Dahlonega Waterfalls

amicalola falls cascading down mountain Dahlonega waterfalls

Each year thousands of guests come to the area to visit the Dahlonega waterfalls. They offer a majestic example of nature’s beauty and provide a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Here we’ll provide you with information on each of the falls located in the Dahlonega area.

Most of these falls are shown on Google Maps if you need additional information regarding directions. For a google map of these waterfalls visit https://drive.google.com/open?id=17oxuBy6wy8Ows1bnNicgbx8mcs035_Lc&usp=sharing

Amicalola Falls

Amicalola is the most famous and popular waterfall in the area. Located west of Dahlonega on highway 52 it is 38 minutes (25 miles) from the inn. The falls are also the highest vertical falls in Georgia at 729 feet and requires 604 steps. There are rest stops along the way. If you are not into a stair master workout you can take the road up to the lodge and about halfway you will see a parking lot to your right with handicapped parking. Park and take the flat trail made of recycled auto tires to the base of the falls. You will appear to the rest of the crowd that climbed all of those steps that you are really in great shape because you didn’t break a sweat. After seeing the falls go to the top of the mountain in your car and check out the views from the lodge lobby/balcony. You can also grab lunch or dinner in the lodge’s restaurant. For more information visit https://gastateparks.org/AmicalolaFalls

Desoto Falls

Desoto Falls is located about 20 minutes (13 miles) north of the inn on highway 19 between Turner’s Corners and Blood Mountain and is one of the more popular Dahlonega waterfalls. Two waterfalls are featured, the upper and lower falls. A nice trail leads you to each of the falls which are located in opposite directions after you cross the footbridge in the campground area. To the left is the lower falls but you actually have to go up the mountain whereas the upper falls (to the right) is a fairly even trail. Both have a deck with seating at the base of the falls. When you reach the National Forest operated park enter the day use parking lot and follow the signs to the Falls.

Helton Creek Falls

After visiting Desoto Falls you can head north on Highway 19 past Blood Mountain to visit Helton Creek which has two separate falls. It is on Helton Creek road which is a National Forest service road and may not be suitable for some cars with lower ground clearances. Signage was also not the greatest the last time we visited. The hike to the upper falls is only 0.2 miles and the spray of the falls is refreshing on a hot day. Helton Creek is about 37 minutes (19 miles) northeast of the inn.

Dicks Creek Falls

Dicks Creek is located 20 minutes (10 miles) north of the inn on highway 19 before you get to Turner’s Corners. It is a favorite swimming hole during the summer months so bring some old towels and jump in. The locals also love this place. For a related post on cooling off visit https://georgiamountaininn.com/2013/06/06/dahlonega-summer-attractions/

Cane Creek Falls

Cane Creek Falls is close to Dahlonega and is less than 10 minutes (5 miles) from the inn. Located inside Camp Glisson (Methodist Church Camp) it may be closed to the public when summer campers are present. The falls are one of the most popular Dahlonega waterfalls for weddings and do not require any hiking. You just pull into the parking lot and the falls are in front of you. If the gate entering Camp Glisson is open and the signs say the camp is not closed you are free to enter.

Clay Creek Falls

Clay Creek is located on private property but you can see it from the road on Clay Creek Falls Road. No parking or trails provided. The falls are 14 minutes (8.6 miles) from the inn. During drought periods the falls may not be worth the trip but after a heavy rain they can be impressive.

Dukes Creek Falls

Dukes Creek is located on the Richard Russell Scenic Highway about 30 minutes (22 miles) northeast of the inn and west of Helen. The falls are 150 feet in height and the trail to the falls in a narrow canyon is only 1.25 miles beginning at the parking lot. You can stop by Helen for lunch after your hike.

Raven Cliff Falls

Raven Cliff is also on the Richard Russell Scenic Parkway just past the Dukes Creek turn off and is 35 minutes (25 miles) from the inn. The falls are 100 feet in three drops and the trail is 2.5 miles each way. The trail is located parallel to a roaring creek so the hike is interesting the entire way. At the end of the trail is the main falls and hikers can climb the tree roots, like a ladder, to see the falls more clearly.

