5 Most Popular Things to Do in Dahlonega

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We have been hosting guests at our bed and breakfast for over sixteen years. Many come to the area to have a quick escape from city life in Atlanta and the metropolitan area. Dahlonega offers peace and quiet as well as fun things to do. We will list the our guests 5 most popular things to do in Dahlonega in order of popularity.

1. Wine Tastings

Each of the Dahlonega area wineries offers wine tastings that guests enjoy and several offer tours. Many offer live music on weekends as well. The wineries also offer a variety of wine styles to satisfy the tastes of all wine lovers. Some also offer lunch and dinner. Visiting the five Dahlonega wineries is the most popular thing to do in the Dahlonega area. For a complete listing of all the Dahlonega area wineries visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-wineries/

2. Visit the Waterfalls

The Dahlonega area has many waterfalls to visit from Dicks Creek Falls which is a popular swimming hole to Amicalola Falls which is the highest waterfall in Georgia. Some waterfalls require an easy to moderate hike to see the falls while others may be seen from your car. For a detailed description with maps visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/06/18/dahlonega-waterfalls/

3. Go Hiking

The mountains around Dahlonega offer many hiking opportunities. Several hiking trails lead to breathtaking waterfalls (see above). Other hikes provide magnificent mountain vistas where you can see for miles. Two favorites are the Blood Mountain hike which takes you to one of the highest parts on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia and the other is Preacher’s Rock. A third hike is the Lake Zwerner trail which circles the reservoir near downtown. All three are described with maps at https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/06/26/dahlonega-hiking-trails/

4. Listen to Live Music

The Dahlonega music scene is alive on most weekends with free music provided at many restaurants including Shenanigans, Spirit’s Tavern and Bourbon Street Grill. Live performances by better known bands and artists can be heard at the Crimson Moon with a cover charge. You might be able to hear Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls, Kurt Thomas or the Zack Brown Band since they are from this area. First Friday Free Concerts in Hancock Park are especially popular with locals and visitors alike, so bring a blanket to lay on the grass and enjoy. Also, enjoy the ever popular Appalachian Jams that pop up around the downtown square on Saturday’s April through October – better yet, bring your own instrument and join in the fun. For more information on Dahlonega music opportunities including the free concert schedule visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/07/15/dahlonega-theater-music/

5. Learn About the First Gold Rush and Tour a Gold Mine

Dahlonega was the site of the first gold rush in the United States and has a rich history. The Gold Museum in the historic downtown square offers a great deal of information and interesting exhibits about the gold rush era including the discovery of gold and the methods of extraction and processing. The Consolidated Gold Mine is still here and was the largest mine during the time. It provides guided tours into the mining shaft and you get to see how gold was extracted and processed. Crisson Gold Mine offers tours of its stamp mill and has an extensive selection of modern mining equipment. You can also pan for gold at the mines. For more information on gold related attractions in Dahlonega visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/2019/07/08/dahlonega-gold-attractions/

Dahlonega Gold Attractions

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In the early 1800s thousands flocked to the Dahlonega area in search of gold and the chance to make their fortunes. Today thousands come to the Dahlonega Gold attractions every year to learn about the area’s history making gold rush and even experience the thrill of discovering gold in one of the local mines or rivers.

Gold was discovered in the Dahlonega area in the early 1800’s. The first gold rush in the United States was not in California but in Dahlonega. The rush started in 1828. When gold was discovered in California the second rush began and many left Dahlonega to head west in search of wealth and fortune. Prior to the gold discovery the area was primarily inhabited by the Cherokee Indians.

The gold rush in Dahlonega changed the atmosphere of the area dramatically with prospectors searching for fortunes and miners staking their claims. While it’s said that the first prospectors could just scoop gold from the rivers and land, that didn’t last long and the prospectors soon resorted to drastic measures to extract the gold from the land. Water cannons were used to blast away the soil to get to the precious rock with no regards for top soil depletion or the destruction of creeks and rivers.

Dahlonega Gold Museum

There are some great ways to experience the history of gold in Dahlonega. The first is to visit the Dahlonega Gold Museum in the center of the historic square. The museum operates in the oldest surviving courthouse in Georgia and features exhibits on the discovery of gold in the Dahlonega area, on extraction techniques including the water cannons and mining, rare Dahlonega gold coins minted in Dahlonega, and a neat movie with old timers telling the history. This stop would be considered the most educational of all the Dahlonega gold attractions. For more information visit http://gastateparks.org/dahlonegagoldmuseum.

For directions visit https://goo.gl/maps/xboAnU9bn8jdH1DaA

Diving Bell

After visiting the gold museum head over to Hancock Park which is adjacent to the downtown square. There you will see the diving bell found in the Chestatee River. The “bell” was made in 1875 and was submerged in the water with miners inside to check for gold in the river.

For directions visit https://goo.gl/maps/M79wrNvhQz8s3Hv19

Gold Panning Demonstration at Consolidated Gold Mine

Consolidated Gold Mine

For a tour of Dahlonega’s largest gold mine visit Consolidated Gold mine near the Walmart Shopping Center. The mine was also the largest gold mine east of the Mississippi River. You can take a guided tour into one of the mine shafts and see the tools used to extract the gold and get an idea of a day in the life of a gold miner. The mine tour is great to do in the summer months because the mine shaft stays in the 60s year round. At the end of the tour you can pan for gold and everyone gets to take home their prize gold flakes. This ranks as one of the most exciting of all of the Dahlonega gold attractions because you get to go down into the mine shaft. For more information visit http://consolidatedgoldmine.com

For directions visit https://goo.gl/maps/7evHpeojkKfcSwXK8

Crisson Gold Mine

Crisson Gold mine is an open pit mine north of town established in 1847 and has an interesting shop in the front for prospectors. There one can purchase some serious equipment like portable river dredgers to scoop up the river bottom and send it through screens to filter out the nuggets, metal detectors, and sluice boxes. Crisson is known as a hard rock mine and has a working hundred year old stamp mill to crush the hard rock to get to the gold. For more information visit http://crissongoldmine.com

For directions visit https://goo.gl/maps/SPiBJihRk1QPjeX39

Life Size Reproduction Stamp Mill

If you miss Crisson Mine and the stamp mill you can also see one at the Madeleine Anthony Park. The mill is powered by a water wheel. You can actually see it when you come into town from Highway 400. For directions visit https://goo.gl/maps/6iB6enj3AetBoaSP7

Come stay with us and experience the Dahlonega gold attractions.

For more things to do in the area visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/

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Gold Mine shaft tour at Consolidated Gold Mine