Zip Lining Near Dahlonega

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Have you ever dreamed of flying? Soaring across the tree tops down a mountain like a bird in flight? Hearing the wind rush by while you descend from the mountain? Feeling a sense of peace with a feel of exhilaration all at the same time? If you have, maybe it’s time to try zip lining.

Zip lining is a safe and thrilling activity; trained guides help you get strapped into your harness and get your helmet fitted. The cable you use to glide down the mountain is thick and the fasteners are tested frequently. The only thing you need to watch out for is to keep your arms to your sides and sometimes you may need to cannonball to build up speed based on your weight.

In the North Georgia mountains near Dahlonega there are several zip line facilities that offer zip tours or rides. Among them are Amicalola and Unicoi State Parks and Nacoochee Adventures near Habersham Winery south of Helen. Specific information about the providers are shown below with links and directional maps from the inn.

Nacoochee Adventures

This is the only venue we have visited and tried. It is located next to Habersham Winery south of Helen. Several kinds of zip line tours are offered ranging in time from 30 minutes to 2 1/2 hours long. They have gold mine and bear cave tours as well as the famous Intimidator which is one of the longest dual lines in Georgia. The bumpy bus ride to the top of the course is half the fun. They also zip in the rain. Open 7 days a week from 9am-6pm. Call for a reservation, (706) 878-9477, to insure availability. For more information visit their web site below. https://www.nacoocheeadventures.com/zip-lines

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Unicoi State Park

Unicoi State Park near Helen has two different zip line levels to choose from. Level one lasts 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours with 11 zip lines. Level two combines level one and eight more zip lines. Level two also zips over Lake Unicoi. Open most days and you can book start times from 10am-3pm. Book your tour online from their web site at https://www.unicoilodge.com/adventures/zip-lines/ . Also call at (706) 878-4740 for reservations.

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Amicalola State Park

Amicalola also has Level One and Level Two tours. Level one lasts 1 1/2 to 2 hours and features nine zip lines. Level Two has seven additional zip lines; the longest runs 2,000 feet and is 250 feet at the highest point. Open all week from 8:30am to 6:00 pm. Call (706) 265-1233 for more information or check out their web site for online reservations. http://www.amicalolazipline.com/adventure-options/.

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Stay with us and enjoy a thrilling ride through the forest canopy.

Horseback Riding Near Dahlonega

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Our guests come visit the Dahlonega area to enjoy the many activities available here in the North Georgia mountains. Some stay with us and ask about where they can rent a horse and go horseback riding.

Whether you’re an experienced rider or a novice, the mountains provide a great place to ride. You may love riding on a cool Fall day with the leaves changing colors or you might prefer the the Winter when you can see for miles. Our local stables are here to cater to your needs any time of year with horses chosen just for you based on your riding experience.

The horseback riding providers in the area have two significantly different approaches and you can choose based on your preferences. One rents you a horse and then sends you off on your own on the trails located on their property. Their horses know the way, and the trails are marked and obvious in terms of where to go. The other provider rents you a horse with a guide to take you on the trails.

Both horseback riding providers are open on weekends but may close based on weather. As they say if the weather is bad for you it can’t be good for the horse. By weather we are talking about rain, high heat or cold. Rentals are by the day or hour and vary among the self-guided and guided rides.

There are currently two horseback riding stables in the Dahlonega area that rent horses.

Sunny Farms North

Sunny Farms is a family owned operation located south of town. They are open most weekends, 9am-4pm, depending on the weather and may accommodate you weekdays if you call and they know you are coming. Guests like Sunny Farms because you get a horse and are then free to ride the many trails on the property on your own. It is all self guided. The horse is saddled and ready for you to go. For more information visit http://sunnyfarmsnorth.com/ or call them at 706-867-9167. Picture above from Sunny Farms. Directions from the inn to the farm https://goo.gl/maps/stKEArVuFgrfLhAz8

