Real Estate News, Georgia

Dawsonville Offers More Than Fast Cars and Moonshine

Dawsonville Georgia
Published on January 9, 2015

Just an hour’s drive north of Atlanta can take you back to another time and place in the mountain community of Dawsonville, Georgia. A town steeped in NASCAR history and authentic moonshine. Surrounded by the natural beauty of mountains, forests, and waterways, attractions such as Lake Lanier, Chattahoochee National Forest, Dawson Forest, Amicalola Falls, the Etowah and Amicalola Rivers, and the Appalachian Trail make this northern Georgia region a great place to find rustic mountain homes. Dawsonville’s proximity to the nearby towns of Dahlonega, Blue Ridge and Big Canoe real estate connect the best of everything the Blue Ridge Mountains has to offer.

The historic town of Dawsonville – first settled as an Indian trading post in the late 1700s – offers a full calendar of annual events and festivals featuring flowers and gardening, handcrafted arts, food, music – even moonshine. Residents enjoy traditional celebrations such as Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting ceremonies. Shop antique and art galleries filled with history and Appalachian lore. Around Back at Rocky’s Place – the Southeast’s largest folk art gallery representing dozens of local and regional artists is another art mecca. If you’re exploring rustic mountain homes for the first time, no trip to Dawsonville is complete without a visit to the Historic Dawson County Courthouse and Jail. NASCAR enthusiasts won’t want to miss having a burger at the Dawsonville Pool Room, seeing Bill Elliott racing memorabilia while sipping moonshine.

Outdoorsmen and sporting types will find a myriad of hiking trails in Georgia for hikers of all experience levels. Amicalola Falls State Park is home to several scenic mountain trails, including the 8.5-mile approach trail to the start of the Appalachian Trail on Mount Springer. Biking and horseback trails abound, too, with several crisscrossing Dawson Forest running north and south along western Dawson County. Hunting, fishing, skeet shooting, canoeing, rafting, and golf are also on the sportsman’s agenda, according to season. With a generally mild climate, visitors and residents alike enjoy summer boating, fall leaf tours, and magnificent spring vistas in Dawsonville and the neighboring Big Canoe real estate development. 


The gated community spreads across seven mountains. It is not a cookie cutter development.  To us, Big Canoe is carefully preserved and feels more like living in a national park. Homes of all types are either tucked within the forest, overlook gorgeous fresh water lakes or are perched on the summits of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Amenities are extensive and affordable. They include 27 holes of mountain golf, a rustic mountain lodge clubhouse with dining, state of the art fitness center, tennis, and some of the best hiking trails in Georgia we’ve hiked. During our visit, four rustic mountain homes were approaching completion in The Bluffs at Ridgeview neighborhood. 3 out of the 4 were sold.

Big Canoe real estate offers something for everyone. From private mountain top homes for the recluse writer to lakefront or golf course homes near the clubhouse for the social butterfly. There are dozens of active social clubs keep folks busy. One of the most popular events at The Lake Sconti clubhouse is Tuesday night trivia. Over 100 people show up almost every week of the year! Big Canoe has achieved a long list of awards over the years from Best Amenity Package to Mountain Community of the Year. 

If you’re looking around the Carolinas, don’t miss this hidden gem in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. Big Canoe is one of the finest gated communities in the mountains we’ve seen surrounded by cool small mountain towns like Dawsonville. 

Call Big Canoe direct at 866.244.2266 to schedule a tour or email

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