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Home of the very 1st Gold Rush, Dahlonega has been a major draw in North Georgia for decades. Located on top of the largest gold deposits found east of the Mississippi River, most of the gold that could be mined economically has been removed from the earth starting in 1828 when gold was first discovered. The earth below Dahlonega contains many tunnels dug out by miners since 1829. From canoeing in the many rivers to scenic drives along tree-lined highways to hiking the Appalachian Trail, you can find all the activities you've dreamed of doing in Dahlonega and Lumpkin County. Quaint shops around the Square are filled with regional art, antiques, unique jewelry and collectibles. Take the opportunity to enjoy casual fine dining in any of Dahlonega's many famous restaurants. The culinary delights range from gourmet to good old southern homestyle.