Dawsonville Group Adventures (Click to Expand)
Dawsonville sits in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, edging Lake Lanier and accessing the Appalachian Trail at its trailhead at Springer Mountain. A serene backdrop with tumbling waterfalls and peaceful ambiance, this “Hospitality Highway” community has long been a meeting place and activity center for groups as far back as the Cherokee Indians – and remains so today.

Lodging options include restorative, retreat-like accommodations equipped for executive retreats, conferences and team building activities. Wedding, reunion, and faith-based groups, from small group sizes to up to 200, will be well accommodated in this mountain setting that also offers in-town, limited-service, brand name chain hotels.
Bus Tours (Click to Expand)
Group Dining (Click to Expand)
Dawsonville and Dawson County have several group-friendly venues for groups of any size to enjoy meals.
Maple Restaurant at Amicalola Falls State Park
Enjoy a light, open dining area providing panoramic views of the North Georgia Mountains through its wall of windows. Located just off the main lobby at Amicalola Falls Lodge, it offers seating for up to 175. Most meals are an extensive full buffet; some limited menu selections except during the fall season. Open every day except Christmas Day.
Location and Contact Information:
418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road
Dawsonville, GA 30531
706-265-8888
800-573-9656
Reservations
Pricing:
There is no discount in the restaurant unless all persons in the group are age 65 or older; then there is a 10% discount. Reservations taken only for groups of 8 or more. Bus driver meal is comp. Private group meal functions are available through banquet services; call group sales for menus and pricing.

Peach Brandy Cottage
A 6-acre site in the heart of downtown Dawsonville features a romantic Gazebo beside our lake; a stone amphitheater that seats 300 built into the hill; historic house with a rocking chair front porch; romantic gardens; and a huge banquet room overlooking the main garden, fountain and lake. The Peach Brandy Cottage has 2,100 square feet of dining space perfect for group functions. Extensive menu to choose from; groups may bring their own alcohol and their bartender will pour.
Location and Contact Information:
3 Shepherd's Lane
Dawsonville, GA 30534

770-490-3833
FX: 706-265-6618
www.PeachBrandyCottage.com
Pricing:
Special events from 30-100 and menu selections are offered at surprisingly affordable rates.
Motor coach parking:
Two parking lots: The front lot will hold approximately 30 cars; the back lot another 70 cars.

The Blue Bicycle
30 Industrial Park Road, Suite 116
Dawsonville, GA 30534

706-265-2153
Guy and Kati Owen - owners
www.bluebicycle.net
For smaller groups

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and Museum
The Georgia Racing hall of Fame and Museum is the official home of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, the Museum recognizes prominent members of Georgia's racing heritage; "Saturday Night Races" introductory theater recalls vintage drive-in; Hall of Fame offers racing sensory experience. Museum; banquet hall; guided tours by local historian available by appointment. A full service event can be scheduled for parties, receptions, banquets, riding tours.
Location and Contact Information:
415 Highway 53 East
Post Office Box 6
Dawsonville, GA 30534

706-265-RACE
706-265-4214
www.georgiaracinghof.com
Group rates - range:
Varies dependent on additional activities
No minimums for guided tours
Additional activities will vary per customer
Additional group services:
Meet-and-greet available by appointment. Staff available for conference M-F during normal business hours.
Itineraries (Click to Expand)
Visit Dawson County's unique galleries and shops:

One to two hours (call or go online to check for operating hours)
Around Back at Rocky's
Bowen Center for the ArtsDestination: Surprise

