There’s so much to do along this stretch of Georgia, and we’ve highlighted just a small portion in five cities: Alpharetta, Cumming, Dahlonega, Dawsonville and Roswell. There’s everything from spectacular hikes and mountain views to sophisticated dining and shopping along with loads of history and options for play.
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WHAT TO DO
Georgia Racing Hall of Fame
Dawsonville is called the birthplace of stock car racing. The home of famed NASCAR driver Bill Elliott (and now his successful son, Chase) has a rich history in the sport, and it’s all on display at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame from Monday through Saturday with 40 exhibits.
Where: 415 Hwy. 53 East
Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge
Georgia’s highest cascading waterfall is just northeast of Dawsonville, the 729-foot spectacular Amicalola Falls. The hike there is worth the trip alone. But there are plenty of other opportunities for adventure, from 3-D archery to zip lines to GPS scavenger hunts and even a survivalist camp. It’s all available at the lodge, where guests can dine at The Maple Restaurant or just take in the views of the North Georgia mountains.
Where: 418 Amicalola Falls Road
Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery
Dawsonville probably wouldn’t be the birthplace of stock car racing if it hadn’t become the “moonshine capital of the world.” The Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery offers hand-crafted corn whiskey using 150-year-old recipes. Take a tour of the distillery, enjoy a tasting and take some home from the gift shop.
Where: 415 Hwy. 53 East, Ste. 120
WHAT TO EAT
The Blue Bicycle
Experience flavorful French-inspired Southern cuisine in a relaxing environment at this modest bistro. The menu is built on seasonal selections and supplemented by a healthy variety of wine and regional craft beers.
Where: 30 Industrial Park Road
Dawsonville Pool Room
Come for the “Bully Burgers,” sweet tea and hand-cut fries, but stay for the vast collection of history and memorabilia covering early autoracing in Dawsonville, Bill Elliott’s NASCAR career and moonshiners.
Where: 9 Bill Elliott Street