This is an easy 62-mile ride mostly on backroads and not technically challenging. We will have lunch and spend a few hours in the town of Dahlonega.
The ride passes Stonepile Gap, at the intersection of US 19 and GA 60, which is supposedly the resting place of Trahlyta of Cherokee legend. The historical marker at the Stonepile reads, “ a custom arose among the Indians and later the settlers to drop stones, one for each passerby, on her grave for good fortune.” Today there is a pile of stones some six feet high.
Historically, Dahlonega claims its fame as the center of the Georgia Gold Rush. The Georgia Gold Rush was the second significant gold rush in the United States and the first in Georgia. It started in 1828 in present-day Lumpkin County near the county seat, Dahlonega, and soon spread through the North Georgia mountains.
In present-day Dahlonega, you will find tasting rooms offering wines from regional vineyards clustered around 19th-century Public Square. There are various opportunities for lunch or snacks. The Dahlonega Gold Museum, in the 1836 courthouse, chronicles mining in the area from the discovery of gold in Georgia. The Consolidated Gold Mine includes an underground mine from around 1900, and offers a 45-minute underground tour.
Disclaimer: Lunch is on your own. There is an entrance fee for the Gold Museum and Consolidate Gold Mine tour.