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Dahlonega, Georgia

Dahlonega was the site of the second discovery of gold in Georgia in 1828 (Villa Rica was first in 1826) and only the second major gold rush in the United States. The Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site stands in the middle of the town square, housed in the 1836 Lumpkin County Courthouse. 

Dahlonega is home to the main campus of the University of North Georgia.

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Gold Mining in and around Dahlonega Georgia

Dahlonega is a city located in Lumpkin County, Georgia. It was founded in 1833 and is best known for being the site of America's first gold rush. In 1828, gold was discovered in the area, leading to a gold rush that lasted until the Civil War. The city was named after the Cherokee word "Dahlonaga," which means "yellow money." Dahlonega became an important center for gold mining and was the site of the United States Mint, which produced gold coins from 1838 to 1861. After the Civil War, the city's population declined as the gold mines were depleted, but it remained an important center for agriculture and forestry. Today, Dahlonega is a popular tourist destination, known for its historic buildings, charming downtown, and the nearby Appalachian Mountains.

Dahlonega, Georgia

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Things to do in
Dahlonega, Georgia

From riding the rails, boating and the arts scene, discover the Top Three Things to do in Dahlonega, Georgia

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Where to eat in
Dahlonega, Georgia

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1> Explore Downtown Dahlonega!

Of all the small towns in Northeast Georgia, the Dahlonega square is one of the most vibrant, tourist friendly areas! Although some new construction has taken place, many original buildings now host great restaurants and shops. Our favorite is the General Store. In the 1970s this building housed the Lodestone Restaurant and kept many of us North Georgia College students from starving! Today it is a great place to pick up some gifts and accessories and the owner is the son of the Lodestone operator.

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2> Winery Tours!

Northeast Georgia's second gold rush is actually in the grape! There are several wonderful vineyards and wineries within minutes of downtown Dahlonega. Even better, several of these wineries have tasting rooms on the Dahlonega Square - what a deal! We have a suggested wine tour here: [Wine Tour]. 

One of our favorite places to enjoy lunch and great views is the Monteluce Vineyard and Winery. Please read our review here [Monteluce Review].

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3> Get Outdoors!

Hiking: There are many trails offering both day hikes and overnight adventure around Dahlonega. Trails include the 3.1 mile Lake Zwerner Trail around the Dahlonega Reservoir which is very close to downtown, Yahoola Creek at 1.5 miles and even portions of the Appalachian Trail! View this PDF compiled and prepared by the Yahoola Trails Conservancy for the Dahlonega Visitors for details on area hiking trails! [Dahlonega Hiking]

Fishing: Dahlonega Georgia and Lumpkin County are part of the Blue Ridge Mountains with many streams and lakes offering great fishing opportunities.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has created an Interactive Fishing Map. This is a great resource and is useable on a mobile device too! Check it out: [https://georgiawildlife.com/locations/fishing] Note! Georgia law requires anglers age 16 and older to have a current Georgia fishing license in their possession while fishing in fresh or salt water in Georgia. Licenses may be purchased online, in person at participating locations, or by phone. Your purchase supports the conservation of Georgia's aquatic resources. You can obtain a license online here: [https://georgiawildlife.com/licenses-permits-passes]

The Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber & Visitors Bureau a wonderful web site with much more information and we highly recommend you visit this site: https://www.dahlonega.org/

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Restaurants and Wine Tastings

Anytime of year is a great time to visit Dahlonega Georgia! Dahlonega has become the 'capital of Georgia's wine country' and there are tasting rooms all around the square. Many restaurants call the Dahlonega Square home as well. Check out our reviews:  Spirits Tavern | 19 degrees North Seafood and Grill | Bourbon Street Grill 

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In recent years, Dahlonega and Lumpkin County have been recognized as "the heart of the North Georgia Wine Country". The county features multiple vineyards and five licensed wineries that attract many tourists.

The historic Dahlonega Square is a popular destination, with gift shops, restaurants, art galleries and studios, and wine-tasting rooms. In 2015, Senator Steve Gooch introduced Georgia Senate Resolution 125 officially recognizing Lumpkin County as the Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia.

Dining in Dahlonega, Ga.

Here are the top 5 dining options in Dahlonega, Georgia!

Please read our review of Spirits Tavern [Go Here]. We were very impressed and actually ate their before we built this web page. It is no surprise they are in the top 5!!!

Please call ahead to any of these restaurants as hours may vary!!

Top Dining in Dahlonega, Ga.

Dahlonega GA Restaurants
77 Memorial Dr, Dahlonega, GA 30533-0830

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery Restaurant
180 Wolf Mountain Trl, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1909
11-5 except Sun - 12:30-5PM


Spirits Tavern
19 E Main St Suite D, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1223
11AM-10PM Daily
Foothill Grill
995 Morrison Moore Pkwy W, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1402
7AM -3PM Closed Monday

Shenanigans Restaurant & Irish Pub
87 N Chestatee St, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1101


Discover the Heart of Dahlonega, Georgia

Here in Dahlonega, we invite you to discover our golden history and get to know our beautiful mountains, waterfalls, and wineries. The mountains are open... Learn more at www.Dahlonega.org.

Gold Mining in and around Dahlonega Georgia

The gold rush, illegal mining and the poor treatment of the Cherokee Indians: Numerous gold mines were illegally developed in the area. White miners, entering illegally into the Cherokee Nation lands, came into conflict with the Cherokee, whose territory they had trespassed. The Cherokee Nation had their own gold mines which the United States Government tried to buy, but Principal Chief John Ross rejected their offer.

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Bear on the Square

The city's local festivals draw many visitors. "Bear on the Square", an annual three-day festival held the third weekend in April, marks the day that a black bear wandered onto the square. It features bluegrass and old-time music. "Gold Rush Days", an annual two-day event the third weekend in October, attracts over 200,000 people. Content wikipedia

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