Dahlonega Attractions and Things to Do

 
There are so many Dahlonega attractions and activities to enjoy for everyone.
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Dahlonega Activities

Historic Dahlonega- Site of the first major gold rush and considered to be one of the most quaint and picturesque historical towns in the North Georgia mountains. Visit the historical square with all of the shops and restaurants. Take a guided walking tour, ghost tour, pub tour or food tour with Dahlonega Walking Tours.

Great Dining- Visit the Where to Eat page for suggestions, descriptions and contact information for the area’s restaurants. Montaluce Winery has a restaurant too. Wolf Mountain Winery serves lunch Sunday brunches with reservations. See more on our wineries page.

Visit the Gold Museum on the square to learn the history of the area or take a tour into a mine shaft at Consolidated Mines to learn how gold was processed. You can also pan for gold at the end of the tour.

Seasonal Festivals/Special Events- From the famous Gold Rush to Bear on the Square Festivals. Also special bike races and seasonal events such as the 6 Gap Century Bike race and Christmas festivities. Visit festivals for more information on these popular Dahlonega attractions.

Enjoy a play, musical at the historic Holly Theater. The Holly is the areas community theater. From time to time they also have great musical concerts.

Listen to live music at the Crimson Moon, Shenanigan’s Irish Pub, Spirits Tavern or other places around town. Certain seasons have first Friday night free concerts in downtown Hancock Park (click for more information) and Appalachian Jam sessions on weekends (more information) near the Gold Museum.

Explore the Waterfalls in the Area

Lumpkin County and the Dahlonega area have many waterfalls to see. 

 
Desoto Falls is north of the inn and a guest favorite. Raven Cliffs Falls and Duke Creek Falls is east of the inn on the Richard Russell Parkway and are great places to hike. 
 
Tallulah Gorge is east of the inn and makes a great day trip if staying for more than one night. Get there early (we can send you off with muffins and coffee to go) and you can get a permit to wade the creek at the bottom of the falls. The hike to the bottom is strenuous but worth it. Near the bottom there is a neat suspension foot bridge that will take you across the water. The gorge is also a great place to see the difference in foliage as you progress to the bottom. It’s very rugged and makes us think of Colorado. After your hike you can visit nearby Clayton for lunch and shopping. Tiger winery is also nearby.
 
Amicalola Falls State Park is the highest waterfall in Georgia. Hike up to the falls or hike to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. A great view of the mountains is a must see from the lodge.  Large picture at top of page is of the falls. If you do not want to take the many steps to the top we can tell you how to avoid any steps and see the falls. One of the most popular of all of the Dahlonega activities.
 
For more information and a map to all of the waterfalls in the area visit our blog post Dahlonega Waterfalls

Wineries, Hiking, Biking, Kayaking and More

Vineyards/Wineries- This area is rapidly becoming the wine region of North Georgia and has been named the Dahlonega Plateau. Several vineyards are nearby with tours, wine tastings, winemakers dinners and special events. Visit wineries nearby for more information.

Hiking-  The National Forests contain thousands of acres of mountain forests with many outdoor activities. The beginning of the Appalachian Trail is at Amicalola Falls State Park west of town and the trail crosses the road in two places north of the inn (Woody Gap and Blood Mountain). The Blood Mountain hike on the AT will take you to the highest point on the AT in Georgia. Preacher’s Rock is a favorite hike near Woody Gap. It is a granite mountaintop with spectacular views (see our video).  Some of our guests enjoy section hiking on the AT using slack packing.

Go tubing, kayaking or canoeing on the Chestatee or Etowah Rivers with Appalachian Outfitters (706) 864-7117. Great way to cool off in the summer. Bring some old towels to dry off.

Swimming in a Cool Mountain Creek- Many of the locals enjoy Dick’s Creek for cooling off during those warm summer days. Located a short drive from the inn the creek features large rocks for sun bathing and cool pools of mountain stream water. Bring your bathing suit and beach towels. In the hotter months this is one of the most popular Dahlonega activities among locals and guests. See our video of this great spot!

Go Zip Lining near Helen next to Habersham Winery (longest dual line in Georgia). You can also zip line at Unicoi and Amicalola Falls State Parks.

Horseback Trail Rides– Call (706) 867-9167 for information.

Road or Mountain Biking- Ride your road bicycle up the mountain to Suches on Highway 19 that adjoins our property (very popular). Tour de Georgia 2008 had its Stage 5 Finish in Dahlonega.  Go mountain biking in the national forests near Nimblewheel Creek west of town. SORBA also has developed mountain bike trails near Yonah Mountain. They also permit hiking too.

Nearby Sautee Naccooche Valley

The Pottery Museum in Sautee/Nacoochee is not too far away and is very interesting. Located southwest of Helen.

 
To the west and south of Helen you can visit historic Nora Mills which is still a functioning mill. Go out to their deck on the Chattahoochee River and feed the gigantic trout.
 
Across the street is Habersham Winery, a large antique mall in and old three story house and Nacoochee Adventures for zip lines.
 

Click the booking link above to see what rooms or yurts may be available.

Whatever you decide to do there are many Dahlonega attractions to choose from.

three sisters winery is a favorite Dahlonega attraction
 
 
 

Cedar House Inn & Yurts, 6463 Highway 19 N, Dahlonega, Ga 30533

706-867-9446

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What are the 3 favorite things to do for Dahlonega visitors?

Going to wineries for tastings. Day hiking the Appalachian Trail (Preacher’s Rock is a favorite shorter hike). Visiting the waterfalls (Amicalola is the most popular).

Is winter a good time to visit Dahlonega?

If you like the lack of crowds winter is the best time. It also is a great time to hike the trails since the leaves are not on the trees and you can see for miles. Some of the wineries are open too! A Dahlonega Christmas is also special with thousands of lights and a fully decorated historic downtown.

When is the busiest time of year in Dahlonega?

The Fall season for sure. Rooms book up quickly and many lodging options have a 2 night minimum on weekends. The Fall colors are spectacular and hiking is at it’s best with the views. Preacher’s Rock is a great viewing place for the Fall colors.

Is summer a good time to visit Dahlonega?

Yes but choose activities to stay cool like hiking in the woods, kayaking down the Chestatee or Etowah Rivers, tubing, wine tastings and zip lining. You can also take a dip in a cold mountain stream like Dick’s Creek. Also the daytime and night time temperatures in the mountains are cooler than the city and hot Atlanta.

Is there something for history lovers?

Yes there is! Dahlonega is the site of the first gold rush. The Gold Museum in the center of the square is a great visit to learn more about the history. You can also tour the Consolidated Gold Mine which was the largest mine in the area. You can go on a guided tour into the shaft and pan for gold at the end.

Are there cultural/art attractions?

The downtown area has several thriving art galleries with working artists demonstrating their medium from painting to metalwork to pottery. You can also attend a play or musical at the historic Holly Theater and the university has events open to the public from time to time.

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