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  • "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

See & Do

Experience our authentic, award-winning, Appalachian Mountains destination of relaxing and educational attractions and fun itineraries. Take your time and take in the sights and sounds of Dahlonega where both healing and culinary arts pamper the soul and the allures and traditions at the University of North Georgia enhance every visit.

From live music, arts, and theater, to local shopping and dining, heritage museums and tours, and seasonal festivals, we invite you to unwind along our trails, on our rivers, in our vineyards, and in our relaxing lodging accommodations. Explore National Forest land and waterfalls, family wildlife excursions to pettings zoos and preserves, or the challenge of hunting geo-cached treasures.

Come to the North Georgia Mountains to rediscover Georgia’s golden town with no rush. Travel Safely and Have Fun!

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Discover Gold

Download Rediscover Gold ItineraryFrom the dome of Atlanta’s Capitol to University of North Georgia's iconic Price Memorial Hall gold-covered steeple and the Smithsonian-worthy Chestatee River Diving Bell, Dahlonega’s gold legacy lives on. Located on top of the largest gold deposits found east of the Mississippi River, gold was first discovered completely by accident in the Dahlonega area in 1828, 20 years before the Gold Rush to California. Deer hunter, Benjamin Parks, tripped over a rock 2 ½ miles south of what is now Dahlonega and, upon inspecting the rock, he discovered that it was full of gold! Within one year’s time some 15,000 miners rushed o Dahlonega to find some gold for themselves. At that time there was so much gold in and around Dahlonega that it laid on top of the ground. Gold had been washing off the mountainsides for centuries.

Most of the gold that could be mined economically has been removed from the earth below Dahlonega, dug and carried out of many tunnels by miners since 1829. However, you can still experience a taste of America’s first gold rush in Dahlonega as you pan for your fortune in one of the area’s creeks and rivers and at the Consolidated or Crisson Gold Mines -- or you could always cross your fingers and hope to trip over that stray nugget. Tour an old gold mine and visit the Dahlonega Gold Museum, Georgia’s oldest, which offers visitors an up close look at Georgia’s gold mining history, including a complete collection of gold coins -- worth a small fortune -- minted right here in Dahlonega..

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Spas & Wellness

Visiting a day spa is an easy way to take a break and treat yourself. Many of Dahlonega's day spas offer a wide range of massages, facials, body wraps, manicures, and pedicures.

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Trip Ideas

Dahlonega’s many lodging options range from darling B&Bs with scenic views and spa, wellness or outdoor packages; elegant amenity-laden mountain cabins; and historic in-town accommodations that put you within easy strolling of shopping, dining, theatre and music venues.

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Arts & Live Music

From Visual Arts Galleries to Performing Arts, Dahlonega’s unique scene offers culture seekers both one-of-a-kind collectables and memorable experiences.  Local artist groups produce monthly activities and demonstrations as well as annual Festivals.  There are year round theatrical performances, concerts, and traditional music jams at the Historic Holly Theater, intimate music venues, and outdoor parks.  The Downtown Historic District is alive with turn of the century architecture spotlighting the art of design and preserving the charm of the shops, eateries, and entertainment venues.

Dahlonega’s colorful community fabric is not just found at seasonal festivals but also at the University of North Georgia. The UNG Department of Visual Arts showcases such attractions as Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitions and the Bob Owens Art Gallery while the UNG Appalachian Studies Center promotes the many arts of Appalachia culture.  The Department of Music presents a variety of public student and faculty performances each year including world-class guest artist concerts, and the Media Department offers Film events.

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Live Music

“Dahlonega was an incubator for me and many upcoming bands. It’s an ideal place to listen to some really outstanding music in a fun atmosphere, where you can discover new talent and hear some of the great established artists.”

- Zac Brown of the platinum-selling Zac Brown Band

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The Arts

Art is good for the Heart! From Visual and Performing Arts, Culinary and Vintner Arts, Music and Storytelling, relaxation and Healing Arts, and Writers and Filmmakers, welcome to the cultural hub of the Northeast Georgia Mountains. We invite you to come enjoy our Arts community from the historic University campus to the National Registered downtown Historic district. Stroll our shops, taste our local food and wine, and have fun experiencing our vibrant arts scene. 

