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Dahlonega is a small town north of Atlanta in Lumpkin county known for being the site of the first gold rush. An hour drive up Intersate 400 will send directly into the picturesque mountain town.

The town has grown much in the last decade due to the increasing size of the university which resides in the town. North Georgia College and State University, is one of the small undergraduate schools in GA, also holding the honors as the senior militray college of Georgia due to its on site and active ROTC manned by an average of 1000 students.

Most tourists visit the city to tour the many wineries and take advantage of the outdoor activities like tubing, kayaking and boating. The Smith House, located just off the Dahlonega square, is another reason GA natives make the drive. The Smith House offers southern cooking served family style, so you'll always have plenty to eat and are likely to make some new friends over lunch or dinner. Be sure to check out all the shops and restaurants located on the Dahlonega Square including the Dahlonega Gold Museum.

Dahlonega is also a gateway city to the Blu Ridge mountains where the Appalachian Trail starts. As such, you'll find lots of hikers and motorcyclists cruising through the mountains. Gold Rush Days, a tribute to the town's history, attracts over 200,000 people for the two day event every year on the third weekend in October.

Dahlonega is also one of the homes of the Army Rangers. Lovingly known as the Ranger Camp; thee camp hosts Ranger students throughout the year as they train in mountain warfare.

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