Dawson County Attractions
Dawson County offers a wide variety of exciting experiences for the entire family. Visitors to our historic North Georgia mountain community can find great opportunities for shopping, outdoor adventure or just enjoying some of our local events and festivals.
Below you'll find a list of the most popular attractions in Dawson County. For more information about these and other attractions, please contact the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce at (706) 265-6278.
Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge
Dawson County is home to 729-foot Amicalola Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Amicalola Falls State Park surrounds the falls, and the Amicalola Falls Lodge is located at the top of the falls. All of the 57 rooms in the lodge offer spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Recreational activities include hiking, trout fishing, and sightseeing on the 1,020 acres of natural surroundings. Accommodations include lodging, meeting rooms, cabins, campsites, and the Len Foote Hike Inn. The Maple Restaurant, located in the lodge serves a home style buffet. Special programs are offered March through December.
Phone: (706) 265-4703 for park information or (706) 265-8888 for lodging
Website: Amicalola Falls State Park
An 8 mile approach leading from Amicalola Falls State Park begins the 78 mile Georgia portion of this famous hiking trail to Maine. Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail is located 8.5 miles north of Amicalola Falls.
Phone: (706) 265-4703 (Amicalola Falls State Park)
Website: Appalachian Trail
Atlanta Motorsports Park
A motorsports country club that is fun for the whole family. AMP focuses on bringing the family unit back together by providing activities for the entire family. Activities range from cars on track, go-karts, horseback riding, pool, fire pits, indoor and outdoor play areas, tennis court, a fitness center, club house, restaurant, hiking and mountain bike trails, and rental garages.
Phone: (678) 381-8527
Website: Atlanta Motorsports Park
Bowen Center for the Arts
Located in the historic “Old Rock School” in downtown Dawsonville, The Bowen Center for the Arts offers breathtaking gallery shows, exciting theater productions, exceptional musical presentations and fun-filled social events. Community camps and classes offer wonderful training opportunities for individuals to develop skills that can be shared in the county and abroad. Visit the Bowen Center artist gallery and gift shop to find items created by local artists.
Phone: (706) 216-2787 (ARTS)
Website: Bowen Center for the Arts
Burt's Pumpkin Farm
A unique experience for all ages and a North Georgia tradition! Burt's Farm offers 40 acres of home grown pumpkins, popcorn, Indian corn, and ornamental gourds. Hayrides are offered September 1 - November 15. Located on GA 52, just south of Amicalola Falls State Park.
Phone: (706) 265-3701
Website: Burt's Pumpkin Farm
Regal Dawson 400 Cinemas 10
Enjoy a movie at our state-of-the-art cinema.
Phone: (706) 216-1622
Website: Regal Dawson 400 Cinemas 10
Dawson County Historic Courthouse & Jail
Located on the square in downtown Dawsonville, built in 1860. This is the oldest working courthouse in the state, and houses 5 offices and a courtroom. The Old Jail is located just off the Square and houses 9th District Opportunity. Visitors are welcome to come and tour the old prison cells and former living quarters of the county sheriff.
Phone: (706) 265-3744
Website: Ninth District Opportunity
Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery
Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery is a legal moonshine distillery, located in the heart of “The Moonshine Capital of the World” – Dawsonville, GA. Spirits are made from traditional recipes that have been passed down through the family for over 150 years. Free tours of the distillery and free samples of moonshine are available.
Phone: (706) 344-1210
Website: Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery
Dawsonville Pool Room
Made famous by owner Gordon Pirkle, the Pool Room offers a family atmosphere containing an rare and unique collection of history and memorabilia on Bill Elliott's NASCAR career and early moonshine runners. The menu includes the famous made from scratch Bully Burgers and fresh-cut fries.
Phone: (706) 265-2792
Discover Dawson Driving Tours
From Dawsonville, access to the beautiful North Georgia countryside is simply a matter of picking a point on the compass and pointing your automobile in the right direction. The southern Appalachian Mountains loom over the foothills to the south and west with incredible views of nearby peaks including Springer Mountain, Burnt Mountain and Disharoon Mountain. On a clear day, the skyline of Atlanta, more than 40 miles distant, can be seen from several vantages. Choose from 5 scenic routes through the beautiful countryside of Dawson County and surrounding communities.
Phone: (706) 265-6278
Website: Dawson County Driving Tours
Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Museum
Learn about the history of stock car racing and prominent members of Georgia's racing heritage. Vintage race cars are on display outside and in, including the first NASCAR race car driven by Bill Elliott, moonshine cars, a car driven by the late Casey Elliott, the car owned by Raymond Parks and driven by Lloyd Seay, and the Gober Sosebee '39 Ford, which won Daytona no fewer than three times. "Saturday Night Drive-In Theatre” is a themed exhibit where you can sit in old cars to watch a movie.
Phone: (706) 265-3256
Website: Georgia Racing Hall of Fame
At 39,000 acres, Lake Lanier is the largest lake in Georgia and offers exciting outdoor activities including beach and park access, camping, fishing, boating, swimming, and other water sports.
Phone: (404) 945-9531 (US Army Corps of Engineers)
Website: Lake Lanier
Len Foote Hike Inn
An easy-to-moderate hike of 5 miles (2-4 hours) will take you past small streams and spectacular vistas in the state park and national forest. On a typical visit, hikers will arrive and choose their private room with shared porch. Dinner is served family style, followed by an evening of camaraderie and optional programs. After a hot breakfast, explore the wilderness around the lodge. The Appalachian Trail begins only a mile away at Springer Mountain. Advance reservations are required.
Phone: (800) 581-8032
Website: Len Foote Hike Inn
North Georgia Premium Outlets
140 name-brand outlet stores in an attractive outdoor village setting. Stores include Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Liz Claiborne, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Restoration Hardware, Williams-Sonoma Outlet and more.
Phone: (706) 216-3609
Website: North Georgia Premium Outlets
Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze
Uncle Shuck's offers a unique twist to the time-honored fall trip to the pumpkin patch. The Corn Maze is a fun family activity for the young and old!