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Outdoor Adventures

The Chattahoochee National Forest makes up one-third of Lumpkin County, providing ample opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and ATV driving. Tubing, canoeing, and kayaking on the Chestatee or Etowah rivers will thrill and challenge enthusiasts of all skill levels, while the many waterfalls throughout the county offer serene spots for picnics and photography.

The southern terminus of the famous Appalachian Trail, the continuous marked footpath that stretches from Georgia’s Springer Mountain to Maine (a distance of about 2,160 miles), begins just east of Dahlonega and meanders through 28 miles of our county.

Anglers will find world-class trout fishing in the many Lumpkin County creeks, including heavily-stocked Dick’s Creek, and year-round fishing in the Etowah River and Yahoola Creek.

Visit one of the local wildlife preserves to learn about and get close to animals that would otherwise be elusive. To really feel like a kid again, try finding your way out of an old-fashioned corn maze – a country pleasure like no other.

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Waterfalls

Download North GA Waterfall AppFrom roaring waterfalls to gurgling cascades, the mountains of North Georgia offer some of the best falls in the United States. While there are over 120 waterfalls in North Georgia, these are some of the most popular falls in the Dahlonega area.

For more information about North Georgia's waterfalls, visit Jack Anthony's "Waterfalls of North Georgia".

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Motorcycling

Dahlonega offers a collection of scenic attractions such as mountains, lush forests, and many freshwater bodies that will provide a picturesque backdrop for some wonderful motorcycle rides. The North Georgia mountains are rich in Historical Southern culture defined by its people, its music, its history & festivals and will provide motorcyclists with some distinctive amenities.

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Wildlife

Wildlife Viewing is Nature at it's best in Dahlonega, and observing and Identifying local wildlife can seem a world away. Dahlonega and Northeast Georgia are a playground for both wildlife watchers and our fauna friends!   An abundance of Deer, Turkey, Bear, small furbearers can be seen as well as picnicking and watching birds. Come slow down to watch our animals cross your path in Dahlonega's great outdoors, National Forest, or visit our Wildlife Preserves and Zoos Attractions with both local and exotic experiences. 

  • Black Bears
  • Birding
  • Zoos & Wildlife Preserves

WildlifeIf you spend enough time hiking or picnicking in the North Georgia mountains, odds are it's only a matter of time before your next bear encounter. Fortunately, the black bear tends to be friendly and will not attack humans unless provoked.

Of course, the best way to avoid run-ins with Georgia's largest mammal is taking measures to prevent a bear encounter.

For starters, you need to know that bear attacks in the wild are extremely rare. But there are some bear safety tips you can take away that will make you feel more relaxed and minimize your risk when you are traveling in areas that are home to bears.

What do I do if I See a Bear?

If you see a bear remain watchful. Do not approach it. If your presence causes the bear to change its behavior (stops feeding, changes its travel direction, watches you, etc.) - you're too close. Being too close may promote aggressive behavior from the bear such as running toward you, making loud noises, or swatting the ground. The bear is demanding more space. Don't run, but slowly back away, watching the bear. Try to increase the distance between you and the bear. The bear will probably do the same.

If a bear persistently follows or approaches you, without vocalizing, or paw swatting, change your direction. If the bear continues to follow you, stand your ground. If the bear gets closer, talk loudly or shout at it. Act aggressively to intimidate the bear. Act together as a group if you have companions. Make yourselves look as large as possible (for example, move to higher ground). Throw non-food objects such as rocks at the bear. Use a deterrent such as a stout stick. Don't run and don't turn away from the bear. Don't leave food for the bear; this encourages further problems.

Most injuries from black bear attacks are minor and result from a bear attempting to get at people's food. If the bear's behavior indicates that it is after your food and you're physically attacked, separate yourself from the food and slowly back away.

If the bear shows no interest in your food and you're physically attacked, fight back aggressively with any available object - the bear may consider you as prey!

Backcountry and Trail Precautions

  • Don't surprise bears. If you're hiking, make your presence known. Make noise by talking loudly, singing, or wearing a bell.
  • If you can, travel with a group. Groups are noisier and easier for bears to detect.
  • Keep in mind that bears tend to be more active at dawn and dusk so plan your hikes accordingly.
  • Stay on marked trails and obey the regulations of the area you're hiking/camping in.
  • If you're hiking in bear country, keep an eye out for tracks, scat, digs, and trees that bears have rubbed.

