Perfect day trip in the Atlanta area, about 2 hours north of the city and in the mountains. This adorable little town has a beautiful square in the center of town with lots to entertain all year long. Gold was discovered here in 1828 but the gold strikes on the west coast were much larger and more publicized. Gold mining still happens here though at various points along the river.
While the square is a big attraction, the tubing on the river is lots of fun in the summer along with camping. I have visited a number of times over the years and part of the joy for me is the winding drive through the mountains and all the other small towns as well that are nearby.
On the day we just went to visit there were lots of tourists and several classes of school children in town. The people on motorcycles love the drive with the winding roads to get here as well. On an average Tuesday in October, there were a lot of people around. The city hall in the center of the square has a commanding presence as well as a museum in it. Surrounding on the square are lots of small shops , the required fudge shop and a nice variety of places to eat and drink.
Definitely consider this a destination if you are spending a couple of days in Atlanta. This is a nice visit any time of the year.