An hour north of Atlanta, lies the city of Dawsonville in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Known for its history of racing, moonshine and gorgeous landscapes, Dawsonville has plenty to offer to the thrill-seeker or outdoor enthusiast.

Adventure lovers will want to channel their inner racer at Atlanta Motorsports Park. Voted one of the Top 10 Tracks in North America by Road and Track Magazine, the park is the ideal setting to get adrenaline pumping. Take a spin on the karting track offering more elevation change than any venue in North America.

Race fans should check out the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Museum in downtown Dawsonville. Explore the roots of motorsports racing legends and discover how running moonshine during prohibition grew into NASCAR. Don’t leave the museum without touring the Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery under the same roof. Try a sample and get a lesson in moonshine.

Whether seeking more adventure or a little relaxation, drive to Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge. There you will find ziplining, archery, fishing, camping, cabins and scenic hiking trails, one being the gateway of the Appalachian Trail. Take in what 729-feet looks like as you enjoy the view of Amicalola Falls—the tallest waterfall this side of the Mississippi. Savor the sunset by the fire-pit on the lodge patio.

Get even closer to nature at the Len Foote Hike Inn, Georgia’s only backcountry lodge accessed by hiking a five-mile trail. Experienced and beginner hikers alike will relish the route offering unique views of North Georgia. With an emphasis on conservation and sustainability, Hike Inn provides rustic charm in a beautiful setting allowing families to enjoy nature together.

Create your own adventure by contacting the Dawson County Office of Tourism Development for a free visitor guide by going to or call 877-302-9271.

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