Campground and Picnic Area Precautions

  • Never cook or store food in or near your tent.
  • Hang food and other items with strong odors (ie, toothpaste, bug repellent, soap, etc.) out of reach of bears. Hang items at least 10 ft above the ground and if no trees are available, store your food in airtight or bear-proof containers.
  • Change your clothing before you go to sleep; don't wear what you cooked in to go to bed and be sure to store smelly clothing along with your food/smelly items.
  • Keep the area clean. Be sure to wash dishes, dispose of garbage, and wipe down tables.
  • Burn garbage completely in a hot fire and pack trash out - don't bury it.

Help Protect Our Bears!

The black bear's keen sense of smell leads it to insects, nuts and berries, but the animal is also enticed by the tantalizing smells of human food and garbage such as hot dogs, apple cores, chips, and watermelon rinds left on the ground in picnic areas, campgrounds, and along trails. Feeding bears or allowing them access to human food and garbage causes a number of problems:

  • It changes the bear's behavior and causes them to lose their instinctive fear of humans. Over time, these bears may begin approaching people in search of food and may become more unpredictable and dangerous.
  • Bears that obtain human food and garbage damage property and injure people. These bears pose a risk to public safety. They can also teach other bears this dangerous behavior. Often, they must be euthanized.
  • Studies have shown that bears that lose their fear of people by obtaining human food and garbage never live as long as bears that feed on natural foods and are shy and afraid of people. Many are hit by cars and become easy targets for poachers.

Visitors are urged to view all wildlife at a safe distance and to never throw food or garbage on the ground or leave it unattended. Garbage Kills Bears!

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Like Watching Birds?

Then Georgia's Wildlife Resources Division Areas (WRDs) are perfect for you! There are 106 WRD areas listed for bird watching below that are located in 7 Regions. Enjoy!

Dahlonega is near two great WRDs in Region 2 with such wonderful wildlife as Deer and Bear, Turkey, Small Game, Raccoon, Opossum, Fox, Bobcat, Raccoon, Opossum, Waterfowl, Feral Hogs. Located in Lumpkin and Union counties.

Chestatee WMA - 25,000 acres
Blue Ridge WMA - 38,900 acres. Located 10 miles north of Dahlonega
Directions From Dahlonega: To the Jones Creek check station: Travel 9 miles west on Hwy. 52 to Nimblewill Rd.; turn right and go 2.4 miles; turn right on USFS Rd. #28 and go 2.4 miles to USFS Road #77; take left fork to check station. To the Rock Creek check station: Take GA 60 north for 28 miles to jct. with USFS Road #69; turn left and go 1 mile to the check station.

Contact Information
Wildlife Game Management - (770) 535-5700
Non-Game Wildlife & Natural Heritage - (770) 918-6411
Law Enforcement - (770) 535-5499

Golden-winged Warblers

BirdingThe golden-winged warbler, a diminutive bird splashed with bright-yellow highlights, had it good in the Southern Appalachians 100 years ago. The golden-winged warbler is a federal species of concern - only about 12 pairs of golden-wings still nest here.

  • Small (4.25 inches long), active bird.
  • Markings on mature males include yellow forehead, black mask (with white underneath) and yellow patches on wings.
  • Eats insects (mostly moth caterpillars) and spiders.
  • Breeds near the ground in shrub areas along forest edges. Winters in tropical forests.
  • Only 12 breeding pairs documented in Georgia, all in Chattahoochee National Forest’s Brawley Mountain area between Dahlonega and Suches.
  • Species is declining across its range due to habitat loss and expansion of blue-winged warblers. Listed as a federal species of concern and a high-priority species in Georgia’s Wildlife Action Plan. Golden-wings are expanding into the Northwest.
  • “Mated” males sing a different song, making the location of breeding pairs easier.
  • Quotable: “They’d make terrible poker players,” DNR’s Nathan Klaus, referring to how singing males often stop and look toward where their mate’s nest is.

 

 

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Animal lovers, families, and groups can tour, touch, and feed at two unique wildlife attractions in Dahlonega. From exotic and endangered species to a variety of rare and unique farm animals, visitors enjoy hundreds of animals and can experience special walks and behind the scenes tours that are always favorites with adults and the kids!

