Kindle Ridge Guide to the Heart of the North Georgia Mountains

Andi
Kindle Ridge Guide to the Heart of the North Georgia Mountains

Hiking

7-minute drive. Right down the road from the cabins. 3.2 mile loop hike around a gorgeous lake. Very popular with locals and tourists.
22 locals recommend
Lake Zwerner Trail and Pulloff
1680 Morrison Moore Pkwy E
22 locals recommend
7-minute drive. Right down the road from the cabins. 3.2 mile loop hike around a gorgeous lake. Very popular with locals and tourists.
32-minute drive. One of our favorite river hikes! 5.0 miles round trip, but easy terrain. Such a cool "hidden" waterfall at the end, and see if you can spot the tree with a heart-shaped hole on the way in. Bring $5 cash to pay for parking.
82 locals recommend
Raven Cliffs Falls Trail
3000 Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy
82 locals recommend
32-minute drive. One of our favorite river hikes! 5.0 miles round trip, but easy terrain. Such a cool "hidden" waterfall at the end, and see if you can spot the tree with a heart-shaped hole on the way in. Bring $5 cash to pay for parking.
19-minute drive. Easy 2.0 mile out-and-back hike to a sweet little waterfall.
52 locals recommend
DeSoto Falls
52 locals recommend
19-minute drive. Easy 2.0 mile out-and-back hike to a sweet little waterfall.
32-minute drive. The highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Paved path for easy access, but it IS uphill. There's also a staircase next to the waterfall if you want to climb all the way up to the top (you can also drive to the top for the view). Once at the top of the falls walk over to the lodge to get a bite to eat and enjoy the mountain views.
261 locals recommend
Amicalola Falls State Park
418 Amicalola Falls State Park Rd
261 locals recommend
32-minute drive. The highest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. Paved path for easy access, but it IS uphill. There's also a staircase next to the waterfall if you want to climb all the way up to the top (you can also drive to the top for the view). Once at the top of the falls walk over to the lodge to get a bite to eat and enjoy the mountain views.
20-minute drive. GREAT view, and really worth it. We walked up from the trailhead and it took about 20 mins. We took sandwiches and had a fun picnic at the vista. Easy 2.0 mile out-and-back trail. Only 436 feet of elevation gain.
33 locals recommend
Preacher's Rock
33 locals recommend
20-minute drive. GREAT view, and really worth it. We walked up from the trailhead and it took about 20 mins. We took sandwiches and had a fun picnic at the vista. Easy 2.0 mile out-and-back trail. Only 436 feet of elevation gain.
28-minute drive. Strenuous hike, but has the best view in the area. And if you can get past the "strenuous" part, it's a really fun hike. The very first hike we took together when we first started dating! 4.5-mile out-and back trail. 1500 feet of elevation gain. It takes around 1-1.5 hrs to hike up. Once at the top there are a lot of places to pick from to take in the view. Swing by NoFo Brewery after your hike which has views of Mt. Yonah and is just down the road from it.
44 locals recommend
Mount Yonah Trailhead
Georgia 75
44 locals recommend
28-minute drive. Strenuous hike, but has the best view in the area. And if you can get past the "strenuous" part, it's a really fun hike. The very first hike we took together when we first started dating! 4.5-mile out-and back trail. 1500 feet of elevation gain. It takes around 1-1.5 hrs to hike up. Once at the top there are a lot of places to pick from to take in the view. Swing by NoFo Brewery after your hike which has views of Mt. Yonah and is just down the road from it.
45-minute drive. The very best vistas. Brasstown Bald is the highest peak in Georgia at 4,784 feet. There is a large fire tower at the top which provides 360 views. You can make this hike as challenging or easy as you want with multiple entry points up the mountain. You can even take a shuttle to the very top from the visitor center.
288 locals recommend
Brasstown Bald Visitors Center
2941 GA-180 Spur
288 locals recommend
45-minute drive. The very best vistas. Brasstown Bald is the highest peak in Georgia at 4,784 feet. There is a large fire tower at the top which provides 360 views. You can make this hike as challenging or easy as you want with multiple entry points up the mountain. You can even take a shuttle to the very top from the visitor center.
30-minute drive. Beautiful hike. 2.3 mile out-and-back easy hike. You can hear the waterfall for most of the hike which creates a therapeutic experience. Bring $5 cash to pay for parking.
48 locals recommend
Dukes Creek Falls
48 locals recommend
30-minute drive. Beautiful hike. 2.3 mile out-and-back easy hike. You can hear the waterfall for most of the hike which creates a therapeutic experience. Bring $5 cash to pay for parking.
45-minute drive. If you are visiting Helen, GA swing by and see Anna Ruby Falls. Breathtaking and a beautiful walk on a paved trail. Very popular with tourists. 1.0 mile in and out hike.
Anna Ruby Falls, Georgia 30571, USA
45-minute drive. If you are visiting Helen, GA swing by and see Anna Ruby Falls. Breathtaking and a beautiful walk on a paved trail. Very popular with tourists. 1.0 mile in and out hike.

