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

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.

1. Consolidated Gold Mine

185 Consolidated Gold Mine Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533-0805 Sights & Landmarks, Mines
Excellent
74%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 967 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 Miners .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!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.

Reviewed By tim0shel

Awesome place

My daughter and I was in the area and found this place to explore on a Rainy day from hiking. So we really enjoyed the amazing displays of rocks and gold they had. The Staff was awesome and Jason the tour guy explained everything very clearly. He was awes

2. Crisson Gold Mine

2736 Morrison Moore Pkwy East, Dahlonega, GA 30533-3942 Sights & Landmarks, Mines
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
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Poor
2%
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4.5 based on 351 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.

Reviewed By rcabr - atlanta, gaatlanta, ga

Love this place

Have visited several times with the grandkids 6-10. They love it. Staff had always been helpful. It is all weather as they now have an indoor room for gold panning and gem seeking from sand.

3. Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

180 Wolf Mountain Trl, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1909 Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
Excellent
61%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 396 reviews

Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery

Reviewed By Q8105RDdan - Panama City Beach, FloridaPanama City Beach, Florida

Afternoon Delight

We love this place. On February 9th our family consisting of four adults visited and really enjoyed the wine tasting experience. The wine tasting area features a large four-sided stone and cedar bar. (There is also an inside tasting bar on the upper level

4. Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site

1 Public Sq, Dahlonega, GA 30533-1210 Museums, Specialty Museums
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4.5 based on 359 reviews

Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site

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

Reviewed By Bbqman3341 - Gainesville, GeorgiaGainesville, Georgia

informative

they do a good job of enlightening visitors about the mining history of the area. from the earliest of times right on through to the present day the history of the area is well documented with ddisspalys and featured artifacts. it's bit pricy to enter, bu

5. Kaya Vineyard & Winery

5400 Town Creek Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533-3021 Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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4 based on 77 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 davidbmarietta241 - Marietta, GeorgiaMarietta, Georgia

Crowded And Loud!

If you like a loud and crowded place to do a wine tasting then come here. There are plenty of more cozy and quiet places around to avoid this place. It all depends on what you want. I would consider this place more like a bar than a wine tasting location

6. Cavender Creek Vineyards

3610 Cavender Creek Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533-3346 Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 108 reviews

Cavender Creek Vineyards

We are a fully operational vineyard and winery, growing vines on 4.5 acres of North Georgia countryside. We are the "baby" of the county vineyards, but we take great pride in our work, and are proud to set our own pace to viticulture. Our staff and owner got into this trade with a true desire to make great wine and provide a fun and inviting atmosphere for our guests! History Established in 2007. Cavender Creek Vineyards and Winery got its start with the Raymond and Donna Castleberry in 2007. In the summer of 2015, Raymond and Donna finally called for a second "retirement", and sold Cavender Creek Vineyards to our new proprietor, Claire Livingston. The first vines planted at Cavender were two red grape varietals; Cabernet Sauvignon (a vitis vinifera species) and Norton/Cynthiana (a vitis aestivalis species), with our first harvest being in the summer of 2009. The third plot (Petit Manseng), a small white grape, was planted in 2008 and premiered its first vintage in the Spring of 2011.

Reviewed By gschloesser1 - Jefferson City, TennesseeJefferson City, Tennessee

Great, comfortable atmosphere with a good selection of wine

This turned out to be our final winery visit--four wineries in all--on our northern Georgia getaway. It was a wonderful way to finish our weekend.The large, spacious tasting room is very welcoming, with a rustic, country atmosphere and lots of tables. The

7. Frogtown Cellars

700 Ridge Point Dr, Dahlonega, GA 30533-2964 Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 281 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 tonythemagnificent - Gainesville, GeorgiaGainesville, Georgia

Wonderful Relaxing and Welcoming visit, plus great wines

This afternoon we visited Frogtown Cellars, again -- one of our favorites. Loved the entire experience. Cydney and Craig are wonderful hosts, extremely welcoming, warm and truly love what they are doing. We were fortunate enough to have Cydney pouring a t

8. Lake Zwerner Trail

Morrison Moore Pkwy, Dahlonega Reservoir, Dahlonega, GA 30533 Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
Excellent
63%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 39 reviews

Lake Zwerner Trail

Reviewed By onemichael - Taylors, South CarolinaTaylors, South Carolina

Nice trail with continuous moderate up and downs

This Trail follows Lake Zwerner , aka Yahoola Creek Reservoir. It is about a 3.3 mile loop and has several up and down none of which are terribly steep but will require some moderate workout. It will get your heart rate up, not just an easy walk around a

9. Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery

439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega, GA 30533-2952 Food & Drink, Wineries & Vineyards
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4 based on 182 reviews

Three Sisters Vineyards & Winery

Reviewed By Kathy G - Lawrenceville, GeorgiaLawrenceville, Georgia

A Pleasant Drive

We had been to Three Sisters a few years ago and were really looking forward to a return visit. The drive there from Atlanta is pleasant and finding the winery can be tedious but the signs are helpful. I was taken aback by the $17.50 per person price for

10. Z. Brown Distillery

2148 Town Creek Church Rd, Dahlonega, GA 30533-3068 Food & Drink, Distilleries
Excellent
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Z. Brown Distillery

Reviewed By f5mando - Jasper, GeorgiaJasper, Georgia

Too Early For A Better Rating.

Tasting room small, distillery small, only Bourbon 84,120 proofs that are blends at this time. Waiting for barrels to come of age. Gin and Brandy other tastings. All bottled items priced at 750l prices for 375l. Still has a way to go. Good selection of Za

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