Dahlonega/Lumpkin County has a rich history and natural beauty that draws visitors year round. Recently named the Dahlonega Plateau, the prolific wine industry now benefits from being the newest viticultural area in the U. S. and the first contained entirely in the state of Georgia. The number of stunning vineyards and wineries has given rise to an equally prosperous wedding industry. In addition to hiking, biking, tubing, and tasting, you can also pan for gold. Dahlonega is the site of the first U. S. gold rush and there are historic mines for touring and trying your hand at panning.