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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

Attractions

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve

Chestatee Wildlife PreserveThe 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.

The Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is located 45 minutes north of Atlanta, GA on Old Dahlonega Highway (SR 115) in Dahlonega.

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve is a Georgia 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and fully licensed rescue, exotic animal and wildlife preserve. The Preserve is funded through guest admission fees, corporate, and personal donations.

Visit the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve website.


Wildlife Wonders Paradise Valley Farms Petting Zoo

camelWildlife Wonders 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 our amazing animal ambassadors. Join us for our new guided tours to give you the ultimate experience with some of the most amazing animals around Wildlife Wonders is nestled
in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

The zoo is located on 30 acres of beautifully wooded land and nice pasture. There is a tranquil waterfall and a creek that winds its way through the zoo. This creek helps keep the air cool in the summer and  provided hours of entertainment for the different animals here at the zoo.

Wildlife Wonders animals are loved and cared for by a passionate and educated staff. This same staff is excited to have you come to us for the first time and learn more about the animals, enjoy interaction with many animals and have an experience you won't forget. Each animal has a habitat built specifically to suit their needs. All our habitats are approved by USDA. On the guided tour you will get to see where some of our animal ambassadors spend their time when they are not traveling.

We want our animals to have full lives. We provide that in many ways, such as the many hours of training and interaction the animals get with their trainers and the time they spend interacting with the public. During these performance programs, the animals experience new smells, new scenery and make new friends. When animals tire of traveling, we take them out of the rotation; we never force them into public interaction.

Enrichment can be as simple as giving a cardboard box to a primate (loads of entertainment)!  A fresh cut pine branch will give the phalangers hours of extra chewing. Wallabies love step stools and wolves enjoy playing with huge deer bones.  Give a parrot some corn on the cob or new wooden toys for hours of destruction and play.  We are always adding new enrichment ideas for the animals!
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Visit the Wildlife Wonders Paradise Valley Farms Petting Zoo website.

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