10 Things to Do in Dahlonega That You Shouldn't Miss

October 16, 2017 Misti Hsu

Dahlonega sits at the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail on Springer Mountain. It was the site of the first major U.S. gold rush—in 1828, 20 years before the California gold rush. Dahlonega's commercial district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s home to wineries,a thriving performing and visual arts scene and plenty of outdoor activities all year round.
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1. Consolidated Gold Mine

185 Consolidated Gold Mine Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533-0805 +1 706-864-8473
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4.5 based on 842 reviews

Consolidated Gold Mine

You and your family will enjoy a 40 minute Underground Adventure of the mine with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.As you descend the stairs, you will hear tales of miner’s struggles to uncover gold deep within large Quartz veins. Your tour guide welcomes interaction from the group as you experience life as a miner at the turn of the century.After your tour, you will receive gold panning instructions from some of the best panners in the world, having won numerous awards in the field. Then you will get a chance to try if for yourself and hopefully you’ll strike it rich!While you are at the mine, don’t forget to try our “Gemstone Grubbin’” for a great family experience. Everyone will love our water powered flume boxes that quickly wash away material revealing beautiful gemstones! We have buckets for beginners and experts alike. There’s no better way to strike it rich!The Mines remain at a comfortable 60 degrees year round. As a reminder, this is a walking tour. Guests enter the mine via three flights of stairs and two ramps. Tennis shoes are recommended and closed toed shoes are a must! Flip Flops are not permitted for the Underground Adventure.Pets and strollers are not permitted in the mine.TRAVEL 200 FEET UNDERGROUND AND 100 YEARS BACK IN TIME!

Reviewed By veggiegirl60 - Venice, Florida

My husband and I toured the gold mine on a weekday. Thankfully, we got there relatively early. By the time our tour was about halfway through, there were two other groups in the same area, and things were congested. Interesting facts learned. Friendly staff. The gold panning was a bit hokey, I thought.

2. Crisson Gold Mine

2736 Morrison Moore Pkwy East, Dahlonega, GA 30533-3942 +1 706-864-6363
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4.5 based on 311 reviews

Crisson Gold Mine

Here at Crisson Gold Mine you can Pan for Real Dahlonega Gold, and look for Gemstones. We have instructors that are willing to help you and your family have a fun adventure. We also offer the use of Trommels, Highbankers, Gold cubes to the person that wants to do more than just pan. Please call us to find out more information. The Crisson Gold Mine has a lot of history. It is an actual open pit gold mine that was established in 1847 and was worked commercially until the early 1980s. We've been open to the public since 1969 and we are the oldest gold mining establishment in North Georgia. At Crisson Gold Mine, there is a 130-year-old stamp mill that is still used to crush quartz rock which contains gold. This crushed rock is called ore. In addition to the stamp mill, we have rod mills and jaw crushers that we occasionally use. All of these antique gold mining machines along with our open pit mine can be seen when you visit our gold mine. We sell our ore by the 5-gallon bucket. You can pan for the gold at our gold mine, or you can take the ore home with you. For our more serious gold miners, we have trommels for your use during your visit to Crisson Gold Mine. These machines are used to separate the gold from the sand at a much more efficient pace. Several buckets of ore can be finished in less than half the time it takes to pan them out. New for 2014 you can now purchase a pan of quartz rock and use our crusher to crush them, then pan out the gold. This has been a big hit. Especially for the more serious miners.

Reviewed By janice_foodie - Chicago, Illinois

Went just to dig for gems and had a blast. Love the intimate family owned environment. Will always go here!!Thank you so much for taking time to write us a Review!!! We love to see that you always have a great time every time you come here! We hope to see you again soon!! Have a great summer!!

3. Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site

1 Public Sq, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1210 +1 706-864-2257
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4.5 based on 313 reviews

Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site

This site tells the story of the Gold Rush of 1828.

Reviewed By ScottInPTC-GA - Peachtree City, Georgia

I had some time to kill in downtown Dahlonega, so I decided to finally check out the old courthouse that I’ve driven around 3 million times in my life. It’s apparently the oldest public building in North Georgia (guessing the 1820 clock tower in Fayetteville doesn’t count as a building – otherwise looks like we’ve got a potential battle for claiming rights) and I think it’s great that they use it as a museum for Dahlonega’s gold rush history. Too often there are grand old buildings that you can only observe from the outside – always a nice rush to step through the doors (and the “rush” here is doubly appropriate).

