Below is a guest blog post by our own media guy – Dennis Lynn. He is a co-host for Taking Care of Business radio show and he probably knows every road up here in the mountains and he and his wife Terri are always doing road trips.
So it you can make it to Gainesville GA – this blog post really points you in the right directions of points in our beautiful mountains.
5 Mountain Roads Leading out of Gainesville
Gainesville is located in Hall County just off I-985 and is not only conveniently located and the spoke of the wheel for the north Georgia mountains – but there is also a little lake that borders the city. You may have heard of it. Lake Lanier. Lots to do in Gainesville – great food, awesome events year-round, entertainment, cabins, and of course – golf! Gainesville is also a business hub for northeast Georgia.
So starting here in Gainesville there are some fabulous routes out of the city that lead to different parts of the north Georgia Mountains.
There are some excellent links in this blog post – make sure to visit them all – great information! Most of these are external links – you leave our site but they open in a new tab on your browser. Well worth checking them out.
Here we go:
Hwy 369 South. Taking this short route will take you towards Cumming, over in Forsyth County. Hwy 369 crosses Lake Lanier 3 times and takes you to Georgia 400 just north of Cumming. This route would be great if you were hanging out around the Lake or you could take a right on GA 400 and head north towards Dahlonega. Very short excursion. See this route on Google Maps
Hwy 53 North. Great road. Here we head towards GA 400 – once again – but we cross a good ways north of where Hwy 369 crosses. Continuing on Hwy 53 takes you right into the middle of Dawsonville. We all know Dawsonville as the home of NASCAR Hall of Fame superstar Bill Elliott (and now his son, Chase Elliott). From here you can head over to Amicalola Falls State Park or take Hwy 9 North up to Dahlonega. See this route on Google Maps
Hwy 60 West. Out of Gainesville, crossing Lake Lanier, thru the town of Murrayville, crossing GA 400, this is the most direct shot to the famous little town of Dahlonega. We have to include this as one of our favorite Saturday road trips. You can spend some time in Gainesville and then head over to Dahlonega. Great trip. See this route on Google Maps
Hwy 129 North. Here we go – up into the mountains! Hwy 129 is a little longer route, both in mileage and in time. Leaving Gainesville you cross over the lake, travel thru Clermont, and into the great little town of Cleveland. There may be a little construction as you come into the town these days – they are building a much needed bypass – but don’t let that discourage you – this is a GREAT mountain road! Once you go around the square – one of our favorite town squares – you continue north to Turners Corner and on over Blood Mountain. Be very careful – hikers, bikes, and motorcycles frequent this area – drive carefully. Once you are over the mountain you see Sunrise Grocery on your left, pass Jim’s Smokin’ Que on the right, and head into the mountain town of Blairsville! Lots to do up in Union County – it’s the heart of the Georgia mountains. If you enjoy horseback riding you have to check out A Step Above Stables. A right on Hwy 515 takes you east towards Young Harris, Hiawassee, and Clayton. A left takes you west towards the town of Blue Ridge. This IS the north Georgia mountains! See this route on Google Maps
Hwy 365 North. Our final road is the most traveled road. I-985 turns into Hwy 365 north of Gainesville and takes you directly into Clayton, Mountain City, and Dillard. Before you get that far north there are jumping off points to Toccoa, Helen, and other neat little towns in the mountains. This is the road you would take if you were headed to Highlands NC, Cherokee NC, or Gatlinburg TN. This is a great dropping off point for Helen – just take Hwy 105 north and it’s a nice drive up to Helen. Up the road on Hwy 365 you don’t want to miss Tallulah Gorge.
So…here are the 5 awesome roads out of Gainesville that will take you to the beautiful north Georgia mountains. I plan to write a detailed blog post about each of these roads very soon.
In the meantime – tell us what YOUR favorite road trip is – here in the gorgeous Northeast Georgia Mountains.