Guest Post: Having Fun in the North Georgia Mountains

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Having Fun in the North Georgia Mountains

North Georgia is probably most known for its beautiful mountains. However, there are other things that you can do here other than lock yourself in a cabin and enjoy the peace of nature!


Helen, Georgia is a small town situated in the Appalachian Mountains, though it looks more like it should be sandwiched between the Alps. The town is actually a re-creation of an alpine village, complete with cobblestone paths. There are many shops and restaurants lining the main road through Helen. The town is also home to Alpine Amusement Park, a family fun center featuring go-carts, miniature golf, bumper boats, and swings for the little ones.

Credit: J. Stephen Conn

Chatsworth, Georgia sits at the base of Fort Mountain, where the state park allows visitors to swim, hike, or play mini golf. The city itself has a few historic landmarks that are interesting to visit. Among them is the Chief Vann House (pictured), built in 1804 by a wealthy Cherokee leader, James Vann. Tours are available, and there is a nice picnic area on the property.

Dahlonega Gold Museum
Credit: J. Stephen Conn

Dahlonega, Georgia is perhaps best known for its gold mining roots. It is the site of the first gold rush in the United States which occurred in the late 1920’s. Ever heard the old saying “There’s gold in them thar hills?!”? Well, that came from Dahlonega. Tourists to this city can still pan for the gold or tour the Gold Museum. There are also a number of wineries in the area available for touring and tasting.

Credit: Jimmy Emerson

Ellijay, Georgia is known as the Apple Capital of the state, and you will find it on the other side of Fort Mountain from Chatsworth. There is an Apple Festival held here for two weekends in October, though there are many orchards available for visiting year-round. Be sure to visit Panorama Orchards while you are here and sample the best apple cider you’ve probably ever tasted.

There are many other towns and attractions to visit in the North Georgia Mountains, but hopefully this post will provide you a few sites to see if you plan to travel to the area.

Kecia Hambrick is a native of North Georgia and the owner of, where she rambles about local events as well as being a mommy and wife.