Gold Rush Days in the A. T. Community of Dahlonega, GA

Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Most of the people who live in Dahlonega, Georgia, today missed the first gold rush there that occurred in 1828. Many Dahlonega-ites felt left out, so they founded Gold Rush Days back in 1956.

Denizens of Dahlonega might have begun this annual festival -- held on the third full weekend of October -- to mine for a little gold from the purses and wallets of visitors who flock to the area to savor the colorful autumn leaves on the hills nearby.

Now, more than 200,000 people from all over everywhere come to enjoy one of the South's most favorite fall festivals.

Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Better yet, they're just as happy as can be to leave their gold behind in return for delicious food, arts & crafts that they cannot find anywhere else, sensational music and a chance to be among the most beautiful women and most handsome men in the coolest town around.

Gold Rushers have only two days to scoot from booth to booth and from food vendor to food vendor. No one can take it all in, especially if you sit in the shade and listen to the most glorious music this side of Nashville for an hour or two ... which you really should do.

But, if you get tired of the crowds and you hope you never eat another funnel cake or see another art and/or craft, you're just a mile or two from some of the most scenic spots in the most beautiful state in America: the North Georgia Mountains.

Vogel State Park in Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Vogel State Park in Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Head north and hike the AT on Blood Mountain or relax for a while at Vogel State Park. Amicalola Falls State Park and Springer Mountain -- site of the Appalachian Trail's southern terminus -- are close by too.

Then head back for more at Dahlonega's Gold Rush Days!

Gold Rush Days Schedule

Saturday, October 18, 2014
9 AM - 6 PM: Craft and Food Booths will be open
2 PM: King & Queen Coronation
3 PM: the Gold Rush Parade begins!

Sunday, October 19, 2014
9 AM - 6 PM: Craft and Food Booths will be open

Music is performed on the Main Stage throughout Gold Rush Days.

Other Fun Gold Rush Days Activities

  • Arm Wrestling (also known as "wrass-lin")
  • Clogging
  • Live Music
  • Hog Calling
  • Buck Dancing Competition
  • K.I.S.S. Club Performance
  • Cross Cut Saw Competition
  • Old Fashion Day Fashion Show
  • Treasure Hunt and Games for the Kids
Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Gold Rush Days in Dahlonega, Georgia ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Click Here for Gold Rush Days


Tags: Events, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Appalachian Trail Community, News, Festivals, and Robert Sutherland Travel Writer

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
Related Articles

Dahlonega, Georgia, is an Appalachian Trail Community that hosts the annual Spring on Springer to send thru-hikers on their way in style.

Gather 'round and take a look at a few Pictures from Dahlonega Trail Fest 2015, a time to celebrate the new hiking season & those who are going to rock it.

Dahlonega, GA's Trail Fest is the first celebration of the new year's crop of would-be Appalachian Trail thru-hikers marching to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.

If Scarlett O'Hara were alive, she'd dwell near Dahlonega, GA, with its iconic town square & annual Dahlonega Trail Festival honoring the Appalachian Trail.

Published Mar 29, 2016. The Hiker Hostel in Dahlonega, GA, is for sale. Is this your big chance to pursue a dream?

The famous Hiker Hostel in North Georgia is owned by Saints: Josh & Leigh. Need a ride the Appalachian Trail or a sweet bed for a night? Call Hiker Hostel.