That said, there’s not really much to this museum. The $7 State Historic Site entry gets you three small rooms downstairs and a large upstairs room that shows a Gold Rush video on the half-hour in one half of the room and a large table that details more of the courthouse history on the other half. The video, even though only 10 years old, still feels a little dated and is the most informative display in the museum – though you just really gloss over the main details (basically: aprocryphal tale where a guy stumbles over a golden rock, people go nuts, Native Americans get drummed out, and mining companies swarm in with hydraulic cannons). 4th grade history told on a 4th grade level – which is great if you’re a 4th grader but it left a bit to be desired with me regarding both the Native American tragedy and the actual gold rush itself. If you’re really interested in the latter, you’ll get a slight taste of it here but you’ll get much more out of a tour at one of the local gold mines.

I will say though that I did come out with a neat bit of knowledge – contrary to what I thought, the first established Gold Rush town in Georgia (and therefore the USA) was the nearby community of Auraria, which as you might surmise from the name established itself immediately after the discovery. Despite my North Georgia roots I had never heard of Auraria and a quick GPS search revealed it’s only 10 minutes away from downtown Dahlonega (and even on a path that ties you back into GA-400 if you’re heading south afterwards). It’s essentially a ghost town now – an attractive ruin of what was apparently the town tavern stands at an intersection alongside a state historical plaque. It might not look like much, but the quiet history of this little spot speaks to a bit of the past that you’d never guess otherwise. A pretty cool discovery, thanks to this otherwise modest museum.

4. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

180 Wolf Mountain Trl, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1909 +1 706-867-9862
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4.5 based on 349 reviews

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

Reviewed By CSmithATLGA - ATL, GA

We recently visited for the first time for Sunday brunch. Reservations were made online which was quite convenient. Before brunch, we visited the tasting room and enjoyed their wine offerings, which were quite good. We were seated for brunch promptly by staff that were friendly and attentive. The Sunday brunch buffet was fantastic! Southern classics with a modern twist. The meatloaf was, by far, the best I've ever eaten. Cannot wait to return!

5. The Historic Holly Theater

69 W Main St, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1000 +1 706-864-3759
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5 based on 49 reviews

The Historic Holly Theater

Reviewed By Clair W - Dawsonville, United States

Have you discovered the Holly Theater yet?!?! When I first wandered into the theater to audition for a show, I loved the historic building, the excitement of being on stage, and the amazing friendships I have built with those people. Now years later, I still find myself coming back to the Holly. I'm still awe-struck by the historic building and its beauty and the stories it has lived to see. I still continue to make long lasting friendships with the people I meet there. And the theater I have enjoyed there over the years has fed my artist's soul. If you enjoy a night of good theater, you'll love coming to the Holly. Whether you're looking for a show with your kids, a night out with the girls, a more adult evening, or a great concert, you'll find it at the Holly! So next time you're in Dahlonega, looking for something to do on the weekend, see what's playing at the Holly!

6. Lake Zwerner Trail

Morrison Moore Pkwy, Dahlonega Reservoir, Dahlonega, GA 30533
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Lake Zwerner Trail

Reviewed By WhitmanThoreau - Dahlonega, Georgia

This trail around the lake has always been awesome. But it is even better now. It appears there has been a lot of recent work put in on the trail to cut back some of the brush that was crowding the trail on the North end. Now you can walk side by side for the majority of the trail. A big improvement! Thanks for the hard work!

7. Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery

439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega, GA 30533-2952 +1 706-865-9463
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4 based on 165 reviews

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery

Reviewed By grace1908 - grace1908

Had five tasting. You choose the wine you would like to taste. The girl behind the bar was exceptionally knowledgeable.

