Adventure Awaits in Dahlonega

by Kristyn Iodice Categories // Outdoor Adventures

Adventure Awaits in Dahlonega

A window of opportunity has opened in the North Georgia Mountains. Typically, it does not stay open for long so it's best to take advantage of it while it lasts. From late February through the end of March, mild temperatures and the lack of vegetation offer a unique experience to the visitor. If you're the type who likes to get out and explore, or just enjoy day trips with a bit of adventure thrown in, Lumpkin County is calling right now.

Forgotten cemeteries, old buildings and strangely bent trees are just a few of the historical treasures waiting to be discovered.

Although the forests may still look rather bleak, now is the perfect time to explore Lumpkin County and see things you can’t see at any other time of the year – when these treasures are covered up with leafed out trees and dense shrubbery. There is much to be seen and discovered along the back roads and trails of the area before the trees begin to blossom. If you might be turned off to the idea of a hike in the woods because of bugs, snakes and other annoying critters,fear not. While the temperatures remain fairly cool, insects are still dormant.

Whether you're on foot, a bike or even a car, you'll want to take things a little slower when you're in Lumpkin County. You never know what you may find just around the bend.

Wanderings in the wilds of Lumpkin are not limited to the hiker either. Many canoe and kayak enthusiasts can also enjoy the challenge of finding a man-made mining tunnel and the remains of old dredge boats in the Chestatee and Etowah rivers. The sharp-eyed adventurer may also catch a glimpse of the former town of Jay on the Etowah or the stone pilings from an old mill or bridge. All are reminders of Lumpkin County's rich past.

Don't wait. The daffodils have made their reappearance so spring can't be far off. If you are looking for a great way to spend a day, or even a weekend, make plans to visit Lumpkin County soon.

The kudzu waits for no one.

About the Author

Chris Worick

Chris Worick

Chris Worick has lived in Dahlonega since 2001 and spends much of his free time researching the history of Lumpkin County and the 1829 Gold Rush. Chris is an active member of the Lumpkin County Historical Society and regularly writes articles of historical interest for the Dahlonega Nugget.

Comments (1)

  • Bob Taylor

    27 September 2016 at 13:35 |
    I am a Florida boy interested in the Ga. Gold Rush. Is there any chance an outsider could try his hand at prospecting in or along the rivers, or through some of the non touristy gold mines. I am an old man with a new hobby and would appreciate any help you could provide. Bob.


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