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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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 | Habersham Winery Tasting Room

Dahlonega, Ga

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.

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Bratzeit
77 Memorial Dr, Dahlonega, GA 30533-0830
706-867-7741
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Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery Restaurant
180 Wolf Mountain Trl, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1909
706-867-9862
11-5 except Sun - 12:30-5PM

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Spirits Tavern
19 E Main St Suite D, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1223
706-482-0580
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Foothill Grill
995 Morrison Moore Pkwy W, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1402
706-864-0863
7AM -3PM Closed Monday
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Shenanigans Restaurant & Irish Pub
87 N Chestatee St, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1101
706-482-0114

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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.

More.. Gold Mining in and around Dahlonega Georgia

 Gold was mined by Cherokees and other Native Americans in the area before and after the Cherokee Removal of 1838-39. The Cherokee lands were defined by the treaty between the federal government and the Cherokee Nation in the Treaty of Washington (1819). The miners raised political pressure against the Cherokee because they wanted to get the gold. The federal government forced the Native Americans west of the Mississippi River to Oklahoma on the Trail of Tears during Indian removal.

Dahlonega Ga Weather

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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

Dahlonega - Top Things to Do!

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]

Floating - Tubing, Canoe and Kayak Info: The watershed areas around Dahlonega offer a variety of options.  Rivers include the 

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