• "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

Scenic Drives

Why go?

Take a drive through the Appalachians while staying close to town so you can still make your dinner reservation.


  • Waterfalls: Cane Creek Falls, Dicks Creek Falls, DeSoto Falls, Helton Creek Falls
  • Lakes: Lake Trahlyta, Lake Winfield Scott, Dockery Lake
  • Scenic Areas: Yahoola Valley, Turners Corner, Suches Valley
  • Points of Interest & Historic Sites: Trahlyta's Grave at Stone Pile Gap, Mountain Crossings / Walasi-Yi Interpretive Center at Neels Gap, Vogel State Park, Woody Gap


Starting on the Dahlonega Square, head East on Main Street for 2 blocks. Turn left onto North Grove Street and continue for 2 miles. Turn left onto Camp Wahsega Road and continue for 3/4 mile. Turn right onto Black Mountain Road and continue for 6 miles. Continue straight onto Yahoola Road for 4 miles. Turn left onto Hwy 19 N and continue for 7 miles, staying right at Stone Pile Gap to continue on Hwy 19 N. At Turner's Corner, turn left onto Hwy 129 N. and continue for 11 miles. Turn left onto SR 180 W/Wolfpen Gap Road and continue for 11 miles. At Suches General Store, turn left onto Hwy 60 S and continue for 7 miles. Turn right at R-Ranch onto Stone Pile Gap Road and continue for 2 miles. Turn right onto Yahoola Road and continue for 2 miles. Continue straight onto Black Mountain Road for 6 miles. Turn left onto Camp Wahsega Road and continue for 3/4 mile. Turn right onto GA 60 S and continue for 2 miles. Turn right onto East Main Street and end at Dahlonega Square.

Scenic Drive Time:

2 hours (63 miles)

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