THE FANTASTIC ETOWAH RIVER TUNNEL AND 160+/- ACRES!! The only gold mining Tunnel of its kind in the entire United States with a river flowing through it - and with a wide and long swath of the Etowah River flowing through the property as well. Begun in the late 1800’s and completed in the early 1900’s, the Tunnel was blasted perpendicular through a tall ridgeline of nearly a quarter-mile of solid Georgia granite and the entire river was subsequently diverted through. Some nine feet in diameter, the Tunnel short-crossed and channeled a mile of previous looping river course through and the newly exposed river bottom was mined down to the bedrock for the precious yellow gold it contained. A decade later the Etowah is free again to flow around its original course but a portion still gushes strong through the Tunnel on this property.
And the Tunnel is but one of many exceptional scenic amenities of this property. An expansive length of the Etowah River winds through the property from shoal-noisy to strong and swirling and acres of flat grassy and alternately shaded fields run along and just above the entire length of the waterway to make this a very family-friendly waterfront property. Collected along the riverbanks are towering cliffs of granite and exposed boulders; mountain laurel, rhododendron, and dog hobble line the water's edge and put on showy blooms in the Spring.
The River is not the only flowing water through this property - Clear Creek and Buck Creek also flow through, and little springs form little branches that slide down stony facades. There are three spring-fed ponds on the property plus a small impoundment, the main pond is some 40' deep in the middle.
From the north side of the property you come into a gentle grassy park setting - channeled with a moat to make it an actual island - overlooking the River with an elegant cedar-and-oak planked park model RV and an 80’ engineered waterfall tumbling off the adjacent plateau. Clear Creek runs along one edge of the island and Little Falls splashes down into the river. Open grassy carpets of gentle terrain welcome in rays of sunshine and pretty timber covers the property with protection and shade. Scenic vistas and meadows along the upper plateau provide an open feel and the main line of the Blue Ridge Mountains can be seen in the distance.
Kayakers, canoers, and floaters can put in the River upstream at Castleberry Bridge and trip down through the rapids and gentle flows, the intrepid even "Shoot the Tunnel." Or you can take the longer scenic route around.
The property is protected by heavy wrought-iron gates on both entry roadways at opposite ends of the property. A system of groomed roadways traverses the land providing easy access to all points of the property, even fording the river (yes, through the river!) at two locations to give access to the northern portion of the acreage and to the Etowah Tunnel. There's a shop building with an apartment up by the main pond. Some 5000' of gravity fed irrigation and watering system is piped through, originating at the "Buck Creek impoundment" on the property. An additional 1900' of drinking water is piped across from cold springs originating on the property.
The location of this tract in Dahlonega's Gold Belt gives a unique and significant historical background unique in the United States. Millions of dollars’ worth of gold was extracted from this area of Georgia's gold deposits; this property is located along the widest swath of those deposits. A sharp eye can still see some evidence of the old gold miners from the 1800's here.
The tract is totally private and secluded; gated and protected with two access roadways yet very convenient to Hwy 400 and only 10 minutes or so from major shopping, cinemas, dining, and the North Georgia Premium Outlets. Historic Dahlonega and the Chattahoochee National Forest are a few minutes up the road, Dawsonville is close just south and Atlanta is 40 minutes away yet a world removed.
This tract would serve well for many uses - the location is excellent for a permanent residence, centralized but private. Or as a private mountain retreat with all the appeal and amenities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The tract has potential for some of the more commercialized mountain venues - weddings or retreats, maybe something featuring the Tunnel. Or perhaps for a unique residential development. Or simply for investment, enjoyment, and personal adventure.
This has been a one-owner tract for the last three decades; something unique and many things special about this property makes it desirable as a lifetime acquisition. $11,499/ACRE - this for a beautiful river property with strong appeal and amenities unduplicatable. Contact Vic Dover at 706-265-5855 for specifics and to view.