Day 57: America’s First Gold Rush Town


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Sugarless Creek Covered Bridge, Euharlee, GA

The name Euharlee comes from a Native American word meaning, “She laughs as she runs”, referring to the sound the creek makes as it moves toward the river. Pioneers began settling around 1834 and eventually grew to into a thriving community. The original covered bridge was built in 1886.


We drove to the Edge of the World Trail, Dawsonville, GA

I have no idea where such a dramatic name came from, I couldn’t find any info on it. Basically, it’s a walk along the Amicolola river. Go left on the boardwalk to the end (0.5 mile out and back) to see the short but wide falls on the river. This area is popular with anglers, paddlers, tubers, and swimmers. This is a fee area; Each person ( age 16+) must posses a valid hunting license, fishing license, or Georgia Lands Pass to enter this property. There is no kiosk to pay onsite, must be purchased online at:

Georgia Residents – Combo Hunting/Fishing (Short Term) 1 Day = $5
Non-Residents – Fishing License 1 Day = $10


difficulty: 1

On the way to our next hike we passed the Stonepile Gap/Trahlyta’s Grave

It’s inside a roundabout directing traffic from 60 and 19. I can’t imagine how this came to be listed in the area as an attraction.


A quick stop at Chestatee Overlook

It’s pretty but our next view is about to be so much better!


We’re hiking to Preachers Rock, Blood Mountain Wilderness, Cleveland, GA

(2 miles out and back, 436’ elevation). The trail starts at Woody Gap and follows the Appalachian Trail. The first 1/2 mile is pretty easy, the second is steep and rocky. The view from the top is outstanding and we had it all to ourselves. The wind was whipping through the mountains at the gap and we were freezing most of the way but the rock outcrop at the top was sheltered and we were warm and cozy from the sun.


difficulty: 6

We ordered 2 7” pizzas from Your Pie, Dahlonega, GA

and brought them back to our hotel to eat.

We checked into Days Inn by Wyndham, Dahlonega, GA


We went to walk the Historic Downtown Dahlonega

The town was named Dahlonega for the Cherokee word “Talonega” meaning golden. Dahlonega’s downtown district is listed on the National Register. The sidewalks of this quaint are made of old brick and the shops, galleries, restaurants, and entertainment spots are in 19th-century buildings. They do an “Old Fashioned Christmas” where people dress up in period costumes and sing carols on the square. My favorite shop on the square was the Crown & Bear, Fine British Foods + Gifts. The owner, a genuine Englishwoman, was absolutely lovely and the uniquely laid out shop was filled with British treasures.


Who can resist fine chocolate?

Not us. Paul Thomas Chocolates hand makes delectable specialty chocolates and candy in house.


The Picnic Cafe and Dessertery

offers sandwiches, soups and delicious looking cakes, cookies, scones, coffee, ice cream and more. We bought a slice of pumpkin cheesecake to share. Definitely the best we’ve had.


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