3 days and 2 nights
Dawsonville Georgia is group friendly! With plenty of group lodging and dining options, the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame (don't let the name fool you – it is really a history lesson about moonshine, Dawson County and its unique residents), the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery, the only legal moonshine distillery in the state, and the only one in the nation located in a City Hall complex; the highest waterfalls east of the Mississippi (level ADA trail takes you all the way to the falls), scads of folk art and more than 140 outlet stores, Dawsonville, Georgia will be a hit with your tour groups. It makes a great mystery tour!
  • Day One
    • Mid-Morning:
      • Arrive in Dawsonville
      • Welcome Center -Start the day with a visit to our Welcome Center located off Georgia 400. Call ahead and let them know your group is coming in.
      • Etowah Valley Sporting Clays or Atlanta Motorsports Park (Two hours)
    • Lunch:
    • Afternoon:
      • Visit Dawson County's unique galleries and shops:
        • One to two hours (call or go online to check for operationg hours)
        • Around Back at Rocky's Place
        • Bowen Center for the Arts
        • Historic Jail and Courthouse
    • Evening:
      • Dawsonville suggested dining and lodging options:
      • Sleep in the mountains in resort comfort at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, – or at one of a number of choice limited-service hotels. Smaller groups may enjoy the ambiance at the Racer's Retreat nestled in the woods and serving a gourmet breakfast.
      • Groups can chow down on char-grilled steak at Longhorn's Steak House, Ryan's or one of our many resturants or enjoy dinner in the rustic ambiance at the Maple Restaurant at Amicalola State Park Lodge. Smaller groups may want to dine at one of the local favorites, the Blue Bicycle, serving fresh regional cuisine a more intimate setting.
  • Day Two
    • Morning
      • Get up, get out, get inspired – After a breakfast at your accommodations, revel in the beauty of the mountains: Walk along the level path to Amicalola Falls or along the Amicalola River, enjoy the view from the rocking-chair decks at the Lodge, take part in a nature class; more active groups can hike up to the falls or sign up for team-building activities.
      • Amicalola Falls State Park
        • Visit the cascading 729-foot waterfall, the highest east of the Mississippi River. Enjoy spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Recreational activities include hiking, trout fishing, and sightseeing on 1,020 acres of natural surroundings. A level pathway made of recycled tires makes it possible for everyone to see the falls – close enough to feel the spray on your face.
        • Amicalola State Park offers ongoing nature classes and will have a ranger speak to your group. Perfect for church groups, faith-based retreats and active adults, Amicalola offers shelter areas for gatherings and barbecues in addition to team building activities.
      • Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area
        • Heavily forested 24,000 acres with horseback riding, fishing, interpretive nature trails, bird watching, canoeing on the Amicalola and Etowah Rivers. Walk along the ADA-accessible boardwalk to the "Edge of the World" rapids.
        • Birdwatcher check with Wild Birds Unlimited for a free guided birdwatching tour in Dawson Forest.
    • Lunch:
      • Dawsonville Pool Room or the North Georgia Premium Outlets
    • Afternoon:
      • North Georgia Premium Outlets - Get out your shopping shoes (3 hours)
    • Evening:
      • Rejuvenate and refresh
        • After this active day, it's time to rest and get ready for a fun evening. Return to your accommodations for some downtime or enjoy some local entertainment.
        • Enjoy a birdwatching walk with Wild Birds Unlimited and learn about the local species in our area.
    • Dinner:
      • Take your pick of one of our many dining options.
  • Day Three
    • Morning
      • Have breakfast at your accommodations then set out for your last day of adventure
      • Tour the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and learn of the legendary racers frrom the ste of Georgia.
      • Tour Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery located in the heart of "The Moonshine Capital of the World". Tour is led by master distillers, and those of legal age may choose to sample the product at the counclusion of the tour.
Meeting & Event Facilities (Click to Expand)
Group-Friendly Accommodations and Meeting Spaces
With two full-service mountain lodges and retreat facilities, and several venues for smaller gatherings Dawsonville-Dawson County can accommodate all types of groups:
  • Executive Retreats
  • Women’s Ministry Conferences
  • Wellness Retreats
  • Youth Groups
  • Meetings, Conventions and Group Activities
  • Wedding Parties

Amicalola State Park and Lodge
418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road
Dawsonville, GA 30531

PH: 706-265-8888; 800-573-9656
FX: 706-265-1456; 706-265-4575
amicalola.reservations@dnr.state.ga.us
www.gastateparks.org
It's easy to see why this is one of Georgia's most popular state parks. Amicalola, a Cherokee Indian word meaning "tumbling waters," is an appropriate name for the 729-foot falls – the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River. An 8.5-mile approach trail leads from the park to Springer Mountain, the southern end of the 2,135-mile Appalachian Trail, and numerous other trails are available for shorter journeys. A beautiful lodge at the top of the mountain is popular with guests who prefer traditional hotel comforts, while the cottages and campgrounds are more rustic. For hikers who enjoy more adventure, a 5-mile trail leads to the backcountry Len Foote Hike Inn. Be sure to stop by the visitor center to see an Appalachian Trail display, nature exhibits, live animals, and a gift shop. Self-service luggage carts available; group service available; check in/check out (advanced noticed requested).
Group tour contact:
Ronna Horn; Group Sales Manager
ronna.horn@dnr.state.ga.us
706-344-1541; 706-265-8888 ext. 541
 
The Lodge provides guests with wireless internet service in each guest room as well as in the conference facilities. There is full service catering available with the staff and facilities on hand to service private meals and receptions for up to 240 people. The Lodge Conference Staff can assist in planning all types of food and beverage functions from banquets to receptions and meeting breaks. Buffet and plated menus are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner banquet functions, offering traditional menus or specialty themed menus.

