Dahlonega TrailFest

Dahlonega TrailFest happens every year in early September.

The festival celebrates the outdoors and the Appalachian Trail which is nearby. It also celebrates Dahlonega as an AT Trail town and the southern terminus to the Appalachian trail.

Come stay with us in a room or a yurt  and attend the festivities.

The festival was started by the Yahoola Trails Conservancy who has promoted hiking in the Dahlonega area for years. They developed the popular walking trail around Dahlonega’s reservoir, Lake Zwerner. The trail is also featured in our blog post of Dahlonega favorite walking trails.

Earlier years the festival was focused on the Appalachian Trail. It later evolved into a festival of outdoor activities using non motorized outdoor recreation. Now you will learn more about and see vendors and activities featuring backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, orienteering, and more!

Past festivals have had paddle boarding and kayak demos on Lake Zwerner,  downtown climbing wall,  downtown pump track for mountain biking, running shoe demos,  group led mountain biking rides at the Bull and Jake Mountain trails , service projects for trail maintenance, a 5k/10k run, outdoor trivia contests, kayaking/tubing/canoeing on the Chestatee River and non guided hikes to Preacher’s Rock. Dahlonega Trailfest has something for everyone!

Authors and speakers who write about the Trail or have hiked the Trail as thru hikers are part of the program. If you enjoy hiking or outdoor activities you should consider attending. Workshops on hiking and enjoying nature are usually featured as well as vendors of outdoor gear. Major sponsors vary from year to year and often include REI and Jekyll Brewing.

Music and food are also an integral part of the festival. Musical concerts are normally scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings.

Come stay with us in a yurt or room and attend the Dahlonega Trailfest festival.

For more information for the current year calendar of events visit Trailfest

Dahlonega Trailfest exhibits

Bear on the Square Festival

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Come stay with us and attend the Bear on the Square Mountain Festival in Dahlonega, Ga., on Saturday and Sunday, the third weekend in April.

The festival is known for live bluegrass mountain music,  jam sessions, storytelling, live and silent auctions, and a dinner to kick things off on Friday.

The festival features many “main stage” acts from Friday evening until Sundaybear on the square festival afternoon.

Appalachian Jams musicians start gathering on Friday afternoon around the historic square as well as .acoustic jams.  Bring a chair and watch or bring an instrument and join in. Musicians perform the old fiddle tunes, country, and bluegrass. If you play bring your guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bass, lap dulcimer, hammered dulcimer, autoharp, mouth harp, jews harp.

If you bring your own instrument and do not want to carry it around they have instrument checking, similar to a coat check in a fancy restaurant. Give them your instrument and they will give you a token used to get it back while you wander around the festival.

During most festivals they have a moonlight jam at 7:30pm on the main stage where you can listen or jam with a famous mountain music musician.

Free workshops are held on Saturdays and Sundays  on topics such as storytelling, ukelele, mandolins, clogging, jamming, fiddling, guitar tips and singing.

Also enjoy the artists marketplace with traditional crafts and juried art from award winning artists. Some years they have over 80 booths.

On Saturday the festival features storytelling with professional storytellers who are keeping the oral tradition of the mountains alive.

Bear on the Square has been featured in Explore Georgia’s “10 Signature Georgia Music Festivals to Experience this Spring.”

For more information about this amazing event – one of the most popular music festivals in the Southeast – visit http://www.bearonthesquare.org

Come stay with us in a room or a yurt and enjoy the tradition of Appalachian music and the Bear on the Square Festival.