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UNG Recreation Center - Dahlonega

Campus Rec & Wellness Facilities Closure

Physical offices at UNG are currently closed, but personnel are working remotely and will respond to emails and phone calls during business hours.

In adherence to the announcements from USG and UNG,  all Campus Recreation & Wellness facilities are closed.  To arrange an appointment to retrieve any personal items from a locker room or for assistance with any questions, please contact the Office of Campus Recreation & Wellness at: 

Dahlonega: 706-864-1622  or

Gainesville: 678-717-3485  or

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to support each other through this unprecedented situation.

The Recreation Center opened to students October 13, 2008, after many months of construction and planning. The Student Government Association was the driving force that made this idea a reality, and they have shown this by voting for fees that predominately support the operation of the facility as well as the cost of construction.

All students, faculty, staff, patrons, and guests agree to abide by the Rec Center Policies and Procedures at all times.

Building Attributes

Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness Offices

The Rec Center is home to the Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness offices. They are located through the door to the right after you enter the building.

First Floor Building Attributes

Strength Training

Our Facility has a variety of Life strength training equipment including Hammer Strength with Motion Technology. 

  • Benches (Incline, Decline, Flat, Bench Press and Adjustable Benches)
  • Selectorized Machines
  • Plate Loaded Machines
  • Cable Motion Stations
  • Half Racks 
  • Arm Curl Benches
  • Smith Machines 
  • Dual Adjustable Pulley Machines 
  • Free Weights ranging from 5-100 lbs
  • Pre-loaded weighted bars


  • Three basketball courts

Climbing Wall & Boulder

The climbing area has limited hours, please see the Climbing Wall Page for more info. 


  • 33 ft. high
  • Three lanes wide
  • Routes are changed throughout the semester


  • 10 ft. high
  • Three pads available

Locker Rooms

  • Restroom and Shower Facilities
  • Changing Area
  • Day Use Lockers (Bring your own lock)
  • Semester Use Lockers can be purchased through the Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness. Lockers are $10 per semester (cash or check only) and a lock is provided. To purchase a locker, visit the Rec Center back office during University business hours.

2nd Floor Building Attributes

  • Gender Neutral Restroom and Dressing Room

Cardio Equipment

  • Treadmills
  • Ellipticals
  • Upright Bikes 
  • Stair Climbers 
  • Summit Trainers 
  • Recumbent Bikes 
  • Spin Bikes 
  • Rowing Machines 
  • Octane Total Body xRide 
  • Sci-Fit Upper Body Ergometer 

Other Equipment 

  • Plate Loaded Machines 
  • Five - 35 lb dumbbell rack with three benches 
  • Back Extension/Ab Platform


  • 1/10 mile track.
  • Stretching mats and exercise balls to use in the corners of the track or Group Ex Room 

Ab Area

  • Weighted Core Balls 
  • Stability Balls 
  • Back Extension
  • Stretch Partner
  • Decline Bench 
  • Hammer Strength Elastic Bands 
  • Stretch Cords 
  • Calf Stretch Platform 

Table Tennis

  • Two ping pong tables
  • Balls and paddles are available for check-out at the Front Desk

Group Exercise Room

  • One large room or two smaller rooms 
  • Shock absorbing wood flooring 
  • 18 Speakers for uniform, clear sound
Reservation Guidelines

Facility Reservation Guidelines

All reservation requests must be submitted at least seven days prior to the proposed activity. Any request is subject to being denied. Reservation requests that repeat on a weekly basis are only good for the current semester and cannot be accepted before the first day of the semester. Reservations will be honored based on priority scheduling. In general, the entire gymnasium and/or fitness area may not be reserved for exclusive use during normal operating hours. We strive to keep at least one court open for open play during scheduled events, including Intramural Sports. Fundraising activities must be approved by the associate dean of Student Involvement. The Recreation Center and/or Climbing Wall can be reserved for university group usage outside of normal hours for a fee of $25 per hour. The pool can be reserved for university group usage outside of normal operating hours for $25 per hour for up to 25 participants.

Equipment Reservation Guidelines

All equipment reservation requests must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to pick-up. Reservations cannot be changed/edited after the 48-hour window begins. Any request is subject to being denied. Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Completing the form does not guarantee a reservation request. All equipment must be picked up and returned during normal Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness business hours. The renter will be responsible for any lost of damaged equipment. The Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness reserves the right to approve or deny any requests at their discretion.