Activities and Outdoor Shelters
  • To arrange for activities: Contact programming department for locations and availability
  • Hiking: 12 miles of trails, picnicking, seasonal trout fishing, interpretive programs, great photography opportunities of mountain views, tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi; picnic shelters, visitor center with nature displays, live exhibits, and gift shop onsite.
  • Group Shelters/Special Event Facilities: Perfect for family reunions, parties and church picnics, enclosed group shelters have tables and chairs for 50 to 250, kitchens, restrooms, heat and air conditioning, and adjacent parking. Many have large barbecue pits. Shelters must be vacated by 9:45 p.m. Cancellations must be made at least 30 days in advance and will be assessed a fee. All vehicles in the group must display a ParkPass.
  • Picnic Shelters - "We've Got You Covered": All state parks except Sprewell Bluff and Sapelo Island have covered picnic tables that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance. These open-air shelters include several tables assembled under a single roof and sometimes a barbecue pit or grills. Parking and restrooms are nearby. Shelters must be vacated by 9:45 p.m. All vehicles in the group must display a ParkPass.
Accommodations: Group rates
  • Lodge: 56 rooms; suites and ADA rooms available; Rate range: $75-$200 (seasonal rates)
  • Cottages - 14 one, two and three bedrooms; 2-two bedroom cottages are ADA approved; 2 are pet friendly with an additional pet fee; Rate range: $80-$160 (seasonal rates)
  • Camping -24 sites: tents and RV; Rate range: $23 per night for up to 2 tents per site; $25 per night ( up to 40' RV)
  • Minimum number of rooms for groups: No minimum
  • Cottages: 2 night stay minimum
  • Camping: no minimums
  • Mobility or park access:The park facilities and lodging are ADA approved.
Additional services offered to groups:
  • Luggage handling: $2 per bag; check in and check out; advanced noticed requested; Self service with luggage carts available
  • Breakfast included in the rate with some seasonal packages
  • Meet and greet and orientation sessions offered with advance reservations. Contact the programming department (seasonal).
  • Nature and outdoor programs that are open to the public are often scheduled at the lodge and park; call ahead to see what is scheduled for time of your visit.
  • Team Building and ropes course; nature programs; hayrides and campfires; meeting and banquet facilities; 12 miles of hiking trails; approach trail to the 2,135 mile Appalachian

Comfort Inn
27 Beartooth Parkway
Dawsonville, Georgia 30534

706-216-1900
www.comfortinn.com
This 100 percent non-smoking, pet-friendly and "Supports Green Practices" Comfort Inn® hotel is conveniently located north of Interstate 285 in Atlanta on Highway 400 and Highway 53 and across from the North Georgia Premium Outlets. Full-service amenities include free deluxe continental breakfast, free local calls, free USA Today newspaper Monday through Friday and free Atlanta Journal-Constitution on the weekends. Guests also enjoy use of an exercise room and seasonal outdoor pool. All guestrooms have microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, safes and cable television with HBO. Handicap-accessible rooms available.
Group Tour Contact(s): Shelby Harris, General Manager
Group rates: Range: $61.99-$81.99 plus 12% tax
Mobility: Not Handicap accessible
Group Services:
  • Baggage handling: $1 per bag
  • Deluxe continental breakfast included in the rate (waffles, biscuits/gravy, pastries, cereals, boiled eggs, yogurt, juices, fresh fruit, fruit cups, coffee/tea.
  • Meet and greet for every guest to hotel
  • Additional services offered to groups: Small meeting rooms available; washer/dryer for guest use located in vending area.
  • Motor coach parking: Motor coach parking available in front of the hotel on the west side for up to two buses

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and Museum
415 Highway 53 East
Post Office Box 6
Dawsonville, GA 30534

PH: 706-265-RACE; 706-265-4214
www.georgiaracinghof.com
The official home of the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, the Museum recognizes prominent members of Georgia's racing heritage; "Saturday Night Races" introductory theater recalls vintage drive-in; Hall of Fame offers racing sensory experience. Museum; banquet hall; guided tours by local historian available by appointment. A full service event can be scheduled for parties, receptions, banquets, riding tours.
Group tour contact(s):
Steve Holder
planning@dawsonville.com
PH: 706-974-0431/cell; 706-265-3256/office
Group Services:
  • No minimums for guided tours
  • Additional activities per will vary per customer
  • Staff available for conference M-F during normal business hours.
  • Meet and greet available by appointment
  • Ample parking for all types, no hook-ups, parking adjacent to building.
Mobility or access:
The entire facility is 100% ADA compliant.
The Len Foote Hike Inn
800-581-8032
http://hike-inn.com/default.asp or www.gastateparks.org
An eco-friendly lodge combining wilderness hiking with hotel comforts (warm beds, hot showers); dining room; educational and entertaining programs.

