Three Ways to Stay Cool in Dahlonega, Ga.

Photo by Jack Anthony


What: Cooling off from the heat
Where: Dahlonega, Ga.
When: As long as it’s hot
Cost: Varies, see below
It may be the last few weeks of summer vacation, but it’s still HOT outside. If you’re looking for a fun way to cool off, try taking a short jaunt to Dahlonega. Dahlonega’s location in the north Georgia Mountains means that crisp, refreshing rivers and lakes are everywhere, providing the perfect way to beat the heat.  No matter what age, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Located only 70 miles north of Atlanta, Dahlonega is the ideal place to get away for the day or for a short weekend trip to cool down. Once you’ve cooled off, you may want search for some gold as well, here’s a post we did recently on the Dahlonega Gold Tour.


Chestatee River
Canoeing on the Chestatee River


Some of the state’s most beautiful waterfalls are located in North Georgia near Dahlonega.  In Lumpkin County alone there are nearly 30 different waterfalls, which can be accessed by various hiking trails.  Exploring these falls is a great way to escape the summer sun because the paths wind through the forest and bring you close enough to feel the mist from the falls.
For the adventurous set, Dick’s Creek Falls offers a refreshing, shimmering pool of water at the bottom of the cascading falls that is great for a swim.  This spot is the most popular swimming hole in the county and is where the locals go to cool off.
Lake Lanier
Many people don’t realize that Lake Lanier can easily be accessed in Lumpkin County.  This often unknown entrance allows Atlantans to avoid the traffic of the more popular ramps in other counties and get into the water for some refreshing fun.


Tubing with Appalachian Outfitters
Tubing with Appalachian Outfitters


Water Sports
Grab a swimsuit and head to Appalachian Outfitters in Dahlonega for an inexpensive way to beat the heat.  The outfitter offers tubing trips that last 30-45 minutes and cost only $6 per person, and with a short 10-minute return hike to the “put in”, you can float it multiple times. Tubers must be at least 4 years old.

21 Comments on Three Ways to Stay Cool in Dahlonega, Ga.

  1. I follow you, on twitter, email, and so on but I guess you already know that 🙂

    I love Dahlonega. I’ve been there only once and never got the chance to explore all the cool attractions this city has to offer. If I win or not I am planning to visit them soon. I wanna take the kids to the waterfall. Reminds me of the rainforest in Puerto Rico.

  2. Our older son will be a cadet at NGCSU in Dahlonega this fall and the rest of us will be visiting a lot! Thanks for these nearby suggestions! We’d love to win the family 4 pack of tix to tube; with college expenses, our entertainment has to be near free, LOL!

  3. Thanks for the info! I was unaware of Appalachain Outfitters. I would love to take my kids tubing with nature as the background (instead of a man made pool) 🙂 That canoeing looks interesting too. Winning would be Awesome!!, but win or not, these are going on my list of things to do next year. Thanks again.

  4. I would love to experience the great outdoors and be one with the beautiful scenery. The pictures are very inviting and shows how much fun one can have. I would be forever grateful to be chosen for this experience of a lifetime!!! Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration.

  5. We are off to Helen this Sunday… and I recently drove past a Tubing place in Johns Creek? off Abbott road.. may have to check all this one out.. It’s so hot this year (every year), need so gotos to keep my 4 boys cooled off! thanks so much!

  6. Jenni H You are the winner of the tubing tickets! Congratulations. Email me your address at sue(at)

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