Dahlonega Attractions and Things to Do

There are so many Dahlonega attractions and activities to enjoy for everyone.
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Dahlonega Activities

Historic Dahlonega- Site of the first major gold rush and considered to be one of the most quaint and picturesque historical towns in the North Georgia mountains. Visit the historic square with all of the shops and restaurants. Take a guided walking tour, ghost tour, pub tour or food tour with Dahlonega Walking Tours.

Great Dining- Visit the Where to Eat page for suggestions, descriptions and contact information for the area’s restaurants. You can also grab a craft beer while listening to music. Montaluce Winery has a restaurant too. Wolf Mountain Winery serves lunch Sunday brunches with reservations. See more on our wineries page.

consolidated gold mine
Consolidated gold mine tour

Visit the Gold Museum on the square to learn the history of the area or take a tour into a mine shaft at Consolidated Mines to learn how gold was processed. You can also pan for gold at the end of the tour. For more information on all of Dahlonega’s gold attractions visit  gold attractions.

Seasonal Festivals/Special Events- From the famous Gold Rush to Bear on the Square Festivals. Also special bike races and seasonal events such as the 6 Gap Century Bike race and Christmas festivities. Visit festivals for more information on these popular Dahlonega attractions.

Enjoy a play, musical at the historic Holly Theater. The Holly is the areas community theater. From time to time they also have great musical concerts. For more information on Dahlonega’s theater and live music scene 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 Friday night free concerts in downtown Hancock Park, visit Free Concerts for info and schedule. Appalachian Jam sessions happen on weekends near the Gold Museum, visit bluegrass jams for more information and schedule.

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

Explore the Waterfalls in the Area

Lumpkin County and the Dahlonega area have many waterfalls to see. 

Desoto Falls is north of the inn and a guest favorite. Raven Cliffs Falls and Duke Creek Falls is east of the inn on the Richard Russell Parkway and are great places to hike. 
Tallulah Gorge is east of the inn and makes a great day trip if staying for more than one night. Get there early (we can send you off with muffins and coffee to go) and you can get a permit to wade the creek at the bottom of the falls. The hike to the bottom is strenuous but worth it. Near the bottom there is a neat suspension foot bridge that will take you across the water. The gorge is also a great place to see the difference in foliage as you progress to the bottom. It’s very rugged and makes us think of Colorado. After your hike you can visit nearby Clayton for lunch and shopping. Tiger and Stonewall Creek wineries are also nearby. For more information read our Day Trip Blog Post.
Amicalola Falls State Park is the highest waterfall in Georgia. Hike up to the falls or hike to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. A great view of the mountains is a must see from the lodge.  Large picture at top of page is of the falls. If you do not want to take the many steps to the top we can tell you how to avoid any steps and see the falls. One of the most popular of all of the Dahlonega activities.
For more information and a map to all of the waterfalls in the area visit Dahlonega Waterfalls.

Wineries, Hiking, Biking, Kayaking and More

three sisters vineyards
Three Sisters Vineyard Dahlonega

Vineyards/Wineries- This area is rapidly becoming the wine region of North Georgia and has been named the Dahlonega Plateau. Several vineyards are nearby with tours, wine tastings, winemakers dinners and special events. Some also serve lunch. Visit wineries nearby for more information.

Hiking-  The National Forests contain thousands of acres of mountain forests with many outdoor activities. The beginning of the Appalachian Trail

Lake Zwerner Dahlonega Hiking Trail
Lake Zwerner Trail Near Town

is at Amicalola Falls State Park west of town and the trail 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 to the highest point on the AT in Georgia. Preacher’s Rock is a favorite hike near Woody Gap. It is a granite mountaintop with spectacular views (see our 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.

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

Swimming in a Cool Mountain Creek- Many of the locals enjoy Dick’s Creek Falls for cooling off during those warm summer days. Located a short drive from the inn the creek features large rocks for sun bathing and cool pools of mountain stream water. Bring your bathing suit and beach towels. In the hotter months this is one of the most popular Dahlonega activities among locals and guests. See our video of this great spot!

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 in Dahlonega.  Go mountain biking in the national forests near Nimblewheel Creek west of town. SORBA also has developed mountain bike trails near Yonah Mountain. They also permit hiking too.

Nearby Helen and Sautee Naccooche Valley

Helen is just 30 minutes northeast of the inn and offers many things to do in their Alpine Bavarian Village.

The Pottery Museum in Sautee/Nacoochee is not too far away and is very interesting. Located southwest of Helen. Also home of several galleries, shops and the Gourd Shop. For more info including maps visit our blog post.

To the west and south of Helen you can visit historic Nora Mills which is still a functioning mill. Go out to their deck on the Chattahoochee River and feed the gigantic trout.
Across the street is Habersham Winery, a large antique mall in an old three story house and Nacoochee Adventures for zip lines. Right around the corner is the Hardman Farm State Historical Site.

Great Base for Day Trips

The inn is centrally located to be a great base camp for day trips to Tallulah Gorge (mentioned above), Clayton, Lake Rabun, Wineries, a neat distillery, pottery shops and more. For more information with maps visit our  Clayton Day Trip Blog 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.
The Blue Ridge day trip lets you enjoy a train ride on a scenic railroad and enjoy the craft beer breweries and great restaurants in the area. You can take the train to two additional breweries in Copperhill Tennessee or skip the train and enjoy three breweries in Blue Ridge as described in Blue Ridge Day Trip
If you head north of the inn towards Blairsville check out Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center not too farm from Vogel State Park. More information on our blog post.
When you return to the inn you can relax and enjoy star gazing. You can also visit the university’s planetarium and observatory if you really are interested in astronomy. For more information visit star gazing.

Click the booking link above to see what rooms or yurts may be available.

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.


Cedar House Inn & Yurts, 6463 Highway 19 N, Dahlonega, Ga 30533


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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.

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