Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dahlonega offers expansive mountain vistas, roaring waterfalls and bubbling streams, postcard-worthy wineries, and an abundance of entertainment. Whether your perfect day involves wading knee-deep in the river panning for gold, strolling through art galleries, shopping in one-of-a-kind boutiques, or sipping perfection expressed in Georgia wine, Dahlonega is guaranteed to please. (more…)
Small town…big vision, big ventures, big views, big values. Gilmer County has the best of both worlds – a calming, peaceful way of life; yet culture and technology to rival the biggest city. Our citizens are united in their love of daily small town life, appreciation of local history, and big dreams for our future.
Holiday Cheer is here as Helen Georgia lights up for another season! Immerse yourself into this picture perfect Bavarian scenic village with that old world feel of gingerbread trim, cobblestone alleyways, and old-world towers. As the majestic mountains of North Georgia surround you and the beautiful Chattahoochee River runs through downtown, it will make you feel as you”™ve stepped into another world. Famous for many years, Helen has been known for it”™s festive celebration throughout the city that include lighted trimmed rooftops, bridges, windows and much more. Beautifully decorated outdoor trees are on every block with giant nutcrackers and [...]
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! Â Dahlonega, the Cherokee word meaning “yellow money” was the siteÂ 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 [...]
Beautiful trails are yours to explore in the great outdoors of the North Georgia Mountains. Just pack a snack and plenty of water, get your gear ready and go for a hike. Ellijay - Three Forks Trail: To the left (North) on the trail is Long Creek Falls (2.3 miles round trip) . To the right is a beautiful section of old growth forest along Stover Creek. Directions: Take 52 East from Ellijay about 4.8 miles. Turn left on Big Creek Road at the Dollar General. Follow this road about 15.4 miles (the final .4 miles are dirt) to [...]
Have you ever wanted to feel on Top of the World? Just head to Hiawassee and Bell Mountain Park Historical Site. Originally Bell Mountain was very prominent rising 3,424 foot of elevation from the “Enchanted Valley” of Hiawassee. Then in the early 1960's Bell Mountain's land was purchased to mine for its minerals, and the top was left with a wide gap at the knob. After the mining, Mr. Hal Herrin partner of the Hiawassee Land Company, then later Mountain Realty purchased it in an effort to preserve it from future mining. Bell Mountain primarily became a home for sunset [...]
Along the Quanassee Path between Spikebuck Mound/Quanassee Town site and the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit is the Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary. This section of the Quanassee Path may be accessed across from Clay County Veterans Recreation Park on Anderson Street or at the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit. This 0.3 mile section of the trail, which follows Town Creek adjacent to Clay County Schools’ property, is a pedestrian-friendly trail through stands of native trees and plants. Native plants were added along this portion of the trail to include those used by the Cherokee for medicine, food, and daily living activities. The Hiwassee River Watershed [...]
Providing accurate historical and cultural information about the Cherokee who once lived in this region. Enjoy a self guided tour along a gentle 2-mile walking trail which winds through five educational sites: Cherokee Homestead Exhibit Clay County Historical & Arts Museum Cherokee Cultural Center Spikebuck Mound/Quanassee Town site Cherokee Botanical Sanctuary Brochures available for download at http://cccra-nc.org/ or pick one up at the Museum, Library or Chamber of Commerce. Sponsored by the Clay County Communities Revitalization Association, a non-profit 501C3 organization. Please visit http://cccra-nc.org/ or write to PO Box 1533, Hayesville, NC 28904 for more information.