Activities for a Rainy Day

10-minute drive. An actual underground tour of an actual retired gold mine. This is SUCH a cool experience. FYI, the mine is oddly close to Walmart.
63 locals recommend
Consolidated Gold Mine
185 Consolidated Gold Mine Rd
63 locals recommend
10-minute drive. An actual underground tour of an actual retired gold mine. This is SUCH a cool experience. FYI, the mine is oddly close to Walmart.
12-minute drive. You can spend an hour here learning about the history of Lumpkin County and the gold rush that created it. Some pretty cool things to see.
80 locals recommend
Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site
1 Public Square N
80 locals recommend
12-minute drive. You can spend an hour here learning about the history of Lumpkin County and the gold rush that created it. Some pretty cool things to see.

Favorite Wineries

5-minute drive. INCREDIBLE views, great wine, medium-level fancy. If you're here on a Sunday morning and can make a reservation for brunch, it is WORTH EVERY PENNY. But they also have a lunch cafe open from 12-3 Thursday through Saturday from 12-3. Both options require a reservation, but I truly think it's worth it.
139 locals recommend
Wolf Mountain Vineyards
180 Wolf Mountain Trail
139 locals recommend
5-minute drive. INCREDIBLE views, great wine, medium-level fancy. If you're here on a Sunday morning and can make a reservation for brunch, it is WORTH EVERY PENNY. But they also have a lunch cafe open from 12-3 Thursday through Saturday from 12-3. Both options require a reservation, but I truly think it's worth it.
18-minute drive. Fancy. Great food, great wine, gorgeous views. Feels like a Tuscan village.
108 locals recommend
Montaluce Winery and Restaurant
501 Hightower Church Rd
108 locals recommend
18-minute drive. Fancy. Great food, great wine, gorgeous views. Feels like a Tuscan village.
13-minute drive. If you go, try to sit outside- they have a gorgeous southern-type wraparound deck, viewing either a garden or a pond. Wine is pretty good. Food is served. Lots of instagram-worthy photo ops
102 locals recommend
Frogtown Cellars
700 Ridge Point Dr
102 locals recommend
13-minute drive. If you go, try to sit outside- they have a gorgeous southern-type wraparound deck, viewing either a garden or a pond. Wine is pretty good. Food is served. Lots of instagram-worthy photo ops
12-minute drive. Rustic cabin-y building, very green and lush landscaping. They often have live music on the weekends (but check their website to be sure)
80 locals recommend
Cavender Creek Vineyards
3610 Cavender Creek Rd
80 locals recommend
12-minute drive. Rustic cabin-y building, very green and lush landscaping. They often have live music on the weekends (but check their website to be sure)
14-minute drive. Enjoy sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the panorama of lush vineyards, while experiencing some of the best wines in the Southeast.
100 locals recommend
Kaya Vineyard & Winery
5400 Town Creek Rd
100 locals recommend
14-minute drive. Enjoy sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the panorama of lush vineyards, while experiencing some of the best wines in the Southeast.

