• "Great American Main Street Award® Winner"
    - National Main Street Center, Inc. 2016
  • "The South's Best Small Towns 2017"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2017
  • "4th Best Summer Weekend Escape"
    - USA Today Travel 2014

  • "4th Best Underground Attraction"
    - USA Today 2016 - Consolidated Gold Mine
  • "Best Wine Town Runner Up, Southern Dream Towns"
    - Garden & Gun Magazine 2012
  • "10th Best Historic Small Town"
    - USA Today 2016
  • "10th Best Course You Can Play in Georgia - Achasta"
    - Golfweek Magazine
  • "Dahlonega: Small-town Escape"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2012
  • "Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia"
    - Georgia's State Senate Resolution 2015

  • "National Main Street City"
    - National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • "Official Appalachian Trail Community"
    - Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2010
  • "Georgia's Premier Sports Cycling Community"
    - Georgia General Assembly Resolution 2005
  • "Site of First Major U.S. Gold Rush"
    - Thousands of Miners, 1829-1849

Military Heritage

Ranger Camp  (706) 864-3327
   1 Camp Merrill, Dahlonega, GA 30533
  Visitors for the Museum must Call in Advance and Check In at the Main Gate.

Camp Frank D. Merrill is home to the 5th Ranger Training Battalion (est. 1952) and the mountain phase of the U.S. Army Ranger School. Named in honor of Major General Frank D. Merrill, commander of one of the first Ranger units (Merrill’s Marauders in World War II), the camp’s 290 acres are  located at the base of the North Georgia Mountains near the Appalachian Trail.

Almost every war that has been fought since the start of recorded history has included some type of mountain operations, therefore the knowledge gained at Camp Frank D. Merrill is crucial for both survival and operational success.

The Ranger community regularly participates in local events such as the Fourth of July Family Day Celebration, Veteran’s Day activities at Lumpkin County High School, Memorial Day ceremonies, and various Parades.

Camp Merrill is also home to many hiking, running, and biking trails (on and off road) through the Chattahoochee National Forest.

The Camp Frank D. Merrill Museum building is an exact replica of the original hutments that were used as student barracks as a historical monument and museum.  The Museum was dedicated in 1994 to the officers and non-commissioned Officers of the Mountain Ranger Training Camp from 1952 to Present.  Besides the array of trails and the extraordinary scenery surrounding Camp Merrill, the Camp Museum provides a fascinating exhibition of Ranger memorabilia that visitors may tour.

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Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau  |  13 South Park Street  |  Dahlonega, GA 30533  |  (706) 864-3711 or (800) 231-5543.