For guests staying with us for two or more nights there are countless things to do and see in the North Georgia mountains. Waterfalls, wineries, hiking trails, rivers, small towns and more are theirs to explore. Some of our guests ask if there are any Dahlonega day trips that they should consider. One of the best things about Dahlonega is it’s proximity to so many other great North Georgia places just waiting to be explored and just a day trip away.
If you travel east from Dahlonega you will take one of our favorite day trips. Your destination for hiking and enjoying the great outdoors will begin at Tallulah Gorge followed by a visit to a distillery, quaint Clayton, Georgia, two wineries, beautiful lakes, pottery shops and a brewery. The map at the bottom of the page shows the route.
Tallulah Gorge offers beautiful views from top to bottom. The granite sided gorge is about 2 miles long and 1,000 feet deep with the Tallulah river at the bottom. After descending 750 steps you arrive at a neat suspension bridge that crosses the gorge 80 feet above the river (picture at bottom of page). An additional 450 steps take you to the bottom. The gorge floor also has six major waterfalls ranging from 16 to 46 feet. If you arrive early the park issues 100 permits per day that allow you to hike the gorge floor depending on weather and water conditions. There are several great views of the gorge from the rim (picture above) if you don’t want to take all the steps to the bottom. In Early April and November they release water from the dam for professional kayakers to navigate through the gorge while spectators watch from the rim. The gorge is one of our favorite Georgia destinations because its rugged beauty reminds us of Colorado where we once lived and roamed.
After enjoying Tallulah Gorge you may want to head north toward Clayton for lunch. Before you reach Clayton you can visit Moonrise Distillery on the right for a tour and tasting. Clayton is a cute mountain town with unique shops and some nice restaurants many boasting farm to table fare.
From Clayton head southwest to Tiger, Georgia and visit two wineries: Tiger Winery and Stonewall Creek Winery. Tiger Winery serves lunch and dinner on Saturdays and brunch on Sundays at their Red Barn Cafe. Stonewall Creek is farther west of Tiger Winery.
From Stonewall Creek you will head towards Lake Burton. You can take a left at Lake Seed road and make a short drive to see Lake Seed and Lake Rabun. Lake Rabun is beautiful with trees and million dollar homes lining the shores with impressive boathouses for the homeowners wooden Chris Craft vintage boats.
Head back west to where you turned off for Seed Lake and take a left to head back towards the inn. If you have time on the way back you can stop at the Batesville General Store for a bite to eat (known for homemade biscuits). The Mark of the Potter is less than 2 miles from the Batesville store on highway 197 and takes you off the route shown on the map below. The shop is located in an old mill on the Soquee River and has artists making and showing their art.
Closer to Helen you will pass Tantrum Brewery for a good craft beer while looking at Yonah Mountain. Tantrum is not that far from the inn so if time does not allow a stop on this day trip you can always head back later.
Links to destinations mentioned above:
Tallulah Gorge info: https://gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge
Moonrise Distillery info: https://moonrisedistillery.com/
Tiger Winery info: http://www.tigerwine.com/
Stonewall Creek Winery : https://stonewallcreek.com/
Mark of the Potter Pottery Shop: https://www.markofthepotter.com/
Tantrum Brewery: https://tantrumbeer.com/
For more things to do in the area visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/