Leisure and Recreation

Dalton rests near the Northwest Georgia Mountains, making it ideal for trails, hiking, or golfing. If you’re looking for something more leisurely, Dalton hosts a handful of parks and museums to check out as well. There’s always a scenic, peaceful escape to discover. Whether you’re planning a weekend trip, a day hike, or a family get-together – we have great options to choose from.

Nob North Golf CourseNob North Golf Course
298 Nob North Dr, Cohutta, GA 30710 (click to google map)
(706) 694-8505

Nob North offers an upscale facility at a competitive price with all of the amenities found at private clubs. An original Gary Player layout, Nob North has been recognized as one of Georgia’s top public courses. The course offers exceptional bent greens, rolling Bermuda fairways, strategically placed hazards, and a fair challenge for golfers of all skill levels.

Indian Trace Golf CourseIndian Trace Golf Course
730 Mitchell Bridge Rd Chatsworth, GA  (click to google map)
(706) 695-7353

6,144 yards, 18 holes, with a par of 71 – this course was designed by Harold Parrica. Located just outside of Dalton, this course is near the historic site of Chief Joseph Vann. The Cherokee Heritage is rich in this area, making it a unique afternoon on the green. Indian Trace includes a driving range, practice green, pro shop, snack bar, and pavilion rental.

Silver Shoe RanchSilver Shoe Ranch
URL: www.silvershoeranch.com
(770) 548-2200

Built before the Civil War, this 500-acre hunting preserve was host to the Battle of Resaca, as well as some of the original road bed for the Western & Atlantic Railroad. Pheasant season opens October 1st and Quail season opens October 15th. Both end March 31st. No instate or out of state license is required at Silver Shoe Ranch.

Snake Creek Gap MountainSnake Creek Gap Mountain
Since 2004, the Snake Creek Gap Time Trials are held in Dalton. This mountain bike event pits riders against each other, the terrain and the elements. To highlight the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Dalton pit the North against the South. This time the battle was on fat tires.

Grouping was based on the geographical location of the riders. In 2011, the North won the 1st Annual Battle of Snake Creek Gap trophy, which can be viewed at the Freight Depot in Downtown Dalton.

Farmers LakeFarmers Lake
5510 Red Clay Road, Cohutta, Georgia (click to google map)
Hours: Noon to 6:00 p.m. 7 days a week
Closed after Labor Day
Price: $5 per person, $7 on weekends

Still a local favorite, Farmers Lake is a clear, blue spring where families can get out of the heat and swim in clean, fresh water. Spring-fed, the temperature never gets higher than 60 degrees and remains one of the most refreshing spots in North Georgia. Cherokee Indians long ago believed that the water had healing powers. The owners recognize that the lake was special to the Cherokee and Cherokee visitors swim for free.

Pinhoti TrailPinhoti Trail
URL: www.georgiapinhoti.org

The Pinhoti Trail System connects major long-distance trails in Alabama to the Appalachian Trail via the Benton MacKaye Trail. Dalton acts as one of the four main hubs of entrance and acts as a perfect spot for the day hike or long wilderness excursion.

Cohutta FisheriesCohutta Fisheries
5350 Red Clay Road Northwest, Dalton, GA 30720 (click to google map)
(706) 694-8830

The UGA Cohutta Fisheries Center is a 65-acre research and extension facility operated by the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources Located in Northwest Georgia. The facility operates 36 ponds and 5 raceways with various demonstrations and lectures that will educate and entertain.

Conasuaga RiverConasauga River
The 93-mile Conasauga runs through southeast Tennessee before falling off the inclines of the northwest Georgia mountains and making its way through the peaceful Cohutta wilderness. Not only has it been an important resource for Dalton, but it also acts as an opportunity for visitors to get out into the woodlands and experience nature. This is a great starter river for anyone interested in kayaking or camping.

Raisin WoodsRaisin Woods Biking and Hiking
Brooker Rd NE, Dalton, GA 30721 (click to google map)
URL: www.nwgasorba.org

Raisin Woods is a mountain bike trail located within the city limits on Brooker Drive, just a few short minutes from the downtown area. Raisin Woods is a great place for mountain biking. Whether you are a beginner level road rider or an expert level mountain biker, the Dalton/Whitfield County area serves well as an all around cycling destination.

Freeman Spring FarmsFreeman Springs Farm
3895 Freeman Springs Road, Rocky Face, GA 30740 (click to google map)
(706) 270-2402
URL: www.freemanspringsfarm.com

Freeman Springs Farm offers family fun for everyone: hay rides, pumpkin picking, a petting barn, a corn haze, and a Civil War tour to find the Georgia battle sites nearby. Located in four counties, the farm offers “good ole fashioned fun.”

Fort Mountain State ParkFort Mountain State Park
181 Fort Mount Park Road Chatsworth, GA (click to google map)
(706) 422-1932
URL: www.gastateparks.org/net/go/

This Georgia State Park in the Chattahoochee National Forest offers beautiful trails winding through hardwood forest and blueberry thickets that hikers and mountain bikers will enjoy. During the summer, families lounge around the sandy beach surrounding a clear mountain lake. Camping, cabins, horseback riding, mountain biking, swimming and picnicking are available.

Park hours: 7:00am – 10:00pm
Directions from Dalton: Hwy. 52 east 25 miles

Rumble JungleParadise Arabians
(706) 397-9950
URL: www.paradisearabians.com

One of the world’s largest and most successful breeders of Egyptian Arabians, Paradise is a hidden treasure in the Dalton community. Though they’re primarily breeders, Paradise also offers a chance for families to get up close with some of the most majestic animals around. As their location is off the regular road, please visit their site for specific directions.

Disc GolfDisc Golf
1275 Cross Plains Trl, Dalton, GA
(706) 370-5772

Heritage High Point Park features one of the few Disc Golf courses
in Georgia. Great for families, sporting events, or company training, disc golf follows many of the basic rules of standard golf: you throw off a tee pad and the goal is to get to the hole in as few throws as possible. It’s doesn’t require prior experience and leads to a great afternoon of fun.

Dalton Falls Golf and Laser Tag
2817 Airport Road, Dalton, GA 30721
(706) 272-3574
URL: www.daltonfallsgolf.com

Dalton Falls Golf and Laser Tag provides fun for the whole family. Enjoy our 27 holes of miniature golf, outdoor laser tag, ice cream shop, Hawaiian shaved ice, coffee shop, and a variety of refreshment.