Dahlonega, GA

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Dahlonega

Discover the historic city of Dahlonega—mountain views, wineries, and sights from Vickery House to The Historic Holly Theater.

Dahlonega is a historic gold mining town, the site of the first significant gold rush in the United States. Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and set in the heart of Georgia wine country, it is also a place of exceptional natural beauty. Visit Dahlonega to hike through mountains and valleys to waterfalls, tour vineyards and wineries and pan for gold in the hills.

Learn about the town's gold mining history and legacy at the Dahlonega Gold Museum, housed in an early 19th-century courthouse. Gold was accidentally discovered by a hunter walking in the woods in 1828. He bent down to examine a brightly colored stone, which was later identified as gold. By the end of the year, the gold rush was underway.

Search for gold and gems above and below ground at Consolidated Gold Mine and Crisson Gold Mine. Visit the gold mine shaft at Smith House, which was discovered in 2006 in the building's basement.

Embrace the diverse beauty of Georgian nature on Dahlonega's doorstep. Hike through Amicalola Falls State Park, home of the 729-feet (222-meter) Amicalola Falls and go backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. Dahlonega is a southern terminus of this extensive hiking-only trail from Georgia to Maine.

Mountain bike along the 36-mile (58-kilometer) Jake and Bull Mountain Trail System within the Chattahoochee National Forest. Kayak or canoe down the Chestatee River. Another way to appreciate the countryside is on a scenic drive through mountains and valleys and by lakes and waterfalls.

Not only is there gold in Dahlonega's hills but also vineyards that produce award-winning wines. Enjoy tasting tours of Wolf Mountain Vineyards and Three Sisters Vineyards and Winery, among others.

Spend time in the historic downtown area, home to more than 100 shops, restaurants and bistros.

Dahlonega is located 71 miles (114 kilometers) north of Atlanta, the capital of Georgia. If you're an international traveler, fly into the city's Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Then reach the mountain town by car or public transportation to enjoy a vacation of gold mining history and natural beauty.

Dahlonega Mountain Inn
Dahlonega Mountain Inn
2 out of 5
20 Mountain Drive, Hwy 60 South & Mountain Drive, Dahlonega, GA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $75 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Situated in Dahlonega, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site, The Historic Holly Theater, and Vickery House. Consolidated ...
3.1/5 (384 reviews)
"Extremely overpriced for the outdated-ness of the property. But pleased with how clean it was. Only thing that bothered us was the light in the bathroom is motion-activated, so if you're in the shower with the curtain closed, the light goes off."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

Dahlonega Mountain Inn
The Smith House
The Smith House
3.5 out of 5
84 South Chestatee Street, Dahlonega, GA
The price is $139 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Situated in Dahlonega, this inn is steps from Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site and The Historic Holly Theater. Vickery House and Consolidated Gold Mine ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (230 reviews)
"Beautiful and peaceful. Loved that the property was within walking distance of the square in Dahlonega for restaurants and shopping. Wonderful meal - save room to enjoy the delicious southern food in their dining room. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful also."

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

The Smith House
Lily Creek Lodge
Lily Creek Lodge
3 out of 5
2608 Auraria Rd, Dahlonega, GA
The price is $114 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Situated in the mountains, this lodge is within 6 mi (10 km) of Vickery House, The Historic Holly Theater, and Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site. Consolidated ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (73 reviews)
"We trailered our Harley to the lodge. Parking was tricky but the manger Dawn made arrangements and had us a spot ready where we could get backed in. We really enjoyed sitting out at the gazebo or the pool each evening after our ride. We enjoyed the nature and scenery. We had Grubhub deliver dinner ..."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Lily Creek Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Dahlonega Wine Country Retreat
Dahlonega Wine Country Retreat
Dahlonega, GA
The price is $110 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in the heart of Dahlonega, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Frogtown Cellars, Kaya Vineyard & Winery, and North Georgia Zoo. Chattahoochee ...
5/5 Exceptional! (21 reviews)
"Quiet and quaint. Well kept. Matches the pictures..only downside was steep stairs between the bathroom and rest of the living space and only running water was in the bathroom."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Dahlonega Wine Country Retreat
CHESTATEE RIVER CABIN is a prefect secluded get away for social distancing
CHESTATEE RIVER CABIN is a prefect secluded get away for social distancing
Dahlonega, GA
Located on a river, this family-friendly cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo, North Georgia Zoo, and The Historic Holly Theater. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (132 reviews)
Perfect getaway!!!
"This cabin was just what we needed! Cute, comfy and private. The view is gorgeous and the deck will be your new happy place!"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2021

CHESTATEE RIVER CABIN is a prefect secluded get away for social distancing
Steps from Historic Downtown Dahlonega. 1bedroom / 1 bath apartment.
Steps from Historic Downtown Dahlonega. 1bedroom / 1 bath apartment.
Dahlonega, GA
Located in the heart of Dahlonega, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site, The Historic Holly ...
Steps from Historic Downtown Dahlonega. 1bedroom / 1 bath apartment.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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