Pan for gold like the old miners did
You can tour an old gold mine and actually pan for gold. The people are very friendly, and the mine is pretty amazing. Lots of people come through here, and the guide provides lots of interesting history and folklore. These old miners were paid up to $1 a day over a hundred years ago, and you can get a sense of what it was like to work in a mine back then. They also have a gift shop. The mine is a National Historic Place.
The whole tour cost us $11 per person ($7 for children) & you get a free sample pan. It was well worth it. We had a lot of fun !
- Historical Travel
- Family Travel
- Adventure Travel
WATERFALLS IN NORTH GEORGIA
The area around Dahlonega has beautiful water falls. We visited four of them. In some cases you REALLY need to get off the beaten path -- but usually it is a short walk and not difficult hike. The Tourist office in Dahlonega has a great brochure and they also have a book of photos of fall so you can pick ones you want to visit.
Amicalola Falls State Park
This beautiful state park is somewhat close to Dahlonega. Amicalola Falls was named by the local Cherokee indians and means "tumbling waters". Although no where near the size of Niagara as for the width, it was just as awesome due to it's height (the highest waterfall east of the Mississippi) and the spectacular surroundings of the North Georgia Mountains. The 500+ steps to the bottom of the falls is quite a hike, to say nothing of coming back up, but well worth the walk. If my four and five year olds could do it, I'd say most anyone can. I can't believe I live in GA for so many years and never made it here until I came back to visit.
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
- Family Travel
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