Information on the Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, Georgia

Information on the Moonshine Festival in Dawsonville, Georgia
Since 1967, Dawsonville, Georgia, has hosted the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival, which draws thousands of automotive enthusiasts each year. The area also offers many outdoor attractions for visitors to enjoy during their stay.


Known as the "Birthplace of Nascar," Dawsonville presents this festival every October to celebrate "trippers," who loaded up their vehicles and raced down Highway 9--nicknamed the Old Whiskey Trail--to sell moonshine in Atlanta during Prohibition.

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Visitors can take in the classic auto parade and shows, listen to stories from actual trippers, meet with NASCAR drivers or take a "Moonshine Run," a day trip along the Old Whiskey Trail that culminates in a visit to a farm with a working still.

Additional Activities

The festival also offers crafts, food, live musical entertainment, a swap meet, children's activities and a local bike tour as well as screenings of movies like Robert Mitchum's "Thunder Road."

Amicalola Falls State Park

Fourteen miles northwest of Dawsonville, the Chattahoochee National Forest encompasses this state park, which boasts the tallest waterfall east of the Mississippi River. At the park, the head of the Appalachian Trail leads survivalists on a 2,000-mile journey to Maine. Visitors can choose from numerous campsites, the on-site lodge or cottage rentals.

Lake Sydney Lanier

This lake resort area, 18 miles southeast of Dawsonville, offers opportunities for hiking, fishing and water sports, golfing, horseback riding, lakeside dining and wildlife observation. Campsites and vacation rentals are available.

Article Written By Angela Brown

Angela Brown has been a book editor since 1997. She has written for various websites, as well as National Public Radio, Pacifica Radio and more than 20 fiction anthologies. Brown earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English from the University of Wisconsin.

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