Dahlonega GA is the site of the first gold rush in the United States. Visit the quaint specialty shops surrounding the town square and the Georgia Gold Museum in the center of the square. Visit the old time general store, candy shop, a year round Christmas store, book store, art stores, jewelry, collectibles, antique stores, quilt shop, and many other gift shops on the square. One block off the square is the Smith House Restaurant with delicious family style country cooking. The drive from Ellijay to Dahlonega route takes you through Georgia apple country where you can visit  apple orchards on both sides of the roads.  Be sure to buy your freshly grown Georgia apples in season.  Also, you will pass by Amicalola Falls State Park and Burt's Pumpkin farm. Visit the historic gold mines with gold panning opportunities.
Dahlonega is also the cradle of Georgia’s wine country. Tour all the local wineries for wine tastings. Take the opportunity to enjoy casual fine dining in any of Dahlonega’s many famous restaurants. The culinary delights range from gourmet to good old home-style southern cuisine.
Hike from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy hiking, fishing, and canoeing in the mountains, lakes and rivers of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Golf on the links of the numerous area golf courses or be amazed by wildlife like kangaroos and tigers from Australia to Africa at area conservation centers. Relax in the splendor of over 30 waterfalls within a short drive including Amicolola Falls, the highest waterfall in the Eastern United States. Dahlonega is the center for bicycling in the north Georgia Mountains. As the finish site for the Dodge Tour De Georgia mountain stage, the 6 Gap Century ride and other regional competitions, the area has hosted the greatest names in cycling.

The Smith House Restaurant features platters piled high with  fried chicken and sweet baked ham, with roast beef; bowls full of dumplings, beef stew, fried okra, candied yams and a dozen or so different fresh, steamed vegetables; homemade yeast rolls and breads that melt in your mouth .This kind of old fashion home cooking that has made The Smith House a favorite for folks from all over the country.

Consolidated Gold Mine features gold panning and underground tours of a gold mine that was the site of the first gold rush in America. Open 7 days a week.

Crisson Gold  Mine  Dahlonega  
Visit 7 days a week to pan for gold and gems at Crisson Gold Mine.

Twenty years before the famed 1849 gold rush began in California, prospectors flocked into the Cherokee Nation in north Georgia, marking the  advent of our country's very first gold rush. Their dramatic story is told inside the historic 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse, the oldest courthouse in Georgia. Dahlonega prospered with this mining activity, and a U.S. Branch Mint opened in 1838, coining more than $6 million in gold before closing in 1861. The Dahlonega Gold museum's exhibits include a set of these coins, a nugget weighing more than five ounces, a large hydraulic cannon and nozzle used to blast soil from mountainsides, a film and gift shop. Visitors can also explore the courthouse features, including beautiful wooden chapel seats from 1889 and the judge's chambers.

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