Dahlonega Attractions & Things to Do

Looking to explore the Dahlonega – Lumpkin County area? Don’t let the endless possibilities overwhelm you. Below, you’ll find a brief guide to all the area has to offer.
 

In Town Dahlonega Attractions

Historic Dahlonega– Site of the first major gold rush, it’s considered one of the most quaint and picturesque historical towns in the North Georgia mountains. Visit the historical square where dining, shopping and history invite you to relax and spend the day.

Great Dining- Whether you’re in the mood for BBQ, Italian, Mexican, Cajun, Irish, seafood, steaks or pizza, downtown Dahlonega has a restaurant to satisfy your craving. Visit Where to Eat for a list of all our local restaurants and operational details, winery restaurants included.

History- Visit the Gold Museum at the center of the square to explore gold’s impact in the area. Then take a tour into a mine shaft at Consolidated Mines to learn how gold was processed and try gold panning. For more information on all Dahlonega’s gold attractions visit gold attractions.

Seasonal Festivals/Special Events- The largest and longest running of all festivals is our Gold Rush Festival held the third weekend in October. But there are many other festivals throughout the year including the Bear on the Square in April and Trail Fest celebrating the Appalachian Trail. Special bike races/rides and seasonal events such as Six Gap Century Bike Ride and Christmas festivities invite visitors to join in. Visit festivals for more information on these popular Dahlonega attractions.

Dahlonega Attractions: Arts and Entertainment

Enjoy a play, musical or concert at the historic Holly Theater located just a block from the historic square. The Holly is the area’s community theater and concert venue. For more theater and live music information visit theater and music.

Listen to live music at the Crimson Moon, Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, Spirits Tavern or other places around town. Certain seasons have first first Friday Free Concerts in Hancock Park. Appalachian Jam sessions happen Saturday afternoons near the Gold Museum.

Dahlonega also has a large art presence with artists showing and selling their work. For more information on artists, galleries and art related events visit Dahlonega art.

Dahlonega Attractions: Wineries & Craft Beer

Vineyards/Wineries- This area is known for its vineyards and has been designated as

three sisters vineyards

the Dahlonega Plateau wine region. Over six vineyards are nearby with tours, wine tastings, winemaker dinners and special events. Some also serve lunch.. Visit wineries for more information on winery features and directions.

If wine is not your thing grab a craft beer.

 

Dahlonega/ North Georgia Attractions: Waterfalls

Mountain streams trace through the North Georgia mountains spilling over rocks and cliffs as rushing waterfalls to tease the senses and ease the soul. Take some time to explore a few of the Dahlonega area’s natural attractions.
 
Desoto Falls is north of the inn and a guest favorite. Raven Cliff Falls and Dukes Creek Falls are northeast of the inn on the Richard Russell Parkway and great places to hike.
 
Tallulah Gorge is east of the inn and makes a great day trip if staying more than one night. Get there early (we can send you off with muffins and coffee to go) and get a permit to wade the creek at the bottom of the gorge and falls. It’s very rugged and makes us think of Colorado. After your hike you can visit nearby Clayton for lunch, shopping and whiskey tastings. Tiger and Stonewall Creek wineries are also nearby. For more information visit 
 
Amicalola Falls State Park is the highest waterfall in Georgia and the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. A great hike to the top of the falls up many steps and a great view of the mountains from the lodge. Large picture at the top of this page is the falls. For more information and a map to all the waterfalls in the area visit Dahlonega Waterfalls.
 
 

Dahlonega Attractions: Hiking

Hiking- The National Forests in the area contain thousands of acres of mountain forests 

Lake Zwerner Dahlonega Hiking Trail

for outdoor activities. As mentioned earlier the Appalachian Trail starts at Amicalola Falls west of town and crosses the road in two places north of the inn (Woody Gap and Blood Mountain). The Blood Mountain hike on the AT will take you tho the highest point on the AT in Georgia. Preacher’s Rock is a favorite hike near Woody Gap. It’s a granite mountaintop with spectacular views. Visit  Preachers Rock Video.

Enjoy one of our three favorite hikes in the area that will take you to some of the most beautiful mountain areas and a neat hike close to town. Some of our guests enjoy section hiking on the AT using slack packing.

 

Dahlonega Attractions: On the River

Go tubing or kayaking on the Chestatee or Etowah Rivers with rentals from local outfitters or bring your own. Great way to cool off in the summer. Bring some old towels from home to dry off.

