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.