Black Falls and Montgomery Creek Falls

Both of these falls are located on the Ranger Camp, Frank Merrill property. Black Falls is 21 minutes (13 miles) from the inn is one of the higher falls. To get there take Camp Wahsega Road until you see the concrete barricades that indicate you’ve reached the main Ranger camp entrance area and take a left to continue on Camp Wahsega Road, go 0.5 miles and take a right onto Cloverleaf Trail. If the gate is open you can go in. To get to Montgomery Creek Falls you will again turn left to continue on Camp Wahsega road after seeing the Ranger Camp main entrance and go 0.2 miles then a right onto Merrill Drive. This is the most remote of all of the waterfalls and requires fording the Etowah River and using the old logging road. We can provide more detailed directions to guests staying with us or you can check with the Chamber Welcome Center downtown.

Stay with us and enjoy one of the many Dahlonega waterfalls. For more Dahlonega area attractions visit https://georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-attractions/

See the Stars

Many guests who visit our inn love to come and see the stars. No we are not talking about movie stars even though we are located not too far north from the Atlanta film industry. You won’t see Robert Redford even though “A Walk in the Woods” was partially filmed near here. No stars from the movie “Deliverance” either but you may hear banjo music near the Chestatee river so paddle faster.

What we are talking about is seeing the stars in our dark skies. Since we don’t have street lights or city lights like Atlanta or even downtown Dahlonega that “wash out” the dark skies, we can see thousands of stars on a dark cloudless night. We also see the Milky Way and shooting stars! It’s not unusual to see our guests sitting on the patio with a glass of their favorite wine enjoying the stars. Some even use their phone app to identify the various constellations.

We also try and minimize “light pollution” seen in the city by minimizing outdoor lighting and only providing light for the safety of our guests. We don’t light up the trees or inn structure like some landscapes which is beneficial for star gazers and wild life alike. You can frequently hear the hoot owl at night expressing his favor.

The University of North Georgia has a planetarium and observatory if you are really interested in stars. The planetarium theater seats 46 and houses a Digistar 5 digital planetarium system, which can project starry skies on a thirty-foot diameter dome. Experience a simulation of the night sky as seen from anywhere on the surface of the Earth at any time of night. The system also allows visitors to explore other planets, moons, and stars. Shows are free Friday nights and start at 8:00 pm with doors opening at 7:30 pm. No reservations/tickets required.

The university also has an observatory at Pine Valley (10 miles or 16 minutes from the inn) and guests are invited to come to the observatory on Friday nights after the planetarium show to see the stars closeup. The Friday telescopic viewing begins after sunset, weather permitting. See the https://www.facebook.com/UNGObservatory/ for updates on the observatory operating status. For planetarium information visit https://ung.edu/planetarium/

Come stay with us and see the stars in our dark North Georgia mountain skies!

When is the best weather to see the stars?

When the least amount of clouds are in the sky. When humidity levels are low is better because clouds and thin clouds are less prominent.

When is the best season to see the stars?

Colder months are usually great because of lower humidity and less clouds so Fall and Winter are great. Shooting stars tend to be more abundant from our patio if you look towards the west. We will probably have some fresh homemade chai tea to sip on.

Where is the most spectacular place to see the stars?

Just north of the inn near Woody Gap, Hogpen Gap and Blood Mountain where there is absolutely zero light pollution.

When can you see the Milky Way?

Most dark nights with limited clouds you can see the Milky Way overhead from the north east to the south. Just have to make sure the moon isn’t too bright. We can see it from the patio.

UNG observatory, see the stars

Questions About Dahlonega Wineries

We receive many questions about Dahlonega wineries and have provided answers to many of those questions.

When are the Dahlonega area wineries open for tastings?