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve  (678) 859-6820
   469 Old Dahlonega Highway, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
 www.chestateewildlifepreserve.org

The Chestatee Wildlife Preserve features over 100 animals, with many different species and sits on over 20 acres of gently rolling farmland. The Preserve is a magical place to walk around or feed some of the animals. The pace of the Preserve is meant to be slow as guests meander among the exhibits. They can’t help but see and hear new things. This is when the questions usually start and volunteers circulating throughout the property are quick to help with answers that hopefully lead to more questions.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is a non-profit corporation and fully licensed rescue, exotic animal and wildlife preserve. The Preserve is funded through guest admission fees, corporate, and personal donations.

North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm

North Georgia-Zoo  (706) 348-7279
   2912 Paradise Valley Road, Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
 www.northgeorgiazoo.com

North Georgia Zoo is home to over 80 different species of exotic animals. From alligators, monkeys, kangaroos, wildcats, zebras and more! Get up close and personal with some of their amazing animal ambassadors. Enjoy visiting with hundreds of animals! Visit with the new babies and meet some famous animals! Have fun feeding a variety or rare, mini, and unique farm animals. Join North Georgia Zoo for their new, improved Wildlife Walks - a hands on experience you won't forget!!

Take a ride through the zoo to view animals such as camels, zebras, water buffalo and more. Pony rides and bottle feeding are always a favorite with the kids! Visit us this year for your family adventure!

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Wineries & Vineyards

"Download Wine GuideDahlonega: Best Wine Town, Runner Up"
     - Garden & Gun Magazine

Wine enthusiasts need venture no further than the foothills of the North Georgia mountains to enjoy award-winning wines and breathtaking views. With the highest concentration of wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms in the state, Dahlonega is known as the Heart of Georgia Wine Country and the Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia. Home to 12 wine tasting rooms and five wineries, Dahlonega offers a variety of quality and award-winning local, regional, and international wines to locals and visitors from all over the world.

Dahlonega’s acclaimed North Georgia wineries and vineyards offer homegrown hospitality and premier wine and food experiences, each with their own unique draw. Dahlonega-Lumpkin County’s favorable mountain elevations and growing conditions contribute to the region’s expanding wine industry, which annually produces around 100 acres of a variety of European, French hybrid, and American wine grapes.

Each of our distinct winery venues offer tours, tastings, and impressive scenic views, as well as destination wedding facilities. Looking for a relaxing getaway or a romantic evening in the mountains? Plan to attend the many annual events, trails and festivals, exquisite dinners, and great live music offered at Dahlonega’s wineries throughout the year. The most celebrated and attended of these events is the annual Dahlonega Wine Trail Weekend; held every August, attendees can enjoy a weekend of leisure wine sampling at each of our participating wineries.

For more information about Dahlonega, Lumpkin County and the burgeoning wine industry in this region, stop by our Visitors Center in Historic Downtown Dahlonega or visit our wineries’ websites featured below.

Downtown Tasting Rooms

Dahlonega’s locally owned and operated wineries and tasting rooms take immense pride in sharing their wines with hospitality, knowledge, and enthusiasm and are committed in representing Dahlonega-Lumpkin County as the “Wine Tasting Capital of Georgia” and the “Heart of Georgia’s Wine Country”. Our National Registered Historic Downtown District features seven downtown tasting rooms, each with its own unique flair.

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Tours & Scenic Drives

The town and surrounding area is rich in history and provides the visitor with a relaxing atmosphere in which to browse the local shops, sample the cooking, enjoy a variety of Bed and Breakfast accommodations, experience the festivals held throughout the year and return to an era when gold was discovered by the early settlers.

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Historic Hawkins Street

The Hawkins Street Neighborhood is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hawkins Street is located 2 blocks northwest of the Public Square of Dahlonega and is the northernmost cross street of the original village laid out in 1833 within the bounds of land lot 950-12-1. This web page provides a pictorial tour of the older buildings in this historic neighborhood. The buildings are shown in order of their age, the oldest being shown first.

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Scenic Drives

Enjoy a peaceful drive through one of Dahlonega’s beautiful routes. Splashed with gorgeous colors in the Fall and crisp green in the Spring, soak up the sun right here in the North Georgia Mountains while exploring our scenic routes.

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Attractions

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Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin patches and hay bales, corn mazes and Indian corn, tractors and hay rides...for lots of Fall fresh air and even special Halloween fun near you, the Dahlonega area welcomes your family for the farm festivities, fresh baked pies, family pictures, and much more!

