The best attraction is the...
The best attraction is the tour of the Consolidated Gold Mine. For ten bucks you get a nice tour of the underground hard-rock mine, with an informative presentation of how and why the miners did their thing a century ago. You also get a pan of gold-bearing river sand to pan. I got about a buck's worth of gold from mine. The town itself is nicely restored, with the old courthouse serving as a gold museum.
dahlonega is located at the intersection of GA 52 and US 19 in north central georgia. dahlonega is the county seat of lumpkin county georgia. the name dahlonega comes from the cherokee word dalonige meaning "yellow money". dahlonega is famous for it's 1828 gold rush. between 1838 and 1861 dahlonega was the site of a branch of the u. s. mint. in modern times the economy of dahlonega denpends on tourism and wineries. dahlonega has much to offer the tourist. downtown dahlonega has a charming downtown historic district with numerous shops, restaurants, B&Bs, and inns. in the old lumpkin county courthouse is the gold museum and just out of town are two gold mines. for those interested in nature just west of dahlonega is beautiful amicalola falls state park. dahlonega is one of the top tourist spots in the georgia mountains.
Home of the first gold rush in America
"You can try your hand at gold hunting"
Since Dahlonega is home to the first gold rush in America, preceding the famous Fortyniners by 20 years. The state capital building dome in Atlanta is plated with gold from Dahlonega. Some of the gold was found by panning, and the majority of it was mined from below ground.
"Take a side trip to some natural beauty"
Not too far from Dahlonega, in Dawsonville, is Amicalola Falls. A nice hike here will help you work off the awesome food from the Smith House!
"And shop to your heart's content"
There are wonderful stores all around the town square, each filled with unique items that beg to be taken home. As you can see from the picture, more than a few things found their way home with us.