• "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


CampingFrom primitive campsites to RV parks, there are many choices for camping in and around Dahlonega. These campsites are close to area attractions and natures splendor... imagine waking up to the rustling of thousands of oak leaves and the swift sound of a rolling river... peaceful.

Private Campgrounds

Etowah River Campground
    (706) 867-7528
     437 Rider Mill Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533

Foothills Campground
    (706) 867-9979
     5320 Longbranch Road, Dahlonega, GA 30533

R-Ranch In the Mountains
    (706) 864-6444
     65 R-Ranch Road, Dahlonega GA 30533
    Private member-owned resort with RV hookups and cabins

Chattahoochee National Forest

The unique features of Georgia's national forests make these lands a place of exploration and wonder. They are unique lands rich with recreation opportunities, history and spectacular scenery. For more information on camping, including seasonal campground closures, fees, and special rules, please visit the Chattahoochee National Forest website.

A. Andrews Cove
Andrews Cove Recreation Area in White County offers a cool mountain stream and a peaceful atmosphere, and is only 15 minutes from the popular alpine village of Helen, Georgia. Located 14 miles north of Cleveland on Hwy 75.

B. Cooper Creek
Cooper Creek Recreation Area is located along the banks of Cooper Creek in the North Georgia mountains. Campers can experience all types of recreation activites, including camping, hiking, trout fishing, and hunting. Anglers may fish Cooper Creek and nearby Mulky Creek, both of which are seasonal trout streams for wild and stocked trout. To reach Cooper Creek camping area go north from Dahlonega on Hwy 60 for 23 miles to Cooper Creek Road (Corinth Church sign), turn right for 0.8 miles, turn left on unpaved FS 236 for 2.5 miles to camping area.

C. Deep Hole
Located along the banks of a big turn in the Toccoa River just north of Suches, GA. This small campground and recreation area offers camping, canoeing and fishing. This is a great place for year round water-based recreation activities. Located 26 miles north of Dahlonega on Hwy 60. Turn left at Forest Service sign.

D. Desoto Falls Recreation Area
The DeSoto Falls Recreation Area is located off Highway 129 just inside the National Forest boundary. The campground is a scenic spot with easy access for either a weekend of camping or a quick hike to the falls. There are two waterfalls which can be easily viewed along the DeSoto Falls trails. Trout fishing is popular along Frogtown Creek which flows adjacent to the campground. A mature forest provides the perfect setting for a family recreation getaway. 17 miles north of Dahlonega on US Hwy 19/129. Turn left at Forest Service sign.

E. Dockery Lake Recreation Area
Overlooking Dockery Lake and nestled deep within the mountains 12 miles north of Dahlonega, GA. Dockery Lake Recreation Area offers camping, picnicking and fishing for all ages. The Dockery Lake Campground is small and located right along the banks of Dockery Lake. Located 14 miles north of Dahlonega on GA Hwy 60. Turn right at Forest Service sign.

F. Frank Gross
Located along the banks of Rock Creek and far from civilization in North Georgia mountains. This recreation area offers camping and trout fishing. This area is well known for its trout fishing and is located just upstream from the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery. Located 27 miles north on GA Hwy 60, turn left onto FS 69 for 5 miles. Camping area is on the right.

G. Lake Winfield Scott
Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area is a destination recreation location situated high in a mountain valley. The recreation area offers  year-round recreation opportunities including camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming and hiking centered around the beautiful 18-acre lake. The campground is divided into a north loop and a south loop. Recent upgrades and renovations make Lake Winfield Scott a premier family recreation spot. Located 18 north on GA Hwy 60 to Suches, then right on GA Hwy 180 for 5 miles. Turn right at Forest Service sign.

H. Mulky Campground
Located along beautiful Cooper Creek, this recreation area offers camping, hiking and fishing. The camping area is across the road from the creek, and offers 11 campsites. The Mulky Recreation Area is commonly associated with and is located within 1 mile of the popular Cooper Creek Recreation Area and features several of the same recreation opportunities. Located 0.8 miles from Cooper Creek Campground and 4.9 miles from Hwy 60 on unpaved FS 4.

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