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Zoos & Wildlife Preserves

Animal lovers, families, and groups can tour, touch, and feed at two unique wildlife attractions in Dahlonega. From exotic and endangered species to a variety of rare and unique farm animals, visitors enjoy hundreds of animals and can experience special walks and behind the scenes tours that are always favorites with adults and the kids! 

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U-Pick Farms & Orchards

Where working farms meet home grown hospitality, the Dahlonega and North Georgia area has many unique agriculture type entertainment options for fun-filled days at Family Farms and Orchards.

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Gardens & Parks

If you are looking for the perfect location for a family picnic, a quiet reading nook, or some fun in the sun with family and friends, Dahlonega and Lumpkin County are home to several delightful parks. Featuring beautiful scenery, historic artifacts, benches and picnic tables, sports courts and fields, and walking trails, our community parks range from intimate garden settings to full-scale recreational parks. In search of more outdoor adventures? Dahlonega is a short drive from incredible state parks, including Amicalola Falls State Park, Smithgall Woods State Park, and Unicoi State Park.

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History & Heritage

Lumpkin County was created on Dec. 3, 1832 by an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Georgia. The boom town of Auraria, Dahlonega and all of Lumpkin County's heritage includes the Cherokee Nation and our Nation's first gold rush, the gold mining and Civil War eras, the founding of Georgia's first Agricultural College now the University of North Georgia and Georgia's Military College, and the wonderfully rich history of Lumpkin's people and their County Seat of Dahlonega - a National Registered Historic and preserved Main Street City.

With the gold steeple of Price Memorial Hall erected on the site of the former U.S. Branch Mint and watching over the old college campus, downtown Dahlonega square, and Mount Hope Cemetery, the notable Dahlonega building is one example of the terrific late 1800's architecture and stands tall as one of three gold-topped buildings in Georgia along with Savannah's City Hall and the Georgia State Capitol dome in Atlanta - all gilded with Dahlonega gold.

Local heritage attractions and festivities present local pride and traditions along with visitor appeal and educational resources. Native American, Gold mining, Military, family history, and even remarkably spooky tales provide the wealth of fun for taking in local heritage.

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Museums

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Cemeteries

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Native American History

Cherokee IndiansNothing more clearly evokes Dahlonega’s past than its very name, coming from the Cherokee Indian word “ta-lo-ne-ga.” The Cherokee name speaks of the time when the area was part of the Cherokee Indian Nation (and before that, was also home to the Creek Indians). The meaning of the word ta-lo-ne-ga, “yellow,” speaks volumes about what eventually drove the Cherokee out on the infamous Trail of Tears— gold!  Cherokee for Da-lo-ni-ge English phonetics: dah low knee gay. In 1833 the city was named Talonega by the Georgia General Assembly on 21 December 1833. The name was changed from Talonega by the Georgia General Assembly on 25 December 1837 to Dahlonega, from the Cherokee-language word Dalonige, meaning "yellow" or "gold."

Both white men and the Indians knew of the gold in the area for hundreds of years. Indians panned for gold in the early 1540s, joined by Spanish miners until they were expelled by the English in the 1730s.

The discovery of gold was one of the major reasons behind Cherokee Removal, in which the state of Georgia expelled Cherokees from their ancestral lands in 1838.  President Andrew Jackson supported Georgia's aspirations to control Cherokee land, and in 1830 he drafted the Indian Removal Act, which paved the way for Indian removal west. In 1838, the Cherokee removal (also known as the Trail of Tears) began, and in that same year Dahlonega, which is Cherokee for "yellow money," became a branch mint of the United States Mint.  With the Cherokee forced out in 1838, the white miners and settlers had the gold and the land to themselves

Dahlonega was home to many Creeks and Cherokees and still is today. There are a few Creek and Cherokee descendants in Dahlonega today, though they are not in communities but scattered throughout Dahlonega. Most of the descendants are Creek-Cherokee mixed.

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Genealogy Research

Searching for Family Ancestors? Enjoy Dahlonega and Lumpkin County site links, facilities housing special collections, and more!
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Military Heritage

When we celebrate our freedom, Dahlonega, Lumpkin County surely stands out; roads lined with Memorial Markers as we honor those who have sacrificed for our country. With the military presence of the University of North Georgia and Frank. D. Merrill US Ranger Camp, Dahlonega honors those who serve and have served. Memorial Sites and Cemeteries, Annual Events and Parades, and daily Traditions preserve and present our local pride and share our Military Heritage with visitors.

