Dahlonega remained a tiny town, a mere speck on a map, but all that changed in the 1828 with the discovery of the most precious metal these mountains had to offer – GOLD! Dahlonega, the Cherokee word meaning “yellow money” was the site of the first major U.S. gold rush – occurring 20 years before the famous California gold rush. People flooded into the area to seek their fortunes. Dahlonega became a boom town, home to over 15,000 miners and their families at the height of the frenzy. Visitors can still pan for gold at one of the many gold mines in the area.
Throughout the year, Dahlonega has many festivals including Bear on the Square, Art Festivals, July 4th Celebrations, Gold Rush Days, and the Hemlock Festival. Many of the summer’s Downtown Events bring entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. The Appalachian Jam showcases North Georgia’s mountain music pickers and singers every Saturday through mid-October. Listeners and musicians alike enjoy the acoustic bluegrass and old-time string music on the Public Square.
Amicalola Falls & Visitors Center – Highest waterfall in the Southeast Open Sun – Wed. 9 am – 5pm, Thurs – Sat. 9 am – 7 pm
Appalachian Trail – 2,100 miles + hiking trail that extends up the eastern U.S. From Georgia to Maine.
Pan for Gold – at one of the Gold mines to find your riches.
Downtown Dahlonega – Featuring many shops, resatuarants, arts and crafts.
Dahlonega Gold Museum – 1836 Historical Courthouse showcasing area history.
Smith House – Historical Inn and dining facilty.
Wineries – Come for wine tastings featuring great food and entertainment at over 5 local wineries just outside of town.