An hour north of Atlanta on the edge of Chattahoochee National Forest, Dahlonega, Georgia is a gold mine for RV camping fans. In the heart of Georgia’s “gold rush country”, this tree-lined Blue Ridge Mountain town offers RVers plenty of vacation treasure. Here are just a few of the ways RV campers will enjoy spending time in Dahlonega.
- Gold Panning: The streams and rivers surrounding Dahlonega still bear evidence of the yellow treasure that brought enormous change to the region. Vacationers hoping to pan for gold can visit sites like Gold n’ Gem, Georgia’s only operating commercial gold mine. By the way, there’s a campground on site for RVers hoping to cash in on gold and gem panning at the mine.
- Historical Sites: Rich in history, Dahlonega’s commercial district is on the National Register of Historic Places. To learn more about the Georgia Gold Rush, tour the Consolidated Gold Mine and Crisson Gold Mine, or visit the Gold Museum, housed in the original Lumpkin County Courthouse built in 1836. Be sure to spend some time touring Dahlonega’s Public Square and the Hawkins Street Neighborhood for a look into North Georgia’s past.
- Lake Lanier: Officially “Lake Sidney Lanier”, this aqua blue waterway nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains promises plenty of hiking, boating, fishing, swimming and, of course, RV camping fun. With seven campgrounds featuring beach access, boat launches and other amenities, RV camping at Lake Lanier is a must on your Dahlonega RV trip.
- Chattahoochee National Forest: Famous among paddlers and hikers as a mountain paradise, the Chattahoochee National Forest also attracts thousands of anglers who come for the cold water fishing. Whether you plan to drive the Ridge and Valley Scenic Byway, fish for trout in this forest’s thousand miles of trout streams, or hike some of the four hundred miles of trails, you’re going to find more than enough to satisfy your need for the great outdoors.
- Viewing Waterfalls: Part of the charm of the North Georgia mountains is the abundance of waterfalls, many quite close to Dahlonega. Amicalola Falls State Park showcases a stunning example, with a seven-story waterfall splashing over a rocky mountainside. The trails at the park wind through the North Georgia woods and past the iconic waterfall, and the on-site campground is an excellent value. Up for a challenge? Make the eight-mile hike to Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
- Bike Racing: One type of outdoor recreation, in particular, that’s celebrated every year in Dahlonega is bike racing. Both the prestigious Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty Bike Races are held each September along some of the steepest climbs in North Georgia. Another well-regarded bike event held in Dahlonega each August is the Fool’s Gold 100.
- Wineries and Wine Festivals: North Georgia produces a wonderful variety of wines, and Dahlonega is at the heart of wine country. Festivals held at individual wineries and the Georgia Wine Festival give RV travelers a chance to taste and purchase the rich tastes these Blue Ridge Mountain wineries are crafting.
- Rodeo! Every year in June, the Mountain Top Rodeo is held at the fabulous R-Ranch in the Mountains. It welcomes cowboys and cowgirls from all over the nation for two days of fast-paced rodeo action, and it will welcome your RV camping crew for a down-home, fun-filled rodeo weekend.
Dahlonega, Georgia can be the place you return to year after year for your RV camping vacations. There’s simply something wonderful to be found over every ridge, and a week simply won’t do justice to the charms of this Blue Ridge Mountain town. Come soon, come often and prepare to fall in love with this gem in the heart of Georgia’s Gold Rush Country.