Memorial Sites and Cemeteries, Annual Events and Parades, and daily Traditions preserve and present our local pride and share our Military Heritage with visitors.
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Historic Downtown

"Any way you look at it, Downtown Dahlonega is a mountain treasure and the gold standard in regional attractions"
    
- Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority / Main Street Program

Dahlonega’s historic public square is the hub of the county’s thriving tourism industry, and residents enjoy the city’s charm as much as visitors do. Connected by shaded brick sidewalks, shops, galleries, restaurants, and entertainment spots fill our 19th century buildings. It’s not unusual to hear musicians jamming on the square and see artists with their sketch pads whiling away breezy afternoons.

Enjoy history, charm, fine dining, local wines and unique retail stores in a beautiful and memorable atmosphere. Dahlonega's Downtown District -- listed on the National Register -- features historic streets and public square, walking tours, and green-space parks and is one of the South's most quaint and active town centers. Downtown Dahlonega is an award-winning Main Street City and an exciting place to visit, shop, live, and do business.

Known for its gold rush history, Dahlonega is truly a golden experience. While the gold mines and Georgia's State Historic Site, the Dahlonega Gold Museum, are popular day-trip destinations for families, culinary adventures also broaden the appeal. Diners enjoy over a dozen downtown restaurants and regional Georgia wine tasting rooms. Downtown Dahlonega, centered around the landmark historic Gold Museum, formerly the 1836 Old Lumpkin County Courthouse, is also adjacent to the renowned University of North Georgia campus rich with activities, attractions, architecture and traditions. Downtown offers over one hundred shops, restaurants, and other local, small businesses attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.

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Towns Nearby

During your Dahlonega stay, travel out for the day for one-of-a-kind attractions such as Tallulah Gorge, Apple alley, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway Train Ride, Georgia's NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Currahee Military Museum, numerous North Georgia Wineries, concerts at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, Lakes Lanier and Chatuge, Brasstown Bald, the Classic City of Athens, Ty Cobb Museum, Rabun County White Water Rafting, and much more all within a one hour drive!

Dahlonega is a great hub for enjoying the Northeast Georgia region and other must see Georgia adventures.  Beautiful drives and day trip excursions are easy and fun ways to venture beyond the Dahlonega experience to see and savor small towns South to Gainesville and Athens, Southwest to Dawsonville and Roswell, Northeast to Alpine Helen, Clarkesville, Toccoa, and Clayton, Northwest to Ellijay and Blueridge, or North to Blairsville, Hiawassee, and Young Harris.

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Passport

The Dahlonega Passport Discount card trial.
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Meetings & Groups

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Why Meet in Dahlonega?

Located just one hour north of Atlanta and nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the historic community of Dahlonega (pronounced Duh-lon-a-ga), Georgia, is site of the first U.S. Gold Rush in 1828, twenty years before the well-known California gold rush. The excitement and financial success of gold mining created a robust community in the early 1800’s, only to be surpassed by a “new” kind of gold rush in Dahlonega today.

Dahlonega is an award-winning, authentic community with five vineyards and wineries, streets and National Registered Historic Districts of original architecture, local shopping and dining experiences, outdoor recreation and wildlife adventure, and live music and arts. Begin at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center for an overview of the area and directions to local attractions. Dahlonega is a bit of true Americana where the best of nature, arts, and culinary treats await visitors. With the magnificent setting of the North Georgia Mountains as a backdrop, the boundaries of the Chattahoochee National Forest just steps away, and the culture and campus of the University of North Georgia adjacent to the Dahlonega downtown district, Dahlonega is the ideal destination for your next meeting.  

Our Georgia Mountains location is centrally located in the Northeast Mountains region easily accessible from nearby cities such as Atlanta and Chattanooga and borders states eastern Alabama, western North and South Carolina, and northern Florida.

Let our experienced staff put the resources of the Bureau to work for you, at no charge, researching availability and information for your meeting. Our dedicated staff of Information Specialists will help you through every step of planning your next great event.

For More Information:

Robb Nichols
President
Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau
13 South Park St.
Dahlonega, Georgia 30533
Office: 706-864-3711
Other: 706-867-3766
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Press & Media

On behalf of the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau, thank you for your interest in Dahlonega.

