Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Dawsonville, Georgia is a beautiful place to visit in the fall. With an abundance of outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery, there’s no shortage of things to do for a memory making adventure. Topping the list year-round is Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, which is home to the tallest cascading waterfall in Georgia! With multiple hiking trails throughout the 800+ acre park, including the 7-mile Approach Trail that takes you to the Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Atop the mountain sits a resort-style 57 room lodge with an onsite restaurant, Cascades, featuring views from every table.
Another unique place to visit is Georgia’s only backcountry lodge, the Len Foote Hike Inn. Accessible via a 5-mile moderate trail that begins at the top of Amicalola Falls. The Inn is perched in a relaxed and beautiful setting in the midst of the Chattahoochee National Forest, with an emphasis on conservation and sustainability offering a peaceful retreat for families and friends to disconnect and enjoy nature together. Peak seasons can book a year in advance.
If you’re looking for something more festive, look no further than Dawsonville’s assortment of seasonal family farms opening in September, including Burt’s Pumpkin Farm, Fausett Farms Sunflowers and Uncle Shucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch. Burt’s has been serving families for more than 50 years. The farm has many activities for families including hayrides, a country store, thousands of pumpkins and delicious homemade pies and pumpkin rolls.
A few miles from Burt’s sits Fausett Farms Sunflowers. The farm plants more than a million sunflowers covering around 10 acres. Making it easy to see why it was named one of the 10 most instagrammed spots in the State. And finally, head over to Uncle Shucks and lose yourself in the fun with a 15-acre corn maze, kiddy maze, goat walks, tire mountain, jumping pads, corn cannons and more! On weekends in October the corn comes to life with their nail-biting haunted maze.
When it’s time to take a break from outdoor adventure, Dawsonville is a premier shopping destination with local boutiques like The Purple Corn, Blue Barn, Soul Sisters Antiques and Home Decor, or the more expansive North Georgia Premium Outlets. Featuring 140+ luxury and named brand stores like Gucci, Versace, Ferragamo, Tory Burch, Pottery Barn and many more. For a more unique spin, transform your spaces with a one-of-kind piece of art from one of the South’s largest folk art galleries at Around Back at Rocky’s Place, featuring work from over 300 artists.
Want to plan a trip around one of our annual events? On the 4th weekend of October, you can witness Dawsonville’s largest annual event, the 56th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival & Car Show in Downtown Dawsonville at Main Street Park and the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame. The event features live music, race car parade, and hundreds of craft vendors and show cars. Looking to get in the holiday spirit early, Dawsonville kicks off their annual Christmas in Dawsonville event on November 18th in Downtown with a Christmas Parade, Jingle Market and Tree Lighting at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Museum.
Join us in Dawsonville, Georgia today! Request your free visitors guide at DestinationDawsonville.com or call 1-877-302-9271.