An abundance of land along with the area?s close proximity to the Atlanta metropolitan area has caused a recent explosion in residential development in and around Dawsonville, where the memory of fast cars, moonshine runners, and whirlwind races between whiskey trippers and revenuers is less than a generation old. Dawsonville residents celebrate their rich heritage through many annual events, such as the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, Open Stock Dog Championships and the Antique and Appraisal Fair. The historic courthouse and jail are still located in downtown Dawsonville and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In addition to the Kangaroo Conservation Center, Amicalola Falls State Park, the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall and the Dawsonville Pool Room, there are several exciting attractions in the Dawsonville area. Thunder Road USA, Georgia Racing Hall of Fame is the official motor sports hall of fame in Georgia. Burt?s Pumpkin Farm is a favorite for fall decorations and hayrides. Lake Sydney Lanier is a 38,000-acre lake run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers open for fishing, boating and recreation. Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, is located 8.5 miles north of Amicalola Falls.
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