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Dawson County, Georgia

Dawson County

Just 40 miles north of Atlanta, Dawsonville  located in Dawson County is home to the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, stunning scenery and unique attractions. For motorsports enthusiasts, you’ll want to visit the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame where you can learn about Georgia’s auto-racing giants, such as NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bill Elliott. You can fulfill your need for speed at Atlanta Motorsports Park, a multipurpose motorsports facility offering exhilarating karting.

See how the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery makes handcrafted corn whiskey using traditional recipes handed down from Appalachian moonshiners. Do you have a passion for art? View the Southeast’s largest folk art gallery at Around Back at Rocky’s Place or view three galleries of exhibits at the Bowen Center for the Arts. Looking to spend time on the water… the Etowah River, Amicalola River and Lake Lanier offer a multitude of fun activities throughout the year. Visit Outside World Outfitters for paddling lessons and guided trips.

Enjoy free guided bird walks through Dawson Forest, a birdwatcher’s paradise with Wild Birds UnlimitedAmicalola Falls State Park is home to the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River, towering 729 feet. The park’s Adventure Lodge activities include zip lining, archery, guided hikes and more. If you love to hike, Len Foote Hike Inn is a sustainably designed ecotourism inn located near the peak of Frosty Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The lodge is only accessible through hiking trails.

Trying to improve your aim? Etowah Valley Sporting Clays offers a unique clay shooting range for all experience levels. Is shopping your forte? North Georgia Premium Outlets is an outdoor Georgian-style village where you can shop more than 140 designer and name-brand outlet stores with savings of 25% – 65% off every day. With something for everyone, come create your own adventure in Dawsonville.