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Located just 50 miles north of Atlanta, Dawsonville is conveniently nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, edging Lake Lanier and accessing the Appalachian Trail at its trailhead at Springer Mountain. It is the perfect place to stay for a week and explore the treasures of the North Georgia Mountains: Dahlonega, site of the first U.S. Gold Rush; Alpine Helen Bavarian Village; BabyLand General Hospital; and Brasstown Bald, the highest elevation in Georgia, from whose peak you can see four states. We have listed just a few of the great attractions in the North Georgia Mountains you will want to visit while staying here in Dawsonville.

 
Gibbs Gardens (21 minutes)
Beautiful Gibbs Gardens is a slice of heaven located 21 minutes away from Dawsonville. This 220-acre paradise has natural springs, streams, ferns, native azaleas, dogwoods, and mountain laurels, with 24 ponds, 32 bridge crossings, and 19 waterfalls.
1988 Gibbs Drive
Ball Ground, GA 
770-893-1881
www.gibbsgardens.comhttp://www.gibbsgardens.com

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Dahlonega (23 minutes)
Dahlonega, a charming little mountain town, is the site of the first U.S. Gold Rush in 1829. Families can visit the Dahlonega Courthouse Gold Museum and can actually tour a gold mine, search for gems, or pan for gold. You can enjoy shopping in the quaint downtown area while tasting fudge and eating homemade ice cream. www.dahlonega.org

Dahlonega Gold Museum (23 minutes)
With Dahlonega the site of the first U.S. Gold Rush, in 1829, it is no surprise that a branch of the U.S. Mint opened there in 1838. The mint closed in 1861. The building is now the Dahlonega Gold Museum, with exhibits that include some of the gold coins minted there, a nugget weighing more than five ounces, and more about the history of this exciting era. www.gastateparks.org/DahlonegaGoldMuseum
Numerous North Georgia wineries
North Georgia has emerged as a prominent leader in wine production. Taste the fruit of the vineyards along Georgia's Wine Highway. As you explore more than 15 vineyards in North Georgia, you will be amazed at the tours and wine tasting opportunities. www.georgiawine.com

Hillcrest Orchards (27 minutes)
Bite into a fresh, crisp apple at Hillcrest Orchards, one of the most popular apple orchards and farm markets in North Georgia. Pick your own apples, pet farm animals, and let the Farmhouse and Moonshine museums introduce you to the way people lived in the early 1900s.
9696 Highway 52 East
Ellijay, Georgia
706-273-3838
www.hillcrestorchards.net

BabyLand General Hospital (41 minutes)
Watch doctors and nurses assist your brand new baby-doll to emerge from the cabbage patch when you visit the home of the soft-sculpture Original Cabbage Patch Kid. The BabyLand General Hospital is housed in a charming Southern-style mansion that gives you a fantasy experience you will never forget, from the Magic Crystal Tree to the full adoption of your Cabbage Patch Kid.
300 NOK Drive
Cleveland, Georgia
706-865-2171
www.cabbagepatchkids.com

North Georgia Zoo/Wildlife Wonders (49 minutes)
Get wild and exotic at North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm, home of Wildlife Wonders, a licensed zoological facility. Wildlife Wonders is home to more than 80 different species of exotic animals: alligators, monkeys, kangaroos, wildcats, zebras, and more! Wildilfe Wonders is involved in the conservation of many rare and endangered species.
2912 Paradise Valley Road, Cleveland, 706-348-7279, www.northgeorgiazoo.com

Helen (54 minutes)
Helen is a natural beauty bringing to life a Bavarian village. Helen boasts trendy wineries and tasting rooms, shopping and art galleries. International fare is served in a lively mountain community where Old World inter sects with upscale shopping in a down-home ambience.
800-858-8027
www.helenga.org

Brasstown Bald (1 hour, 25 minutes)
A stunning 360° view from Brasstown Bald Mountain allows you to see four states – Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Georgia’s highest peak at 4,784 feet, this mountain park has great hiking trails, an interpretive center, and picnic tables great for family fun.
180 Spur
Blairsville, Georgia
706-745-6928
www.fs.fed.us




 
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