Welcome to Dahlonega
In 1828 Dahlonega was the site of the first gold rush in the USA (locals are known as 'Nuggets'). These days the boom is in tourism, as it's an easy day excursion from Atlanta and a fantastic mountain destination. Not only is Dahlonega a hotbed of outdoor activities, but downtown in Courthouse Sq is an attractive mélange of wine-tasting rooms, gourmet emporiums, great food, countrified shops and foothill charm. Wine tasting in the surrounding vineyards is on the rise too. There's a vaguely artistic vibe permeating throughout town (especially when it comes to music), often fueled by students at the University of North Georgia, located off the square. Tack on Amicalola Falls State Park just 18 miles west and you have a pretty irresistible bundle of mountain fun.