Gold City Corrals

Gold City is located west of town towards Amicalola Falls and only offers guided rides. You can get one and two hour rides as well as half day rides. The one hour ride is recommended for beginners, two hour for the more confident and half day for riders with some experience. They are open daily for reservations by visiting their web site or by calling 706-867-9395. Visit their web site at http://www.goldcitycorral.com/horseback-rides.php. Directions from the inn to the stables https://goo.gl/maps/ymVjogErBsPG53JLA

Dahlonega Tubing and Kayaking

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Have you had a rough week at the office or just have that yearning to escape life in the city even for just a quick getaway weekend? The North Georgia mountains provide a great place to get away from your busy life. Want a great way to chill in the great outdoors? Try tubing and kayaking down the scenic rivers in the Dahlonega area.

A day on the river can melt away those tensions you’ve been feeling – floating down the river on a tube or kayak, letting the water do the work as you float along and enjoy nature. Put on your bathing suit, plop into your tube and take the lazy river ride down the Chestatee as many times as you like by floating, getting out at the designated point, taking a short hike with your tube up the river and getting in again. Below we provide outfitters that rent the tubes. Map below shows tubing put in and take out locations on the Chestatee.

The most popular kayak float on the Chestatee River averages about two hours with normal river flow, but you can take your time and pull off along the way to rest and relax or play in the river or on the bank. There are several small sandy spots along your route. If you bring your own kayak, at the end of your float the outfitters will transport you and your kayak back to your car at the put in location for a nominal fee. Map below shows kayak put in and take out locations on the Chestatee.

While tube rentals in Lumpkin County are limited to the Chestatee River near Achasta. Kayaking can be enjoyed on both the Chestatee and Etowah Rivers and on the Amicalola River as well. The Etowah River is famous among kayakers for the tunnel ride. The tunnel was built during the gold mining days to divert water from the river to feed water to the water cannons used to blow away the mountain sides to expose the gold ore. The tunnel is still there and can be kayaked. Check out the youtube videos showing the ride.

South of town and west of Dawsonville is the Edge of the World trail on the Amicalola River that features class IV rapids for experienced kayakers with white water kayaks. You can hike the trail before committing to the whitewater ride. Map showing location compared to the inn https://goo.gl/maps/6vKmMJaWZCdFp34MA

Decide if you want to go tubing or kayaking and then check with the outfitters listed below. We also hope that you come and enjoy a stay with us as part of your trip. We will make sure you have comfortable accommodations and a hearty breakfast before you head out for your adventure.

Dahlonega Area Outfitters

Appalachian Outfitters provides tubing, kayak and canoe rentals and has been operating for decades from the same location. They have kayak rentals for both the Chestatee and Etowah Rivers. Four options are available: Lower Chestatee is the most popular with gentle rapids and Big Bend beach; Dawson Forest is south of town and good for beginners and most remote if you want privacy; Yahoola Creek can be added to the Chestatee Leg; Upper Etowah is for more experienced kayakers with larger rapids and Etowah Falls. For more information and reservations visit their web site http://canoegeorgia.com/ or call 706-864-7117 for tubing or 706-867-7116 for kayaking information and reservations. Directions from inn https://goo.gl/maps/TvJzDcvSGTm7FsuCA

Chestatee River Adventures is located up river from Appalachian Outfitters and rents tubes and kayaks only for the Chestatee River. If you bring your own kayak to the put in on the Chestatee by their stand, you can arrange to have them meet you at the take out when you finish your float to transport both you and your kayak back to the put in area and your car for just $5. For more information and reservations visit their web site at http://www.chestateeriveradventures.com/ or call 770-540-9950. Directions from inn https://goo.gl/maps/vZ6CocCb2gkX7VWo9

Our local Chamber of Commerce has compiled a very complete online guide for kayaking and canoeing in the area at http://dahlonega.org/outdoor-adventures-1/canoe-kayak-tubing

For other ways to stay cool near Dahlonega visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/05/21/cooling-off-dahlonega/

Map Showing Tubing/Kayaking Put In and Take Out Locations on Chestatee River