Food scene

11-minute drive. Locally-owned and locally-famous. It's a coffee shop upstairs and a music venue downstairs! They regularly offer yoga classes, as well. And their coffee is reeeaaally good. This is a MUST visit.
17 locals recommend
Canopy + the Roots
53 W Main St
17 locals recommend
11-minute drive. Locally-owned and locally-famous. It's a coffee shop upstairs and a music venue downstairs! They regularly offer yoga classes, as well. And their coffee is reeeaaally good. This is a MUST visit.
11-minute drive. Sweet local shop for soups, sandwiches, desserts, and breakfast.
38 locals recommend
Picnic Cafe and Dessertery
30 Public Square
38 locals recommend
11-minute drive. Sweet local shop for soups, sandwiches, desserts, and breakfast.
11-minute drive. Yummy Italian dining.
15 locals recommend
GrapeVine's Casual Italian Dining
51 N Grove St
15 locals recommend
11-minute drive. Yummy Italian dining.
5-minute drive. Just down the road.
32 locals recommend
Etowah Meadery & The Dahlonega Brewery
3003 Morrison Moore Pkwy E
32 locals recommend
5-minute drive. Just down the road.
15-minute drive. Big Creek Distilling Co. offers a unique and authentic distilling experience, with a range of spirits including bourbon whiskey, gin, and more.
Big Creek Distilling Co.
2148 Town Creek Church Rd
15-minute drive. Big Creek Distilling Co. offers a unique and authentic distilling experience, with a range of spirits including bourbon whiskey, gin, and more.
11-minute drive. Naturally Georiga and Bourbon Steet Grille, are located in the same building. Do some wine tasting before getting dinner. Ask if you can be seated on the balcony for dinner.
61 locals recommend
Naturally Georgia
90 Public Square N
61 locals recommend
11-minute drive. Naturally Georiga and Bourbon Steet Grille, are located in the same building. Do some wine tasting before getting dinner. Ask if you can be seated on the balcony for dinner.
12-minute drive. Shenanigans is an Irish-style pub and restaurant.
80 locals recommend
Shenanigans
87 N Chestatee St
80 locals recommend
12-minute drive. Shenanigans is an Irish-style pub and restaurant.
16-minute drive. Enjoy scenic views and delicious food. Make a reservation before arriving. Breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner.
15 locals recommend
Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard
400 Blueberry Hill
15 locals recommend
16-minute drive. Enjoy scenic views and delicious food. Make a reservation before arriving. Breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner.
31-minute drive. If you are in Helen, I would stop by here for dinner. Elevated Southern cuisine served in a restored farmhouse with a full bar & porch dining.
53 locals recommend
Mully's Nacoochee Grill
7277 S Main St
53 locals recommend
31-minute drive. If you are in Helen, I would stop by here for dinner. Elevated Southern cuisine served in a restored farmhouse with a full bar & porch dining.
11-minute drive. Cocktails. Bear. Wine. Burgers. Breakfast, Lunch Dinner.
70 locals recommend
Spirits Tavern
19 E Main St
70 locals recommend
11-minute drive. Cocktails. Bear. Wine. Burgers. Breakfast, Lunch Dinner.
10-minute drive. Wood-fired pizza. Not a lot of ambience but quick and tasty.
Your Pie Pizza
10-minute drive. Wood-fired pizza. Not a lot of ambience but quick and tasty.
11-minute drive. Pizza and Hoagies. Off the town square.
36 locals recommend
Gustavo's
16 Public Square
36 locals recommend
11-minute drive. Pizza and Hoagies. Off the town square.
11-minute drive. Barbecue.
North Georgia BBQ Dahlonega
11-minute drive. Barbecue.
11-minute drive. Off the town square. Ice Cream and Fudge.
Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge, Ice Cream
11-minute drive. Off the town square. Ice Cream and Fudge.
11-minute drive. Artisan sandwiches. Breakfast and Lunch.
9 locals recommend
Corner Kitchen
270 E Main St
9 locals recommend
11-minute drive. Artisan sandwiches. Breakfast and Lunch.
11-minute drive. Japanese.
Zen Ramen & Bento
11-minute drive. Japanese.
12-minute drive. Country. Breakfast.
15 locals recommend
Foothill Grill
995 Morrison Moore Pkwy W
15 locals recommend
12-minute drive. Country. Breakfast.
25-minute drive. Brewery. Great place to visit after climbing up Mt. Yonah. Enjoy food trucks on the weekend.
NoFo Brew Co
25-minute drive. Brewery. Great place to visit after climbing up Mt. Yonah. Enjoy food trucks on the weekend.
12-minute drive. Hand-cut steaks, beef, chicken, pork, deli meats, cheeses, fish, and seafood. (not a restaurant)
Hamilton’s Meat Market
12-minute drive. Hand-cut steaks, beef, chicken, pork, deli meats, cheeses, fish, and seafood. (not a restaurant)

Relaxation

4-minute drive. Very close by, has spa and massages.
Mountain Laurel Creek Inn & Spa
202 Talmer Grizzle Road
4-minute drive. Very close by, has spa and massages.
36-minute drive. Head here for a spa day or massage, or honestly just grab a bottle of wine and sit outside for an incredible view. *This is one of our VERY favorite place in all of North Georgia
6 locals recommend
Lucille's Mountain Top Inn and Spa
964 Rabun Road
6 locals recommend
36-minute drive. Head here for a spa day or massage, or honestly just grab a bottle of wine and sit outside for an incredible view. *This is one of our VERY favorite place in all of North Georgia
16-minute drive. Full spa and much more. Make a reservation for breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner!
15 locals recommend
Dahlonega Resort and Vineyard
400 Blueberry Hill
15 locals recommend
16-minute drive. Full spa and much more. Make a reservation for breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner!

