Dahlonega, Georgia is a charming town rich with history, art and adventure. Named for the Cherokee word meaning “yellow money,” it was the site of the first major U.S. Gold rush in 1828 and is home to the artifact-rich Dahlonega Gold Museum. Experience the rush of panning for gold at the ruins of Crisson Gold Mine and learn the history of the Chestatee River Diving Bell, a giant maritime artifact.
Dahlonega also has the greatest concentration of wineries in Georgia because of its fertile, mineral-rich soil. The town’s restaurants range from cozy bistros to friendly cafÃ©s to metropolitan-chic delights. Downtown offers plenty of shopping, country inns and wonderful year-round events like art exhibitions, concerts in the park and wine tasting. Adventurers can explore waterfalls and hike the Appalachian trailhead at Springer Mountain.
Amicalola State Park & Lodge offers a variety of family-fun activities including camping, picnicking, trout fishing and geocaching. Whether people are driving through the countryside, visiting wineries, exploring the great outdoors, or having a festive time in town, Dahlonega makes everyone feel “rich” and excited about the area.