Vehicle Reservation Guidelines

Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness vehicles are available to use free of charge to approved groups of the University of North Georgia as long as it is not already being used by the department or university. UNG employees or students who have completed the required Georgia DOAS Risk Management Motor Vehicle Training Course, are not currently disqualified drivers, and are at least 21 years of age are eligible to reserve the vehicle. A minimum of two members who are going on the trip must be eligible vehicle drivers at the time in which the reservation is made. A Vehicle Reservation Request must be submitted at least five business days before the vehicle will be needed. A copy of the certificate of completion of the motor vehicle training for each driver must be submitted with the reservation request. The club or approved group is responsible for the following:

  • Paying for all gas used. Failure to bring the vehicle back full of gas will result in a $6/gallon charge to the renting group.
  • Ensuring that the inside of the vehicle is clean when returned and not excessively dirty. This includes but is not limited to: dirt, mud, stained interior or ceiling/floor, garbage left in vehicle, etc. Failure to comply will result in a $50 cleaning fee.
  • Any damages beyond “normal wear & tear”.
  • Lost keys.


Currently enrolled students that take the majority of their classes on the Dahlonega Campus automatically pay the Rec Center Fee and have access to the facility.

Students enrolled on other campuses can access the Dahlonega Rec Center by visiting the Business Office and asking them to assess the Dahlonega Rec Center Fee.

Faculty, Staff, & Retirees of University of North Georgia

Full-time, benefited UNG employees can join the Dahlonega Rec Center for a discounted rate. This discounted rate is available for eligible dependents and retirees as well.

Alumni and Community Members

Members of the Alumni Association and Community Members are eligible for Rec Center memberships. Please contact Professional & Continuing Education for more information at (706) 864-1918.

Rules and Regulations

Use of the Rec Center is considered a privilege. Mature and respectful conduct is expected and required at all times. Rec Center staff reserve the right to remove any member or guest from the area if they exhibit behavior that is believed to be unsafe or inappropriate.

Rec Center Staff has authority over facility conduct and use of equipment. A patron who fails to follow Rec Center rules and regulations may be given a warning. If a staff member has requested compliance with policy, but the patron has refused, the patron may be asked to leave the Rec Center. Failure to comply with requests of the staff may also result in suspension of facility privileges.

General Rules

  • Patrons are only allowed in the facility during normal operating hours.
  • All patrons must swipe their University of North Georgia I.D. card at the gate upon entering the facility. Only valid patrons with valid ID Cards are allowed in the Rec Center. 
    1. Exceptions can be made for patrons who possess an active North Georgia I.D. but forget or lose their card, current active students that have not paid the Rec Center fee, and Ranger Camp employees. These people may purchase an Access Pass for $5 to use the facility for a single day. Access Passes cannot be used to gain access to Group Ex classes, Intramural Sport or Sport Club activities, or the Climbing Wall.
  • Individuals under the age of 15 are not permitted in the Rec Center. Individuals under the age of 18 must be directly supervised by their parent or guardian.
  • Rec Center staff shall monitor overall facility conduct, equipment, sound system, televisions, and thermostat.
  • All bags and personal items must be kept in designated areas and may not be carried around the facility. Neither the Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness nor the staff are responsible for lost or stolen items. Patrons should report missing items to the Facility Staff as soon as the items are noticed missing.
  • Lockers are available to rent per semester. Day-use lockers are also available for use, but contents and locks must be removed on a daily basis. Locks will be cut and lockers will be cleared at the end of each day.
  • No food or drinks are permitted in the Rec Center. The only exception is water or sports drinks in a sealed container or bottle. Water fountains and drink machines are available in the facility.
  • Spectator passes can be requested through the Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs program.
  • Bikes, roller-skates, and roller-blades are prohibited. Skateboards must be stored in the designated area.
  • Animals are not permitted, with the exception of trained service animals.
  • No one may take pictures or video inside the Rec Center without permission from the Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness Office.
  • Photography and Videography in locker rooms is strictly prohibited.
  • Personal Training in the Rec Center can only occur through Department of Campus Recreation and WellnessTrainers. Any other personal training, whether for pay or not, is strictly prohibited due to safety concerns and to ensure that no state facilities are used to advance a private enterprise.
  • If equipment or the facility is lost or damaged, the patron will be responsible for the cost of the repair.
  • Patrons must demonstrate courtesy towards others in the facility at all times. To ensure an inclusive environment:
  • Consistent or excessive yelling/grunting/noise is prohibited. Rec Center staff reserves the right to determine if any noise level is unacceptable.
  • Use of headphones is required when using a personal listening device.
  • Respect for equipment, facilities, and staff must be demonstrated at all times. The Rec Center is a place for everyone to feel welcome.
  • A closing announcement will be made approximately 15 minutes prior to closing. All participants are expected to finish their activity, re-rack all weights, return checked out equipment, and exit the Rec Center by closing time.
  • The use of alcohol, illegal recreational drugs or any form of tobacco while utilizing Recreational Sports facilities is strictly prohibited.

