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Best Fall Fun in Dahlonega and Dawsonville

Explore these North Georgia towns for mountains of fun this fall!

  • Dahlonega

    Jack Anthony

Whether you're young, old or an age in between, there is plenty of fall fun to be had in Dahlonega, the town that was the site of America's original gold rush, and its neighbor Dawsonville, home to Amicalola Falls, the Appalachian Trail and NASCAR racing legends.

Things to Do in Dahlonega this Fall

Walk around the square

Downtown Dahlonega

Downtown Dahlonega is home to a number of shops and restaurants, 12 wine tasting rooms, the Dahlonega Gold Museum State Historic Site and more. No stop to the square is complete without a tasty treat from the Dahlonega Fudge Factory.

Visit wineries

Frogtown Cellars. Photo courtesy of Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce.

The autumn is a great time of year to spend at Dahlonega's wineries. Many host fall festivals at their vineyards just up the road from the downtown square. ExploreGeorgia.org/events and VisitGeorgiaWines.com have comprehensive lists of these events.

Go to festivals

Musicians frequently perform on the square in Dahlonega, Georgia

Dahlonega is home to some great fall festivals. Check out the 7th Annual Dahlonega Trail Fest in September, Gold Rush Days in October, and the weekly live music events set for the downtown area, like the Dahlonega Appalachian Jam.

Eat great food

Picnic Cafe in Dahlonega, Georgia

Foodies won't want to miss out on the opportunity to dine at several restaurants in Dahlonega, sampling what the town has to offer. Hit many of them up at one time as part of the Savoring the Square Food Tour.

Take a ghost tour

Hear tales and legends on Dahlonega's Historic Ghost Tour

Like a good scare? Take the Historic Ghost Tour in downtown Dahlonega, offered every Friday and Saturday evening in the fall.

Stay and eat at a historic inn

The Smith House in Dahlonega, Georgia

Stay close to the action on the Dahlonega square in a room at The Smith House. The inn is more than 100 years old and features an outdoor pool, gold mine shaft and Southern-style dining.

Things to Do in Dawsonville this Fall

Hike the steps at Amicalola Falls

Photo Credit: Matthew Ady

Lace up your sneakers and hike the steps at Amicalola Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Don’t forget your camera! The waterfall and all those stairs make for great photos all year, but that’s especially true in the autumn. Add to your visit by spending the night at the Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge.

Pick the perfect pumpkin

Pumpkin patch at Burt's Farm in Dawsonville

Bradley's Pumpkin Patch, Christmas Trees & Country Store is a step back in time to a more traditional American way of life. Stop by in the fall and pick up a pumpkin. Be sure to stock up on regionally made jams, jellies and soaps while you’re there. Burt's Farm is also nearby.

Go karting!

Karting at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, Georgia

Skip the indoor flat tracks in favor of the outdoor course built to F1 standard at Atlanta Motorsports Park. The best news is that you don’t have to be a pro to enjoy a number of trips around one of their numerous circuits. Drivers must be at least 12 years old and 60 inches tall.

Go to the Moonshine Festival

Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery

Be sure to visit Dawsonville the weekend before Halloween for the 50th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, featuring a parade of authentic moonshine-hauling cars and revenue cars, a swap meet, entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and tours of the Dawsonville Distillery.


Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more festival content from Eileen.

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