Dahlonega is Your Winter Outdoors Destination

by David Zunker Categories // Outdoor Adventures

Dahlonega is Your Winter Outdoors Destination

Escape into the mountains this winter in Dahlonega

Winter is a GREAT time for hiking, horseback riding, and outdoor exploring in the mountains of Dahlonega. See for miles from the top of Crown Mountain, the crest of Amicalola Falls, or from the back of a horse! Our mountain vistas are truly at their best in winter because of the crisp air and leafless trees.

22 Hiking trails in 32 square miles 

Dahlonega is nestled within Chattahoochee National Forest, which offers more than 750,000 acres of pristine mountain wilderness for you to explore. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready to experience these popular trails near Dahlonega.

Appalachian Trail – Dahlonega sits at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, the famed 2,181-mile trail that ends in Maine. 28 miles of the AT meander through our county. 

Amicalola Falls – Come hike (or drive) to the top of majestic Amicalola Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River at 729 ft. Make it a day trip and dine at the Lodge for great food with a view!

Benton MacKaye Trail – Beginning on Springer Mountain and ending in Smoky Mountain National Park, the Benton McKay Trail intersects several other trails in its more than 300 miles. 

30 Waterfalls calling your name 

Some of North Georgia’s most popular waterfalls are right here in Dahlonega - close enough for a daytime hike that ends with a luxury farm-to-table dinner at one of our award-winning wineries. 

Dicks Creek Falls and Amicalola Falls are both “drive in” waterfalls that don’t require hiking boots. 

Take the kids on a short, easy hike to see Desoto Falls’ upper and lower falls. Ramble down 1-mile walk to Duke’s Creek Falls. Got a stroller? You’ll love the paved walking path to Anna Ruby Falls from the Visitors Center. 

Want a more thrilling physical adventure? Take on the 5-mile round trip hike to Raven Cliff Falls through a beautiful rhododendron and hemlock forest. 

Horseback Riding 

Experience the mountains like the old-timers did, on the back of a trusty steed! Horseback riding is one of our top attractions for visitors of all ages who want to connect to nature in the saddle. 

Local resorts offer trail rides and riding trails exist in the Chattahoochee National Forest to give riders a range of trail options. Local businesses offer trail rides, riding instructions, dinner wagon cookouts and other services.



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About the Author

David Zunker

David Zunker

David Zunker is the Tourism Director at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber & Visitors Bureau. He is a journalist by training and a tourism professional by trade – having spent more than 25 years in the hospitality and travel business with resorts, state tourism offices, CVBs and chambers of commerce.

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