Dahlonega, Georgia is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. Dahlonega was once a gold mining region and site of one of the first gold rushes in the 1820s. In fact, the name "Dahlonega" is Cherokee for "golden color" or "yellow money."
Today, Dahlonega is a town full of history and culture. In fact, Dahlonega's Historic Commercial District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A walking tour of this area is a must-do when visiting Dahlonega. The number of historic structures is astonishing. Visitors will also discover endless shopping opportunities. Picking up a piece of local art, jewelry, pottery or even photography is a wonderful way to take the Dahlonega experience home. Downtown offers a variety of dining options ranging from southern home style to gourmet- the perfect way to end the evening.
Dahlonega is exceptionally proud of its theater company, housed at the historic Holly Theater.
Wine lovers will consider Dahlonega worth a stop. Touring the local wineries is a wonderful way to experience the countryside, while learning more about the region's history, and of course sampling some nice wines.
Bike enthusiasts will value Dahlonega's appreciation of cycling. The town serves as the hub for bicycling in the north Georgia Mountains, and as the finish site for the nationally recognized Tour De Georgia mountain stage. Nearby Chattahoochee National Forest offers hikers great surprises. Caves, canyons, and waterfalls are just some of the treats this national forest shares. Horseback riding is permitted. Amicalola Falls State Park not only offers beautiful waterfalls, but also access to the famous Appalachian Trail. Golfers will take pleasure in the first-rate courses found nestled in the rolling hills that identify this region of Georgia.
Families will enjoy stops at the Kangaroo Conservation Center, and the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve. Another sure-bet is a visit to The Dahlonega Courthouse Gold Museum. Consolidated Gold Mines and The Crisson Gold Mine offer tours that give visitors the opportunity to experience what gold mining was all about. October brings Dahlonega's popular Gold Rush Days festival.
Dahlonega is located about 55 miles north of Atlanta, off Hwy 19.