Volunteers with the Yahoola Trails Conservancy have helped the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center launch a complete and accurate new guide to “Hiking Trails in the Dahlonega Area: 22 Trails in the North Georgia Mountains within 32 miles of Dahlonega.”
The new guide has directions to start each trail from the downtown Dahlonega-Lumpkin Visitors Center. The user-friendly guide key includes each trail’s name, length, loop or one-way and trail’s managing agency.
Trails include close to town options such as the Lake Zwerner Trail (Dahlonega Reservoir) Loop, the Yahoola Creek Park Trail System, and Jake & Bull Mountain Trail System. It also goes as far out as Helton Creek Falls, the Sosebee Cove Scenic Area and trails at Cooper Creek Recreation Area.
The information includes a 32-mile radius of hiking opportunities from portions of the Appalachian Trail and U.S. Forest Service areas, and scenic selections from Lumpkin County and Georgia state park areas.
“One of our goals was to provide the outdoor adventure seeker interest market with readily available, up-to-date and accurate recreation information for hiking the Dahlonega area,” said Jay Markwalter with the chamber tourism office. “A guide to hiking trails is one of the top 10 walk-in visitor inquiries at our downtown Dahlonega regional Visitors Center. We needed an updated resource guide and map for hiking enthusiasts. Thanks to the YTC volunteers Tom Lamb, Murray Lamb and Robert Fuller, we now have a nine-page hiking guide to enjoy our beautiful mountain terrain for a day, long weekend, vacation or repeat visitor challenge to return and complete the full 22-trail list.”
The “Hiking Trails” guide is available at the visitors center and for download at Dahlonega.org under “What To Do: Hiking & Backpacking.”