It is our pleasure to provide you with information about our captivating destination. We hope you find this information to be of assistance as you explore everything that Dahlonega has to offer. If you’d like to see Dahlonega for yourself, or if you have any further questions, please contact:

MEDIA CONTACT
Jennifer Nowicki • Pineapple PR
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(404) 237-3761 office

VISITORS BUREAU CONTACT
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(706) 867-3764 office

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Plan Your Trip

Neels GapIf you’re planning a trip to Dahlonega, Georgia, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or the 100th, we can help you plan the perfect trip.

Request our free Visitors Guide or sign up for our e-newsletter to learn more about what Dahlonega has to offer.

Find the perfect hotel, cabin, or B&B using our search tool.

Download useful maps to help you find your way around Dahlonega, Lumpkin County, and surrounding areas.

Once you’ve planned the perfect getaway, we still recommend stopping by the Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Visitors Center for personal tips, deals and the latest on what’s happening in Dahlonega.

See you soon!

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Getting Here

Download MapsDahlonega is located one hour north of Atlanta, at the end of GA-400. Our city is within three hours of more than ten million people living in Atlanta, Greenville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Birmingham, and Augusta.

Getting around Dahlonega is as easy as it is to get here in the first place! And once you're here? Getting around is a snap, whether you're driving your own vehicle, taking a taxi, or even pedaling your bike!

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Blog

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Weddings

Dahlonega, in the heart of the North Georgia Mountains, is home to several wedding and special event venues from resort, wineries and vineyards and rustic barns to intimate chapels, historic homes and buildings, and bed & breakfasts. Breathtaking waterfalls and a wonderful historic district also lend to your special engagements. Dahlonega, Georgia has become a favorite destination wedding experience!

Conveniently located one hour North of Atlanta, Dahlonega's stress-free nature built on history, outdoor beauty, farm setting wine country, tucked-away streams and waterfalls, and many romantic venues to say "I Do", and the many fun amenities surrounding your festivities make us proud to announce that our community is welcoming couples from all over the world to remember their special day.

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Venues

With a backdrop of wildflowers overlooking a mountain vista, you can exchange vows in God's own church that has been unspoiled by the hands of man. For a ceremony with a more Continental flair, how about a sunset wedding at a vineyard or under a gazebo in an English-style garden with horses grazing in the background? And of course, for a truly spectacular setting, the area's many waterfalls act not only as a wedding backdrop, but as a visual metaphor for the awesome power of love.

Just north of Atlanta on the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Chattahoochee National Forest, Dahlonega is a convenient and scenic location to host a beautiful wedding. Smaller venues in the area offer intimacy and privacy, while larger ones can accommodate many guests on the couple's special day. Whatever your taste, romance is in the air in Dahlonega and you are sure to find the ideal venue for your perfect wedding right here.

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Visitors

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Convention and Visitors Bureau

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The Dahlonega Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the destination marketing division of the Dahlonega Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce. The CVB manages the Dahlonega Visitors Center and promotes community lodging, attractions, arts, shopping, restaurants, history and much more.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is the point of contact for visitors, group travel professionals, meeting planners and media representatives.

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Dahlonega Visitors Center

Dahlonega Visitors Center hours: 9:00AM - 5:30PM Monday through Sunday

The Visitors Center:

  • Features information on local, regional and state attractions and events. 
  • Provides contact to appropriate local agencies and information.
  • Maintains a current list and contact information for hotels, attractions, and other lists that will be beneficial to guests and staff.
  • Assists with visitors inquiries.

The Visitors Center Observes Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day holidays and closes early on Christmas and New Year's Eve.

For additional information call 1-800-231-5543 or send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


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Stay the Night

Whether you stay for a night or an entire week, a Dahlonega visit means restful nights with charm and hospitality for those looking for a soothing escape. From romantic getaways to campgrounds where you can sleep under the stars, Dahlonega offers a unique lodging experience to suit every dream and budget.

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Ghost Tours

Sometimes, things do go bump in the night. Dahlonega is known for two famous photographs of ghosts, so come on out and get your camera ready. Dahlonega is rich with ghost lore. Be prepared to hear all the local ghost stories that accompany this city’s history.

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Family Entertainment

Planning a family trip to Dahlonega? We have a variety of entertainment that is sure to excite the little ones! Choose from one or more of the below child-focused activities and create an unforgettable itinerary that your children are sure to enjoy!

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