There are six wineries and a meadery in Dahlonega with various tasting hours. Three Sisters Winery is open for tasting Thursday thru Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Kaya Vineyard and Winery is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sundays from 12:30 to 5:00 pm. Frogtown Cellars in open Monday thru Friday from 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm, Saturday from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday from 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Wolf Mountain Vineyards tasting hours from March thru August are Thursday – Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm. From September thru November tastings are Tuesday – Saturday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:30 – 5:00 pm. Cavendar Creek Vineyards is open Sunday, Monday, and Thursday from 12:30 – 5:30 pm, Friday from 12:30 – 7:00 pm and Satruday from 11:00 – 7:00 pm. Montaluce Winery and Restaurant is open for tastings anytime it is open. This tends to be seven days a week and can be until 9:00 pm. The winery closes for private events at times so it’s always safest to call. Accent Cellars is open Sunday thru Friday from 12:30 – 7:00 pm and Saturdays from11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Etowah Meadery makes honey wine and is open for tastings Friday and Saturday from 10:00 – 7:00 pm and 12:30 – 7:00 on Sunday.

Opening hours sometimes vary seasonally so call the wineries you are interested in if you have questions about Dahlonega wineries.

How much do tastings cost at Dahlonega wineries?

Walk-in tastings vary. Three Sisters charges $15 for a flight of five wines. Montaluce charges between $18 – $23 for a five wine flight. Kaya charges $14 for its basic 5 wine flight and $18 for its Delux Flight. At Wolf Mountain a tasting will cost you $20. Cavendar Creek offers a four wine tasting for $12. Accent Cellars offers a five wine flight for $14 and a nine wine flight for $22. Call Etowah Meadery and Frogtown Cellars for their tasting prices. Prices are subject to change.

Can I tour any of the Dahlonega wineries?

Montaluce offers free 20 minute tours with no reservations needed Weekdays at 2:00 pm and Weekends at Noon. Wine Hikes are offered on the weekends with a reservation. Kaya offers a 90 minute tour and tasting Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 for $35pp. Wolf Mountain offers a Winemakers tour and tasting for $40 pp at noon on Saturdays and Sundays from March thru November. No reservation required for less than 8 people.

Can I get food at the wineries in Dahlonega?

Several of the wineries offer food. Montaluce has a full service restuarant – LaVigne- and offers appetizers at the wine bar. Kaya offers light lunch items Tuesday thru Sunday and dinner at their resort. Wolf Mountain’s Vineyard Cafe is open mid February thru mid December Thursdays – Saturdays from 12:00 – 3:00 pm for lunch. Light items can be purchased in the tasting room during tasting hours. Sunday brunch is offered for $35/pp plus tax and gratuity at 12:30 and 2:30 pm with a new menu each month. Frogtown Cellars Italian Bistro is open Friday and Saturday from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. It also offers panini sandwiches Friday from 12:00 – 3:30 pm, Saturday from 10:30 – 3:30 pm, and Sunday from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Sunday brunch is served from 12:30 – 2:30 pm for $27.50/pp plus tax and gratuity. Check with the other wineries; they may have food trucks, light snacks, and other food items.

Can I get transportation to and from the wineries or get transportation for a tour of the local Dahlonega wineries?

Yes. There are several choices for transportation and a wide range of prices. Call for options and prices. DSH Transportation: (706)-867-1313. Mama’s Taxi: (706) 482-8539. Appalachian Transportation: (706)-864-0021 ext 2. You may also want to try Uber, but there may not be a lot of drivers in our area. If you are coming from Atlanta with a group consider checking out Atlanta based tours of our North Georgia wineries that offer round trips from the city.

We hope you find the questions about Dahlonega wineries helpful and hope you stay with us when visiting the area. We are the closest inn to Wolf Mountain Winery, only 1.5 miles. For more information on the wineries visit our wineries page at https://georgiamountaininn.com/dahlonega-wineries. You can also get more information from our chamber of commerce at https://dahlonega.org

three sisters winery view
Three Sister’s Winery