Outdoor enthusiasts will feel right at home in nature-abundant Dawson County. Just 40 miles north of Atlanta, the county is home to Springer Mountain—the beginning of the Appalachian Trail (or the end depending on directional preference)—breathtaking 729-foot Amicalola Falls, Lake Lanier, the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve and the largest collection of kangaroos outside of Australia at the Kangaroo Conservation Center.
The lush, natural scene extends into many aspects of county living, making the area a hotspot for tourism. The North Georgia Premium Outlets feature 140 name-brand stores in a cheerful outdoor setting, three mountainside championship golf courses, year-round festivals and opportunities for sightseeing, horseback riding, hiking, swimming, boating, camping and fishing.
Tourism makes up a high percentage of Dawnson’s economy, therefore, professionals can find numerous opportunities in retail, accommodation, food service, construction and manufacturing industries at companies such as World Wide Manufacturing Co., Gold Creek Foods and the Department of Natural Resources. This vacation spot is a quiet break from the hustle bustle of Atlanta and is an ideal setting for raising a family or retiring in luxury. Cresswind at Lake Lanier, a new active adult retirement community featuring two- and three-bedroom condos, opened in April 2010. Plans for a three-story clubhouse on the premises is set to break ground in fall 2010.
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