Dawsonville is celebrated for its long tradition of involvement in the American Auto Racing industry. In fact many racers learned their craft as a consequence of moonshine activity in the area. Dawsonville celebrates this every October with its annual “Mountain Moonshine Festival”. It is also home to NASCAR driver Bill Elliott, who won the Winston Cup championship in 1988 and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015.
Discover Dawsonville & Georgia’s Racing History
Atlanta Motorsports Park is located just a short drive outside of Metro Atlanta, in the beautiful wooded hills of Dawsonville, Georgia. Known for its long tradition in the American Auto Racing industry, Dawsonville is home to NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, who won the Winston Cup championship in 1988 and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015. The famed driver’s son, Chase Elliott, has also grown into a racing icon himself and has been named NASCAR’s most popular driver for two consecutive years in the Xfinity Series.
What to do:
Visit Atlanta Motorsports Park and spend the day viewing attractions around Dawsonville. There are many different outdoor activities, landmarks, and excursions for your leisure time before or after your race. Here are some of our favorite activities in and around the area.
Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Museum: Learn more about the history of motorsports by taking a trip to this one-of-a-kind museum, which includes famous racing memorabilia and a huge collection of vintage racecars.
Dawsonville Moonshine Distillery: Learn more about Dawsonville’s history in the moonshine industry. Take a tour of the distillery to see how moonshine is made and taste their distinctive collection of premium spirits.
Bowen Center for the Arts: This non-profit organization is the heart and soul of Dawsonville’s arts community. Visit their center for beautiful art exhibits and photography shows. You can even join them for art lessons throughout the year.
Burt’s Farm: Ready to visit the pumpkin patch or ride Georgia’s most famous hay ride? Stop by Burt’s Farm for the greatest Fall extravaganza, where you can enjoy the cool weather and changing colors with the entire family.
Gibbs Gardens: From beautiful Japanese ponds to colorful waterlily ponds, Gibbs Gardens is top tourist destination in the southeast. Tour the 292-acre botanical garden for hours to see rolling hills, streams, and millions of flowers.
Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze: Ready for Fall? Uncle Shuck’s is home to Georgia’s most popular corn maze. You can even try the Haunted Corn Maze if you’re up for it.
Amicalola Falls State Park: To experience the true beauty of North Georgia, hike through Amicalola Falls State Park. With beautiful waterfalls and bubbling streams, this is the perfect place to enjoy nature. The park is just a few short miles from the start of the Appalachian Trail.
North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall: One of Georgia’s top-rated outlet malls is located right here in Dawsonville, Georgia. Go shopping at over 140 stores, featuring designer clothing brands, household products, technology, and more.
Kaya Vineyard and Winery: Located in Dahlonega, the winery produces hand-crafted complex wines that cater to the serious enthusiast, but with a sense of balance that is both easily approachable and enjoys wide appeal. Kaya’s Winery and Tasting Room are built atop a ridge that is sixteen-hundred feet above elevation and offers the most exquisite panoramic mountain view in North Georgia.
Planning a weekend getaway? Consider this mansions, moonshine and goldmine trip itinerary through Roswell, Dawsonville and Dahlonega:
While Atlanta Motorsports Park does not provide dedicated camping or overnight accommodations, AMP will allow members and guest to stay overnight for no more than 72 hours in a tent, trailer or RV for the following rates: