn take a right out of our driveway and head towards town. You will see the water treatment plant on the right with a gravel parking lot a little farther down on the left. Park in the parking lot and you will see a trail shelter to the north of the parking lot where the trail begins. You will be making a clockwise loop around the reservoir. On the far side of the lake are pit toilets and you will walk next to the road a short distance until you get to the dam which has a bridge to walk across. You will see another smaller parking area and head north towards the larger parking area where you left your car (there is a little hiking again next to the road). Detailed directions https://goo.gl/maps/58GDPhycDteXARs96

Woody Gap/Preacher’s Rock- Appalachian Trail

This is one of the favorite shorter hikes on the Appalachian trail and provides spectacular views on a clear day. When we say shorter the hike to Preacher’s Rock is only a mile. You can keep walking past Preacher’s Rock and end up in Maine. Many like this trail for the short distance and you can say you hiked the AT.

The granite mountain top known as Preacher’s Rock is not marked with signage. The mountain is Big Cedar Mountain and provides vistas for miles. After the steepest section of the hike, relax on the granite outcropping and take in the views, nature and silence. You may see hawks and eagles soaring on the wind currents. This is a must do Fall hike when the view is painted with bold colors and the air is cool and crisp.

A short video of Preacher’s Rock is shown at the bottom of the page.

To get there from the inn (only 7.8 miles) take a left out of our driveway and head north on highway 19. At the rock pile approximately 2.5 miles from the inn you will take highway 60 heading towards Suches, Georgia. You will be heading up the mountain on a twisty road popular with bikers and motorcycles. Near the top you will see an AT Trail crossing sign and a sign for Woody Gap with a parking lot on both sides of the road. Park on the right with the bathrooms and hike north past the bathrooms. You will know you are getting close to Preacher’s Rock when you go from a fairly level hiking surface to a moderate climb among the boulders. The destination is at the top. A favorite Dahlonega hiking destination. Detailed directions https://goo.gl/maps/8x4FWf53jCw14g9y7

Blood Mountain-Appalachian Trail

This trail is the most rigorous of the three Dahlonega hiking trails mentioned in this article and in the area. The trailhead parking is past the Mountain Crossings store on highway 19 at Byron Herbert Reece parking area (200 yards away from store). Detailed directions https://goo.gl/maps/fkQDWjDEXSoLsMbs5

From the parking lot hike the Byron Herbert Reece trail for 0.7 miles to intersect with the Freeman and Appalachian Trail. Then turn right and go another 1.5 miles to the top of Blood Mountain which is the highest point on the AT in Georgia and the second highest mountain in Georgia (1,040 feet). At the top is a Civilian Conservation Corps hikers shelter build in 1934.

From the inn take a left out of our driveway and head north on Highway 19. When you get to the rock pile continue on highway 19 (right ) and head towards Turner’s Corner. You will take a left on highway 129 (right goes to Cleveland) and head up towards Neel’s Gap. The road will start to climb and twist. At the top you will see the Mountain Crossing Store on the right, but you will have to go a little further to the parking (on the right) for your hike. The store is a favorite Dahlonega hiking store for gear and unique gifts.

The parking lot for the Blood Mountain hike is 16 miles from the inn.

Plan a visit to the Dahlonega area and the North Georgia mountains. Enjoy an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life by hiking some of the Dahlonega hiking trails. We make a great home base for your daily adventures.

If you would like information on Dahlonega waterfall hikes visit our waterfall blog post at https://georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-waterfalls/

For more things to do in the area visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/

Lake Zwerner Dahlonega Hiking Trail
Lake Zwerner Trail