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Appalachian Autumn Adventures

Destination: Dahlonega, GA

Northern Georgia, the jumping off point for the Appalachian Trail, offers an astounding array of activities for those who like to get out and play in the crisp, invigorating air of fall. So on this four day getaway, we will sample as much as we can: horseback riding, hiking, and whitewater rafting. We will also take advantage of the burgeoning foodie culture here, with dinner at one of the many fine restaurants and an outstanding brunch at a local winery. In between we'll plan time for relaxing and hanging out with each other at the hostel. Maximum group size: 12;


  • Riding well-trained horses on forest trails and back roads
  • Whitewater rafting on the Chattanooga River
  • Hiking on the legendary Appalachian Trail
  • Savoring a sumptuous brunch at Wolf Mountain Vineyards
  • Enjoying down time and camaraderie

Departures and Prices

September 26 to September 29, 2019
$1195.00 - FULL
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September 24 to September 27, 2020
$1230.00 - Available
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  • 1 - 2 experienced AGC guides based on group size
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from the Atlanta Airport
  • All meals from dinner on Thursday through brunch on Sunday
  • Three nights lodging in a beautiful vacation home shared by the group
  • All activities on the itinerary, including horseback riding, rafting, and hiking

Not Included: Airfare to and from Atlanta airport (ATL) or the stable/lodging if driving (ATL), guide gratuties, alcoholic beverages and trip insurance.


This trip is suitable for any healthy active woman who loves being active outdoors in the fall and exploring this beautiful area with its rich culture that ranges from its Appalachian roots. The hikes we've chosen are reasonably short but they are in the mountains, so women should be in sufficient condition to hike uphill for a couple of hours. A rating of 2 is suitable for any woman who regularly walks at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes. Rating: 1 [2] 3 4 5.

We will go horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and hike on the Appalachian Trail during our long weekend getaway. We will also enjoy a wonderful brunch at a local winery! None of the activities require previous experience - we'll teach you everything you need to know to have a safe and fun time.

We will spend three nights at the Retreat on the Ridge , a luxurious 7-bedroom 5.5 bath majestic mountain home where you can enjoy the north Georgia mountains in luxury, style, and convenience. It's seven miles north of downtown Dahlonega with spectacular panoramic views, a saltwater pool, and a firepit. There are seven bedrooms that are a mix of single and shared rooms, plus a "bunkroom" with four beds (two singles and one bunkbed). There is a discount for the bunkroom, and three single rooms are available for a single supplement ($150); otherwise, rooms will be assigned randomly.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.

We pick you up at the Atlanta (ATL) airport at 12 pm and begin our adventure with an afternoon of horseback riding. We'll start with a short lesson, making sure that everyone is comfortable on her horse and knows the basics of riding. Our two hour trail ride is just the right length- long enough that we can enjoy the scenery and cover some ground on forest trails and backwoods roads, but not so long that we are too stiff to walk afterwards! After our ride, we continue to our amazing vacation home for a hearty and delicious dinner. Well fed and well exercised, we will be ready for bed tonight!
After a hearty breakfast, we're off for a day of whitewater rafting on the Chattooga River. If the name of the river sounds familiar, yes - it is where Deliverance was filmed. Regardless of what else you remember about the film, you were undoubtedly struck by the beauty of this river. The section we'll be paddling is known for its breathtaking scenery, abundant plant and wildlife, and playful Class 2 and 3 rapids, ending with one big Class 4. This raft trip is suitable for women without previous rafting experience and even if you don't think rafting is your cup of tea, it's really the only way to experience the river's solitude and wildness. After a full day of excitement we'll return home for another delicious dinner and relaxing evening.
After another hearty breakfast, we will don our hiking boots for a 6-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail from Jarrard Gap to Neel Gap, crossing Blood Mountain. Blood Mountain is the highest peak on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail and the sixth-tallest mountain in Georgia, with an elevation of 4,458 feet. There are scenic views from the large rock formations that top the mountain, as well as a two-room stone shelter built in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Our hike will probably take about five hours, as we stop often for pictures and to eat lunch. After some significant up and down, we end our hike at the only place on the AT where the trail passes through a man-made structure: Mountain Crossings Outfitter. After we've had a chance to shower and change, it's time to head to the square in Dahlonega for the Appalachian Jam: every Saturday folks bring their instrument(s) and just start playing and/or singing on the Dahlonega square. If Appalachian music is not your style, there are also lots of shops to check out. After a couple of hours we'll meet and adjourn to a local restaurant for dinner out.
Our breakfast will be rather light this morning because we need to save room for the brunch at Wolf Mountain Vineyards! Yumm!! Brunch is typically buffet style and served with a glass of Estate wine. Since getting a little exercise before being presented with a feast is always a good idea, we'll first go on a casual 2 mile hike at DeSoto Falls. After savoring our last meal together, we head to the airport where you can plan a flight out after 5:30 pm.

*These are the unfiltered reviews of women who have been on this trip in answer to the question "Did this trip meet your expectations?". We take reviews very seriously and often tweak itineraries based on feedback. Please feel free to contact us about any questions you have.

Relaxed but active getaway. Great way to spend my first visit to Georgia and first hike on the Appalachian Trail. Rafting was a hoot.

Appalachian Autumn Adventures 9/27/2018-9/30/2018

I was impressed by the AGC website and pre-trip information so I was skeptical that it could be as good as it appeared. Therefore, I was so pleased to discover that the trip was well organized, the guides knowledgeable and friendly, the food terrific and the companionship interesting and supportive. The activities were engaging, challenging and fun!

Appalachian Autumn Adventures 9/27/2018-9/30/2018

Rafting was a blast

Appalachian Autumn Adventures 9/27/2018-9/30/2018

This was an exploratory trip with AGC to see how trips were organized and run. I was quite pleased. My husband and I travel with a number of different groups/companies and AGC is up there with the best of them. The all-women environment was very nice and relaxing.

Appalachian Autumn Adventures 9/27/2018-9/30/2018

I enjoyed everything we did

Appalachian Autumn Adventures 9/27/2018-9/30/2018

  1. Where do we eat?

    The guides will be cooking breakfasts and most dinners at your lodging with one dinner and one brunch out. At breakfast the guides will put out 'fixings' for lunch and you will pack your own lunch and snacks.
  2. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?

    If we know well in advance, we can accommodate vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-sensitive diets. We cannot guarantee a completely gluten-free diet and we cannot provide a kitchen guaranteed to be free of cross-contamination. If you are vegan, we ask that you bring some additional protein bars; and if you are gluten-sensitive, please bring some gluten-free snacks. If you have severe allergies, Celiac disease and/or other significant dietary restrictions, please call the office before you register.
  3. I will be coming by myself. Do I need to pay a single supplement?

    No, you only need to pay a single supplement if you want to be guaranteed you have one of the singles. Otherwise we'll pair you up with someone.
  4. I have not ridden a horse in years! Will I be OK on this trip?

    Absolutely. The horses are used to novice riders and you’ll get enough instruction to have a good time.
  5. This trip has a rafting trip. I've never been rafting. Is it appropriate for beginners?
    You just find yourself fallng in love with rafting. The rafting trip is perfect for beginners. You will be given a helmet, lifejacket and waterproof jacket. The rafting guide will also suggest spots in the raft where you might be most comfortable.