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Discover a Gateway to the Appalachian Mountains

Dawsonville is located just a short drive outside of Metro Atlanta, hidden in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. No matter the time of year, there are captivating sights to see and adventures to have! Home to NASCAR drivers Bill Elliott, and his son Chase Elliott, our long tradition of involvement in the American Auto Racing industry is just the tip of the iceberg of what North Georgia has to offer.

Zip across the Amicalola State Park or try a world class rafting adventure down the Nantahala River.  Experience spelunking a old gold mine from the 1800s and try your hand at panning for gold. With scenic roads to every destination, discover new sites as you embark on your journey. With numerous local vineyards and new cuisines to unearth, let North Georgia whisk you away with southern hospitality.  Take in the fresh mountain air and delve into the luxurious views or heart racing adventures found scattered about the Appalachian Mountains.

Wineries & Vineyards

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Wolf Mountain

With stunning views of the North Georgia mountains, Wolf Mountain offers an excellent food selection and award-winning wine menu. Taste great wines made right here in Georgia.

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Montaluce Winery 

One of the most famous wineries in Georgia, Montaluce offers fine wines from some of the southeast’s most celebrated winemakers. Schedule your wine tasting and relax on the beautiful Tuscan architecture.

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There are more than a dozen wineries within a 1-hour drive of Dawsonville. Nearly all of them offer an exceptional selection of wine tastings and vineyard tours. All of the local wineries offer unique locations and view, as well as a chance to find the wine varieties you like best.

The Great Outdoors

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Amicalola Falls State Park

Experience the true beauty of North Georgia, with a hike through Amicalola Falls State Park. With beautiful waterfalls and bubbling streams, this is the perfect place to enjoy nature. The park is just a few short miles from the start of the Appalachian Trail.

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Iron Mountain Park & Resort

Nestled in the Great Smokie Mountains, Iron Mountain Park offers 4,300 privately owned acres. From trail riding to vehicle rentals to beautiful campgrounds, they provides the perfect blend of  motorsports and nature to create an unforgettable experience.

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Chestatee Golf Club

Take a break from your busy schedule and play a round of golf with family or friends. The beautifully-manicured course has stunning views of the North Georgia landscape and top-notch facilities.

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Gibbs Gardens

From beautiful japanese ponds to colorful water lily ponds, Gibbs Gardens is top tourist destination in the southeast. Tour the 292-acre botanical garden for hours to see rolling hills, streams, and millions of flowers.

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Etowah Valley Sporting Clays

For serious sport shooting enthusiasts and beginners, find fun here shooting clay, skeet, trap and five stand. If you want to learn or need tips, skilled veterans teach several courses. Settled in the Appalachian mountain range foothills, come out and give it a shot!

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Screaming Eagle Adventures

Experienced guides will lead you through family friendly challenge courses, zipline canopy tours, experiential treetop nature trek, all the while enjoying a birds-eye view of the North Georgia Mountains!

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Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze

Ready for Fall? Uncle Shuck’s is home to Georgia’s most popular corn maze. You can even try the Haunted Corn Maze if you’re up for it.

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Burt’s Farm

Come experience the fall season at Burt’s Farm in the secluded North Georgia mountains! Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage join with a sea of orange created by thousands of Burt’s pumpkins. Join thousands of families every year for a new Autumn tradition!

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Lake Lanier

Dawsonville is part of the vibrant Lake Lanier community, so it’s easy to go fishing, sailing, boating, rafting, waterskiing or more. From boat rentals to public dock areas, Lake Lanier has it all so that you can enjoy a relaxing day on the lake.

Shopping

There are variety of shopping centers in the immediate vicinity of Atlanta Motorsports Park. The North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall, is one of Georgia’s top-rated outlet malls, offering over 140 stores. If you are interested in a more vintage style, Dawsonville is also home to Dawsonville Antiques. They offer over 3,000 square feet of vintage furniture and collectibles, all it takes is a stroll through this enormous shop to find undiscovered treasures. Take a piece of history with you or save big on your next purchase with Dawsonville’s vibrant antiques market.

Visit Atlanta Motorsports Park and spend the weekend viewing attractions around Dawsonville. There are many different outdoor activities, landmarks, and excursions for your leisure time before or after your race. We hope you fall in love with Dawsonville like we have!

Accommodations

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Racers’ Retreat Bed and Breakfast

Situated in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, the Racers’ Retreat Bed and Breakfast is minutes aways from the world famous Appalachian Trail in Amicalola Falls State Park, home to the tallest waterfall in Georgia.

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The Lodge at Amicalola Falls State Park

A nature lover’s wonderland, located 8 miles from the Appalachian Trail within the Chattahoochee National Forest. Amicalola Falls Lodge rooms provide breathtaking views, as well as a place to play, discover and explore.

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Experience Atlanta’s hottest new resort enclave, with modern southern hospitality infused throughout a luxurious walkable community of shopping, dining, lodging, working, and entertaining, all in the heart of Alpharetta, Georgia.

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Forest Hills Mountain Resort

Near Amicalola Falls, a little slice of heaven is waiting for you on your next vacation. Originally known for romantic honeymoon cabins, we have quickly become a popular destination for families and group retreats.

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The Dahlonega Square Hotel

Invision a small boutique hotel with a Victorian lobby to compliment this house turned hotel from the 1880s. Located outside Dahlonega, Georgia this family owned and operated business brings a whimsical astatic to historic buildings.

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A world apart from the noise and sprawl, rock on the porch and bask in the mountain views. Sip on a glass of Georgia wine or wander through a network of wooded trails. Indulge in a massage or facial and invite the opportunity to simply be still.

History & Museums

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The Dawsonville Pool Room

For a taste of Dawsonville’s racing history, stop by one of the area’s top-rated restaurants for a delicious burger and fries. The restaurant is home to the largest collection of memorabilia based on Bill Elliott’s NASCAR career.

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Dawson County Historic Jail & Courthouse 

Built in 1881, this old-time jailhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a self-guided tour through old prison cells and learn more about the history of Georgia’s criminal justice system.

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Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Museum 

In the beautiful city of Dawsonville, City Hall offers a descriptive and easy self-guided tour showcasing local history from antique cars to NASCAR legends. Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery is right next door, so stop by for a tour and a taste their spirits!