Dawsonville is located approximately 40 miles north of Atlanta, along the GA 400 corridor. The city is nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains, and has abundant recreational opportunities. Part of Lake Lanier is in the southeastern part of the county and the boundary line with neighboring counties passes through the lake. The 729-foot Amicalola Falls are the highest not only in Georgia, but the highest falls east of the Mississippi River and are considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. The Amicalola, Chestatee and Etowah rivers flow through Dawson County.
The city’s community is known in auto racing circles for its long tradition of involvement in the sport. Dawsonville is the home of retired NASCAR driver Bill Elliott, who won the Winston Cup championship in 1988 and his son Chase Elliott, who won the 2020 NASCAR Cup Championship and who currently races in the NASCAR Cup Series.
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