Dahlonega emerged as the site of the first major gold strike in North America, preceding the California gold rush. Between 1838 and 1861, over $6 million in gold was coined by the U.S. Branch Mint in Dahlonega. Dahlonega continues to thrive to this day, and visitors can try their luck at gold-panning while visiting.
The original citizens of Dahlonega were hard-working people who established churches, schools, newspapers, and businesses thus making Dahlonega a stable place to live and raise a family.
From the thrill of whitewater rapids to the peacefulness found in a sunset, the mountains and rivers of Lumpkin County offer beautiful scenery and outdoor excitement. Located only 71 miles northeast of Atlanta and easily accessible via Georgia 400, it has become home to many commuters anxious to escape the big city.