Activities for Good Weather

33-minute drive. A unique way to experience the mountains- you control your speed!
62 locals recommend
Georgia Mountain Coaster
8409 S Main St
62 locals recommend
33-minute drive. A unique way to experience the mountains- you control your speed!
29-minute drive. Any horse-focused activity you could want: trail rides, carriage rides, dinner wagon rides, and hay rides. For beginners or experienced riders.
9 locals recommend
Gold City Corral & Carriage Co
49 Forrest Hills Rd
9 locals recommend
29-minute drive. Any horse-focused activity you could want: trail rides, carriage rides, dinner wagon rides, and hay rides. For beginners or experienced riders.
33-minute drive. Tube down the Chattahoochee, and even pass through the middle of tourist town Helen.
87 locals recommend
Cool River Tubing
590 Edelweiss Strasse
87 locals recommend
33-minute drive. Tube down the Chattahoochee, and even pass through the middle of tourist town Helen.
30-minute drive. Zip Lines, Giant Swing, High Ropes Course. A great way to for adventure junkies to spend an afternoon!
52 locals recommend
Nacoochee Antiques
7091 S Main St
52 locals recommend
30-minute drive. Zip Lines, Giant Swing, High Ropes Course. A great way to for adventure junkies to spend an afternoon!
13-minute drive. Canoeing and kayaking.
39 locals recommend
Appalachian Outfitters - Canoeing and Kayaking
2084 S Chestatee
39 locals recommend
13-minute drive. Canoeing and kayaking.
17-minute drive. A great spot to meander through both exotic and local wildlife. Feeding the zebras is extra fun.
28 locals recommend
Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo
469 Old Dahlonega Hwy
28 locals recommend
17-minute drive. A great spot to meander through both exotic and local wildlife. Feeding the zebras is extra fun.
25-minute drive. 4300 acres of off-roading trails. Rent or bring your own off-roading vehicle.
26 locals recommend
Iron Mountain Park
116 Iron Mountain Parkway
26 locals recommend
25-minute drive. 4300 acres of off-roading trails. Rent or bring your own off-roading vehicle.
Scenic Drive. Just head up the main road (Hwy 19-North) from the Kindle Ridge driveway. In about 5 minutes you will be driving along the mountains you see from the cabin. This drive has a lot of areas you can pull off the side of the road to admire mountain views. Be ready for a lot of curves in the road! After driving for a few minutes you will come to Stonepile Gap, a roundabout now with a bunch of stones in the middle. Go North on Hwy 60 when you reach the circle to continue up the mountain. When you reach Woody Gap there is parking and toilets. This is also one of the trailheads for Preacher's Rock hike.
Woody Gap
Scenic Drive. Just head up the main road (Hwy 19-North) from the Kindle Ridge driveway. In about 5 minutes you will be driving along the mountains you see from the cabin. This drive has a lot of areas you can pull off the side of the road to admire mountain views. Be ready for a lot of curves in the road! After driving for a few minutes you will come to Stonepile Gap, a roundabout now with a bunch of stones in the middle. Go North on Hwy 60 when you reach the circle to continue up the mountain. When you reach Woody Gap there is parking and toilets. This is also one of the trailheads for Preacher's Rock hike.

Shopping

5-minute drive.
Dollar General
473 Morrison Moore Parkway East
5-minute drive.
Walmart Way, Dahlonega, GA 30533, USA
10-minute drive.
11-minute drive. The General Store is super fun to visit. A great place to find a gift for someone.
Dahlonega General Store
11-minute drive. The General Store is super fun to visit. A great place to find a gift for someone.
12-minute drive. Hand-cut steaks, beef, chicken, pork, deli meats, cheeses, fish, and seafood.
Hamilton’s Meat Market
12-minute drive. Hand-cut steaks, beef, chicken, pork, deli meats, cheeses, fish, and seafood.
26-minute drive. Who doesn't love an Outlet Mall? Stores like J Crew, Gap, Northface, Carters, Ugg, Coach, Columbia, Fossil, Nike, and a hundred more. They also have a food court.
151 locals recommend
North Georgia Premium Outlets
800 GA-400
151 locals recommend
26-minute drive. Who doesn't love an Outlet Mall? Stores like J Crew, Gap, Northface, Carters, Ugg, Coach, Columbia, Fossil, Nike, and a hundred more. They also have a food court.