Fitness Area Rules

  • It is recommended that all patrons bring a clean towel to wipe down equipment after each use. Gym Wipes are provided for patrons to wipe down equipment after use.
  • There is a 30 minute limit on cardio equipment, if people are waiting.
  • Bars, weights, and dumbbells must be returned to the proper plate holders or rack after each use.
  • Slamming or dropping dumbbells or weight stacks is strictly prohibited. Always maintain control while exercising.
  • Olympic Lifts are not allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, cleans and snatches.
  • No equipment shall leave the facility unless prior approval has been obtained by the Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness Office.
  • Spotters must be utilized, when necessary, on all free weight equipment. Facility staff is able to spot when needed.
  • Weight Clips are required on all barbells with plated weights, at all times.
  • Immediately report any injury or equipment irregularity to the Facility Staff.
  • Rec Center staff is available to assist patrons with the operation of equipment that is unfamiliar in order to prevent injury from improper usage. For a more in-depth training, fitness assessment, exercise prescription, and personal training, please see the Graduate Assistant of Fitness. 

Gymnasium Area Rules

  • Dunking and hanging on the goals is not allowed during open recreational play.
  • Shirts must be worn at all times.
  • Courts are available for use on a first come, first serve basis. Scheduled events will be posted, so patrons will be aware of times when usage will be limited.
  • Hitting, kicking, and bouncing of soccer balls, basketballs, or other items against the walls is prohibited.
  • Patrons will be responsible for the cost of soccer balls, basketballs, or other items that are damaged or not returned.

Dress Code

  • Street clothes are not to be worn on weight and cardio equipment. This includes jeans, cargo shorts and pants, corduroy shorts and pants, belts, and apparel with rivets or other decorations that may cause increased wear and tear to equipment.
  • Shoes are required. Shoes must have a rubber sole and must be athletic in nature. Sandals, open-toe or open-back shoes, hard-soled shoes, slip-on shoes, Sperry’s, Vibram Five-Fingers, and boots are prohibited.
  • Tops or altered shirts that expose midriff, stomach, ribcage, or nipples are unacceptable.
  • Shorts and Pants must cover the buttocks and groin area at all times. Skirts are not allowed.
  • Singlets, full body, one-piece suits, made of spandex, spandex-like material, or tight cotton cannot be worn alone; a t-shirt and/or shorts must be worn in addition to the singlet or full body suit.
  • Clothing with obscene or offensive language, gestures, or slogans is unacceptable.
  • Appropriate support and undergarments are required.
  • Anything that compromises the safety and the professionalism of the Rec Center is prohibited.
  • The appropriateness of attire is at the discretion of Rec Center staff.
  • Apparel changes should be restricted to locker rooms or gender neutral facilities.

Guest Access Rules

  • Guests may gain access to the Rec Center with a member assuming responsibility.
  • Members are responsible for being with the guest at all times the guest is in the facility.
  • Members may bring up to 2 guests with them per visit.
  • A waiver must be completed by each guest the first time they visit the facility.
  • The cost is $5 per person – cash or check only.
  • We do not accept bills larger than $20.
  • Guests do not have access to Group Ex classes, Intramural Sport or Sport Club activities, or the Climbing Wall.

Locker Room Rules

Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness Staff and internal or external parties or groups utilizing Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness facilities are responsible for the strict enforcement of all rules and regulations. Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness has the right to modify these rules based on circumstance. Failure to comply will result in ejection from the facility.

  • Parents are responsible for their children in the facility.
  • Children over four (4) years of age are not permitted in the locker room of the opposite sex and are only allowed in the locker room under the supervision of the same sex parent or guardian.
  • Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness Staff may assist in checking availability of the locker rooms should other accommodations need to be made.
  • In some recreation facilities, family changing rooms are available. Please see Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness Staff for availability of these rooms. Should Department of Campus Recreation and Wellness Staff not be available, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to make arrangements for their child.

Posting Restrictions and Guidelines                                                                         

  • Nothing may be posted in the Rec Center on any surface that is not an approved posting area, including trash cans, walls, railings, bathroom stalls, benches, staircases, windows, doors, newspaper boxes, bulletin boards, etc.
  • The Facilities Coordinator will approve all posters before being posted in the facility. 
  • No commercial advertising is allowed in the Rec Center.
  • Posters must advertise an event sponsored by a registered student organization or department.
  • The name of the sponsoring organization or department must appear on the poster.
  • Posters will be removed the day after the advertised event.
  • If no deadline is put on the poster, it will remain on the board for 14 days only.
  • Limit of one flyer per event.

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