Dawsonville, Ga.: Pumpkin Patches, Haunting Tales, Family Farms In The North Georgia Mountains

  • Thursday, September 14, 2023
  • Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development
Burt’s Farm features hayrides, along with thousands of homegrown pumpkins, popcorn, Indian corn, and ornamental gourds
Burt’s Farm features hayrides, along with thousands of homegrown pumpkins, popcorn, Indian corn, and ornamental gourds
photo by Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and Office of Tourism Development

No need to wait for autumn leaf season to enjoy the cool nights and temperate days in Dawsonville and Dawson County, in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains about an hour northwest of Atlanta and two hours south of Chattanooga.

Now’s the time to cut golden-hued flower bouquets, select orange and yellow pumpkins and make memories on welcoming family farms. This less-traveled area is full of outdoor activities, mountain forests and waterfalls, motorsports and moonshine and welcoming local folks. It’s a getaway destination that satisfies serious shoppers, family adventurers and everyone in between.

Here are just a few ways to get a jump on the season, plus some prime outdoor events and activities from September through November (See calendar listings below).

Revel in fields of sunflowers at Fausett Farms from mid-September through October. A family-owned farm since 1858, for 60 years the primary product was poultry which ended in 2011. Now the farm offers nearly a million sunflowers for picking, photography and tours on 30+ acres of beautiful rolling land with mountain backdrops. (11336 Hwy 136 West, Dawsonville, Georgia; 706-265-9661)

Take a two-mile hayride through a pumpkin patch, through a covered bridge filled with singing pumpkins and thousands of colorful zinnias ready for picking. At the end of the ride, get a glimpse of Amicalola Falls, is the tallest cascading waterfall in Georgia and the third tallest east of the Mississippi River. The Burt's Farm hay ride has become such a popular fall tradition that a fleet of tractors and covered wagons is at the ready. Take home edible memories from the country store - an impressive selection of winter squash, gourds and Indian corn, fresh-baked pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls, candied popcorn and other fresh baked goodies. (5 Burts Pumpkin Farm Rd, 11336 Hwy 136 West, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534 706-265-3701)

Uncle Shuck's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch offers a unique twist to the time-honored fall pumpkin patch trip. Each year a 15-acre, elaborate Corn Maze is a different design. With choose-your-own pumpkins, jumping pillow, tire mountain, kids maze, and gem mining, there’s an activity for every age and interest. On Friday and Saturday nights in October, brave the scary-good horror of The Dark Rows, a unique haunted trail through some of the most twisted trails of a separate corn field, illuminated only by the moon. Just be warned, you will not be alone! The misty October night air always seems to bring out the worst in this little patch of corn. Come see what fiendish family fun can be found lurking among the rows. (125 Bannister Road, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534; 1-888-OSHUCKS)

Visit Bradley’s Pumpkin Patch beginning Saturday, Sept. 30 for choose-your-own pumpkins and fresh produce including gourds, Indian corn and apples. You can find honey, apple cider and more at their country store. Family visits are free; group rates are available for educational field trips. (25 Lawrence Drive, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534; 770-380-3636)

Specialty Floriculturalists

Abbott Creek Nursery, Inc. is a wholesale grower serving the commercial landscape industry in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Specializing in floral color, it’s open seasonally in the spring and fall to retail customers. Buying direct from the grower ensures fresh and top-quality plants and flowers. Choose from flats of in-season perennials and annuals and an assortment of other sizes. since 1996. In the fall, visit from October through mid-November. Chek the website for days and hours. In the spring, they are open the second week in April through the first week in June. (884 Thompson Road, Dawsonville, Georgia 30534; 706-265-1607)

Through November, something is always blooming or ready to plant at Jungle Paradise, including thousands of daylilies and daffodils that will come up in the spring. Depending on the season, take a tour and choose azaleas, wildflowers, camellias, perennials, tropical and rare flowers to purchase for a garden retreat. This floral oasis includes a stream along the path through the garden, a picnic area for families or groups and a playground. 929 Mill Creek Drive,

