Dahlonega Attractions and Things to Do
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.
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.
Wineries, Hiking, Biking, Kayaking and More
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
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.
Great Base for Day Trips
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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.
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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.