Swimming in a Cool Mountain Creek- Many of the locals and guests enjoy Dicks Creek Falls for cooling off during hot summer days. Located just a short drive from the inn the creek features large rocks and cool pools of mountain stream water. Bring you bathing suit and towels. See our swimming hole video.

Dahlonega Attractions: Fun in the Hills

Go zip lining near Helen next to Habersham Winery (longest dual line in Georgia). You can also zip line at Unicoi and Amicalola Falls State Parks.

Go horseback riding at one of the two stables and enjoy a self guided or guided ride.

Road or Mountain Biking– Ride your road bicycle up the mountain to Suches on Highway 19 that adjoins our property (very popular). Tour de Georgia 2008 had its Stage 5 Finish using the same highway. Go mountain biking in the national forests near Nimblewill Creek west of town or use the SORBA developed mountain bike trails near Yonah Mountain.

Nearby Helen and Sautee Nacoochee  Valley Attractions

Helen is just 30 minutes northeast of the inn and offers shopping, dining and more in its Alpine Bavarian Village.  It’s the tourism playground hub of the area with tubing, a water park, alpine slide, and miniature golf courses. For more information visit our blog post.

To the south of Helen you can visit historic Nora Mills which is still a functioning grist mill. Go out on their deck on the Chattahoochee River and feed the gigantic trout. Right around the corner is the Sautee Naoochee Valley. We recommend visiting The Pottery Museum and  the Hardman Farm Historical Site .  

Great Base for Day Trips

The inn is centrally located to be a great base camp for day trips to Tallulah Gorge, Clayton, Lake Rabun, Wineries, a distillery, pottery shops and more. For more information with maps visit our Clayton day trip post.

Another day trip from the inn is Gibbs Gardens and the Edge of the World trail with class four rapids. For more information including garden specifics and a map to get there visit Gibbs Gardens trip.

The Blue Ridge day trip lets you enjoy a train ride on a scenic railroad and/or enjoy the craft beer breweries in the area. You can take the train (or a short drive) to two additional breweries in Copperhill, Tennessee and enjoy tow more in Blue Ridge. We love Buck Bald in Copperhill and Grumpy Old Men in Blue Ridge. For more information visit Blue Ridge trip.

When you return to the inn you can relax and enjoy star gazing. You can also visit the university’s new planetarium and observatory if you are really interested in astronomy. For more information visit star gazing.

Whatever you decide to do there are many Dahlonega attractions to choose from. If you don’t have a lot of time check out the 5 most popular things to do in Dahlonega.

Winter, Spring, Summer and  Fall  are great times to visit. For example in the Fall check out the corn maze and pumpkin farm.

 
 
 

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What are the 3 favorite things to do for Dahlonega visitors?

Going to wineries for tastings. Day hiking the Appalachian Trail (Preacher’s Rock is a favorite shorter hike). Visiting the waterfalls (Amicalola is the most popular).

Is winter a good time to visit Dahlonega?

If you like the lack of crowds winter is the best time. It also is a great time to hike the trails since the leaves are not on the trees and you can see for miles. Some of the wineries are open too! A Dahlonega Christmas is also special with thousands of lights and a fully decorated historic downtown.

When is the busiest time of year in Dahlonega?

The Fall season for sure. Rooms book up quickly and many lodging options have a 2 night minimum on weekends. The Fall colors are spectacular and hiking is at it’s best with the views. Preacher’s Rock is a great viewing place for the Fall colors.

Is summer a good time to visit Dahlonega?

Yes but choose activities to stay cool like hiking in the woods, kayaking down the Chestatee or Etowah Rivers, tubing, wine tastings and zip lining. You can also take a dip in a cold mountain stream like Dick’s Creek. Also the daytime and night time temperatures in the mountains are cooler than the city and hot Atlanta.

Is there something for history lovers?

Yes there is! Dahlonega is the site of the first gold rush. The Gold Museum in the center of the square is a great visit to learn more about the history. You can also tour the Consolidated Gold Mine which was the largest mine in the area. You can go on a guided tour into the shaft and pan for gold at the end.

Are there cultural/art attractions?

The downtown area has several thriving art galleries with working artists demonstrating their medium from painting to metalwork to pottery. You can also attend a play or musical at the historic Holly Theater and the university has events open to the public from time to time.