8. Frogtown Cellars

700 Ridge Point Dr, Dahlonega, GA 30533-2964 +1 706-865-0687
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4 based on 255 reviews

Frogtown Cellars

Visit Frogtown to experience the utlimate in Georgia estate wines. We have won over 50 medals in major California competitions alone. Looking for a great way to spend the afternoon? You will think you are in the heart of wine country when you sit and experience the fine wines, food and vineyards. Frogtown was recently pictured in the Napa Sonoma Magazine as one of the most beautiful vineyards outside California.Over 20 wines are available for you to taste! Bring a friend and enjoy the day.Check our website for special dinners, brunches and events.

Reviewed By Britt S - Nashville, Tennessee

Gabby is AMAZING. I can’t remember having a better host at a winery. She is an expert guide on taste and flavors, and my husband and I ended up staying for a glass just to chat with her!

9. Kaya Vineyard & Winery

5400 Town Creek Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533-3021 +1 706-219-3514
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4 based on 44 reviews

Kaya Vineyard & Winery

Kaya Vineyard and Winery is a rebirth of Blackstock Vineyards; located in Dahlonega, Georgia. Blackstock was one of the first and largest vineyards in the Dahlonega area (40ac). The unfortunate closing of the Blackstock winery in late 2012 paved the way for a complete renovation and re-vitalization of the property. Our future is exciting with plans that include a twenty-two hotel with restaurant, fifteen craftsman cottages, and an event facility that can seat up to three hundred making it the largest resort winery North of Atlanta. Both Kaya’s Winery and Tasting Room are built atop a ridge that is sixteen-hundred feet above elevation, and offers the most exquisite panoramic mountain views in North Georgia. Carrying over into the tasting room boasted by twelve foot windows, Edison light bulbs hanging from the ceiling, reclaimed wood, and concrete makes looking over the Appalachian Mountains a fantasy. Want to be outside enjoy the cool summer breezes on our two-thousand square-foot covered deck with live music and most importantly some wine. All of Kaya wines are made exclusively from estate grown grapes produced from our property. The Werkheiser family believes that wine is made in the vineyard, and our wines represent specific grown styles to fulfill their particular niche. Our vineyards are planted with classic European varieties as well as some from Italian and some from the Americas. All of our grapes are hand harvested and gently processed in our facility we call this the “art of wine”. Thou our techniques are meticulous and but real secret lies in the management of the vineyard, this is were Ariel shines producing wonderful fruit to turn into wine. After harvest the wine goes to the temperature and humidity controlled barrel room is the perfect environment for the slow and traditional integration of flavor and aroma between the wood and fruit. We as a team at Kaya love producing hand-crafted complex wines that cater to the serious enthusiast all the way to beginners in the trade. Our goal in the tasting room is to provide an educational experience for those with a passion to learn more about wine, and in a very relaxed, down-to-earth environment. We look forward to sharing the Kaya experience with you!

Reviewed By Melanie C - Deltona, Florida, United States

I loved this winery! The property has some breathtaking views that just can’t be missed if you are in the area! The place was nicely decorated. The goat cheese appetizer was amazing - I’d go back for that any day! And the wine was delicious...MoreMelanie, thank you so much for visiting Kaya! We appreciate the kind words and praise of our Goat Cheese Appetizer, wine and views!! So glad we could contribute to your vacation to Dahlonega. We look forward to seeing you again.

10. Chestatee River Diving Bell

Hawkins Street, Dahlonega’s Hancock Park, Dahlonega, GA
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4 based on 50 reviews

Chestatee River Diving Bell

Reviewed By David B - Marietta, Georgia

We were part of a food tour and our guide took us to see an interesting sight, a diving bell. Yep…this artifact is a left-over from Dahlonega’s Gold Rush days. Its official name is the Chestatee River Diving Bell and it is located in Dahlonega’s Hancock Park at Hawkins Street. This ‘Bell’, which dates from the Civil War, was first used to scan the Mississippi River in New Orleans and used to help divers breathe underwater while scanning river bottoms. In 1875, Philologus Loud, an inventor and entrepreneur, brought the Bell to Georgia, where it stopped in Gainesville, Georgia before moving to Dahlonega by a Southern Express wagon. The following year, a ship carrying the Bell sank in the Chestatee River and the Bell stayed submerged until 1983, when it was discovered. The submarine-style, maritime artifact was restored around 2003. That was a real treat for us and very interesting. This is an ‘A’ for us..

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