The City of Dahlonega
Welcome all to the beautiful Georgia gateway to the Appalachian Mountains. We guarantee Georgia will remain "on your mind" after a visit to historical Dahlonega and Lumpkin County.
Visit for the day or stay a lifetime...the choice is yours to make.
There is "gold in them thar hills!" You will find out that the first major U.S. gold rush just happened to take place around the Dahlonega area in 1828 some twenty years before California.
Dahlonega's commercial district, including the public square, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Dahlonega is rich in the culture and charm of Appalachia within its beautifully preserved downtown historic district. The Georgia gateway to the Appalachians is the site of the first U. S. gold rush. Dahlonega is home to The Gold Museum, gold mines and gold panning facilities. Quaint shops around the Square are filled with regional art, antiques, unique jewelry and collectibles.
In Dahlonega the creative spirit soars. Dahlonega has evolved into a center for the performing and visual arts in the North Georgia mountains. Indeed the newest gold rush in Dahlonega is in the performing and visual arts! Enjoy wonderful exhibitions and concerts at the Buisson Arts Center or be swept away by Georgia's premier community theatre company at the historic Holly Theater. Local potters, painters and photographers display their craft in galleries and shops throughout the historic community.
Dahlonega is also the Heart of Georgia's wine country. Major wineries have discovered the rich, fertile hillsides of Lumpkin County with others scheduled to open up operation in the future. Tour all the local wineries or plan a wedding in their enchanting surroundings. Don't miss the opportunity to relax and recharge at a local day spa, resort or retreat center. Spend the week or a night in town with lodging to suit every taste and budget - from delightful bed and breakfasts to country inns and mountain cabins.
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 southern homestyle.
Hike from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy hiking, fishing, and canoeing in the mountains, lakes and rivers of the Chattahooche National Forest. Relax in the splendor of over 30 waterfalls within a short drive including Amicolola, the highest waterfall in the Eastern United States. Challenge the links of the numerous area golf courses or be amazed by wildlife from Australia to Africa at area conservation centers.
Dahlonega is the center for bicycling in the north Georgia Mountains. As the finish site for the Tour De Georgia mountain stage, the 6 Gap Century ride and other regional competitions, the area has hosted the greatest names in cycling.
Plan your next event or vacation in the historic Appalachian mountain village of Dahlonega. For more visitor information about Dahlonega, you can visit the website for The Dahlonega - Lumpkin County Visitors Center . You will soon realize that so much is offered for each individual visitor to see and do. From Lake Lanier to the green carpeted North Georgia Mountains...We invite you to "experience" golden Dahlonega!
Gold Mining History
Gold was first discovered in the Dahlonega area in 1828, twenty years before the Gold Rush to California. When it was discovered it was completely by accident...
Deer hunter, Benjamin Parks, tripped over a rock 2 ½ miles south of what is now Dahlonega, upon inspecting the rock, he discovered that it was full of gold! Within one year’s time some 15,000 miners heard about that and rushed to find some gold for themselves. At that time there was so much gold in and around Dahlonega that it laid on top of the ground, washing off the mountainsides for centuries.
Dahlonega is home to one of the largest quartz veins containing gold in the world. This quartz vein measures 22" thick. For more information about the history and value of Dahlonega coins, please visit the Dahlonega Gold website.
You can discover more about some of Dahlonega's main historic and cultural attractions in the advertisements at the bottom of this page.