Dawsonville, GA 30534; (706) 265-3943

Plan Your Visit:

Saturdays through October 21, 2023

Amicalola Farmers Market

Dawsonville City Hall

86 Allen Street

Dawsonville, GA 30534

(706) 265-2442

Through November 18, held every Saturday from 8 a.m. until sold out or 1 p.m. at the City of Dawsonville Farmers Market Pavilion located on Allen Street. The majority of produce is grown in Dawson County or a neighboring county. Leashed pets welcome. The Market was launched by the Amicalola Regional Agriculture Committee, a program of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce.

October 7, 2023

7:30 -10 a.m.

Fausett Farms Sunflower 5K and Fun Run

11336 Hwy 136 West

Dawsonville, Georgia 30534



This is a family friendly event in the foothills of Dawson County at Fausett Farms Sunflower Fields. Open to walkers and runners, the day includes a 5K option, running through the fields around thousands of sunflowers. A one-mile fun run option for kids goes through and around the sunflowers. After the run, take a walk and explore the thousands of sunflowers to get the perfect family picture or selfie. All registered participants will receive an event T-shirt and finisher gift upon completion. Register today through UltraSignUp.

October 20-21

7 p.m.

Haunted Ghost Walk

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

415 Hwy 53 East

Dawsonville, Georgia 30534

(706) 216-7223


Hop on a hayride tour of the Dawsonville City Cemetery, Town Jail, Old Courthouse, and the Dawsonville Pool Room with creepy stories at each stop. Start and end at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame, with a ghost story told inside the Museum. Four 30-minute hayrides each night; last tour begins at 8:30 p.m.

October 27-29

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

56th Annual Mountain Moonshine Festival and Car Show

Georgia Racing Hall of Fame and Dawsonville City Hall's Main Street Park

415 Highway 53 East

Dawsonville, Georgia 30534

Kare for Kids-706-216-5273


One of the longest running festivals in the U.S., the Mountain Moonshine Festival celebrates the history of Prohibition-era moonshining, the birthplace of stock car racing and the formation of NASCAR racing. The three-day event includes a Moonshine Run, kids’ activities, a parade including vintage stock cars and more, live music, food trucks, arts, crafts and vendor booths. One of the highlights is a huge car show, featuring show cars, race cars and the largest gathering of moonshine hauling cars in the United States. The Festival is KARE's largest fundraiser; all proceeds go toward the purchase of clothes, school supplies, medical needs and Christmas gifts for children in need in Dawson County. Visit the Website for each day’s full schedule, and the Facebook page for additional details: https://www.facebook.com/MountainMoonshineFestivalDawsonville

Nov. 18, 2023

2-8 p.m.

Christmas in Dawsonville

Dawsonville City Hall and Georgia Racing Hall of Fame

415 Hwy 53 East

Dawsonville, Georgia 30534



Race over to Dawsonville, Georgia, the birthplace of stockcar racing, to slow things down for the holidays. Located just an hour north of Atlanta, Dawsonville kicks off the season with the 11th Annual Christmas Parade, Jingle Market and Tree Lighting in Downtown Dawsonville on Saturday, November 18. Find a perfect streetside spot to experience a true small-town parade as Santa makes his way through the town at 4 p.m. sharp. Sip warm cocoa at the Jingle Market and find perfect Christmas gifts (2-8 p.m.). As the sun begins to set, gather with family and friends around the Christmas Tree and join in the countdown. Enjoy food trucks and live performances (4-8 p.m.), photos with Santa and more. The parade begins Downtown at the Dawsonville cemetery and runs through the historic downtown area and finishes around the Dawsonville City Hall. All other festivities take place at Dawsonville City Hall and the Farmers Market Pavilion For more information, visit destinationdawsonville.com or call the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce at 706-265-6278.

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