Peach Brandy Cottage
3 Shepherd's Lane
Dawsonville, GA 30534

PH: 770-490-3833
FX: 706-265-6618
www.PeachBrandyCottage.com
A 6-acre site in the heart of downtown Dawsonville features a romantic gazebo beside our lake; a stone amphitheater that seats 300 built into the hill; historic house with a rocking chair front porch; romantic gardens; and a huge banquet room overlooking the main garden, fountain and lake. The Peach Brandy Cottage has 2,100 square feet of dining space perfect for group functions. Extensive menu to choose from; groups may bring their own alcohol and their bartender will pour.
Group contact: Caroline Christie; info@PeachBrandyCottage.com
Group rates: Special events from 30-100, and menu selections are offered at surprisingly affordable rates.
Mobility or access: Handicapped parking; dedicated handicap accessible restroom; stepless entries and exits
Motorcoach parking: Two parking lots: The front lot will hold approximately 30 cars; the back lot another 70 cars.
Forrest Hills Resort and Conference Center
135 Forrest Hills Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533

PH: 706-864-6456; 770-534-3244; 800-654-6313
FX: 706-864-0757
info@forresthillsresort.com
www.ForrestHillsResort.com
Perched between the North Georgia Appalachian Mountains, this beautiful resort is set within 140 acres at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lush nature invites you both relax in a luxury cabin or a rustic cabin and to explore the activities and historical aspects of the North Georgia Mountains. Situated at the gateway to the Appalachian Trail, this cabin resort is close to Dahlonega, a famous gold-mining town established in the early 1800s. Besides mountain cabin rentals with hot tubs that are perfect for romantic getaways and honeymoons plus vacation packages for couples, the resort has group lodging, group retreat facilities, and team building activities ideal for executive retreats, plus wedding chapel, outdoor wedding gazebos, reception halls, a resort spa, horseback riding and more. Forrest Hills Resort has been nominated as one of the top 100 U.S. Resorts for 10 of its 30 years of existence.
Forrest Hills Resort and Spa provides a perfect environment for family reunions, retreats, training, conflict management, and leadership development for groups up to 200. The conference facilities are in a natural setting in the north Georgia mountains with all of the amenities needed for a successful group retreat including wireless Internet, meeting space with A/V equipment, on-site group coordinator, and private group lodging.

Groups staying at Forrest Hills may enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, formal banquets; bonfires; horseback riding; carriage rides; spa services at our day spa, in-lodge chair massage, wellness programs; outdoor pool, sand volleyball courts; meeting and/or hospitality rooms; fitness room; outdoor hot tub; free wireless Internet access; 2-mile walking trail plus scenic horse-drawn wagon rides which depart from Forrest Hills for a 15-minute ride to the river house for steak and chicken cookout with live entertainment.  A 2-night stay required most weekends along with a meal package. Please contact our group coordinator for details and pricing based on your group's individual needs.
 
Contacts: Terri Votava, Groups@ForrestHillsResort.com
Mary Darflinger, Info@ForrestHillsResort.com
Accommodations
  • Standard group lodge: minimum 8 rooms; Rate range: $75 to $95 pending season
  • Premium Suites: minimum varies from 6-12 suites pending season; Rate range: $125-$150
  • Meal packages are available. Some meals are required to be added during weekend stays.
  • 10% commission available.
  • Mobility: Handicap access available; interior staircases in some lodges
  • Group Services:
    • Luggage handling available upon request for additional fee
    • Breakfast not included in rate but available for $8.95++ per room and required on weekends
    • Meet and greet available upon request
  • Additional services offered to groups:
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, formal banquets
    • Bonfires
    • Horseback riding
    • Carriage rides
    • Spa services at our day spa, in-lodge chair massage, wellness programs
    • Outdoor pool, sand volleyball courts; meeting and/or hospitality rooms
    • Fitness room
    • Outdoor hot tub
    • Free wireless Internet access
    • 2-mile walking trail plus scenic horse-drawn wagon rides that depart from Forrest Hills for a 15-minute ride to the river house for steak and chicken cookout with live entertainment.
    • Motorcoach parking:Available at each group lodge
    • Notes: 2-night stay required most weekends along with a meal package. Please contact group coordinator for details and pricing based on your group's individual needs.

Lily Creek Lodge
2608 Auraria Road
Dahlonega, GA 30533

PH: 706-864-6848
lilycreeklodge@windstream.net
www.lilycreeklodge.com
 
Nestled in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia, just an hour's drive from downtown Atlanta, Lily Creek Lodge is a forest-hugged mountain retreat that combines cozy, vintage style with modern luxuries and amenities. Whether looking for a small group gathering or a friendly gathering place in a serene environment to relax, you can find all the essentials for a country escape at Lily Creek Lodge. Each morning guests are treated to Lily Creek's signature full breakfast, with American and European accents. The Lodge is a perfect location for family reunions, small business retreats and intimate weddings.
Contact:
Sharon Bacek; owner and innkeeper
sgbacek@america.net
lilycreeklodge@windstream.net
706-864-6848; 706-429-6311

Group rates - range:
No more than 2 people per room; includes breakfast
 
< Based on 13 room minimum
Sunday - Thursday: $115 includes breakfast
Friday & Saturday: negotiable, call for rates
 
Based on 6 rooms:
 
Sunday - Thursday: 10% off rack rates of $115 - $225
Friday & Saturday: negotiable, call for rates

Mobility: Exterior staircase. Not ADA-approved. No luggage handling.
Group Services: Lily Creek Lodge will coordinate activities at or away from the Lodge: dining, winery visits, tickets for events and activities, catering, music, speakers, limos, and more. Meet and greet and wine reception upon request
Motorcoach parking: Driveway is steep and paved with a large unpaved parking lot. Not suitable for large motor coaches but good for large vans, small buses, or limos
Additional services offered to groups: Lily Creek is a peaceful, private location and great for small groups focused on team building, inspirational or educational themes, or leadership skills. The owners can arrange catering, music, speakers, limos, etc., and are very flexible and cooperative.
Numerous limited-service brand name chain hotels ideally suited to smaller groups and reunions – most located on Georgia Hwy. 400 and offer special packages for groups.
Group Travel Contacts (Click to Expand)
Dawsonville invites you to tour, shop and dine with us – just 50 minutes north of Atlanta. Our serene backdrop, with tumbling waterfalls and a peaceful ambiance, has long been a meeting place and activity center for groups as far back as the Cherokee Indians. Dawson County’s unique attractions and lodging landscape take full advantage of its beautiful mountain setting, with restorative, retreat-like accommodations equipped for executive retreats, conferences, and youth groups, and is ideally located for hub-and-spoke tours of North Georgia.

Shop the North Georgia Premium Outlets
Group Contacts: Elaine Stephens, EStephens@cpgi.com
706-216-3609
www.premiumoutlets.com
Groups get special treatment and discount coupon books with advance notice.

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame
Gordon Pirkle is the CEO
706-216-7223 (RACE)
Info email: raceinfoga@gmail.com
Website: www.georgiaracinghof.com

Moonshining and racing history of North Georgia.

Around Back at Rocky's
Group Contact: Tracy Burnette
Email: aroundbackatrockysplace@hotmail.com
706-579-1072
Explore the folk art of artists from the North Georgia region as well as those from the Southeast. Rocky’s showcases 200-plus artists working in a variety of media, including paintings by some of the South's best folk artists and pottery – from face jugs, churns and pitchers to whimsical pieces. Rocky’s also carries canes, birdhouses, pillows, whirligigs, jewelry and more. Call ahead to schedule; open to groups by appointment; open to the general public on weekends only.

Dawsonville Group Contact
Christie Haynes
Dawson County Office of Tourism Development
c.haynes@dawson.org
877-302-9271
www.dawsoncounty.org
Weddings (Click to Expand)


The natural beauty that encompasses and surrounds Dawsonville and Dawson County will add to the ambiance of your perfect wedding, whether you want your special day to be high-style or rustic elegance. The picturesque backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains makes Dawsonville-Dawson County a popular location for destination weddings, and some venues offer on-site wedding coordinators to ensure your special day comes off without a hitch. Click here to see all that Dawson County can provide for your perfect event.