Artistic Civic Theatre is a non-profit theatrical arts organization serving the Northwest Georgia Community. For twenty-three years, ACT has reached thousands of citizens through major musical, comedy, and drama productions, ACT2 (the children’s wing), student productions in cooperation with schools in Dalton, Whitfield, and Murray counties, touring productions of original adaptations of classic fairy tales, theatrical arts classes co-sponsored with the Creative Arts Guild, the annual Youth Theatre Camp, and the Studio Cabaret live music series. ACT’s programs are funded through individual and family memberships, as well as corporate sponsorships and donations. Consider becoming a member or corporate sponsor and help us continue to provide theatrical arts opportunities, entertainment, and educational programs to the Northwest Georgia Community.
The Bandy Heritage Center for Northwest Georgia is a community outreach program of Dalton State College. The Bandy Heritage Center celebrates the history and culture of Northwest Georgia. This mission is achieved through collaboration with partenering historical and cultural organizations throughout the area, enabling the Bandy Center to fulfill its role as the primary source for information related to the region’s historic resources.
Established in 2008 through the generosity of Mr. Jack Bandy, the Center is currently in the formative stages and is devoting its energies to public outreach programming. The Bandy Center, located on the second floor of the Derrell C. Roberts Library, includes archival and artifact collections and exhibits concentrating of the Northwest Georgia area.
The Center is working to promote an understanding of the past as a means of educating our community about the present as a way of imagining our common future.
The Museum is located Downtown Dalton, in the old Freight Depot building.
Engineered in the 1800s, Tunnel Hill was the site of one of the many skirmishes during the Civil War and one of the oldest railroad tunnels south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Clisby Austin House, cir. 1850, still stands nearby, with reenactments of the Battle of Tunnel Hill taking place each September. Recently, a major motion picture used the historic tunnel to film scenes in an upcoming movie. $6 for individual tours, and $10 for all three tours which include the Historic railroad tunnel, the Clisby Austin House, and the Old General Store.
The 93-mile Conasauga River 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 into the woodlands and experience nature.
This is a great starter river for anyone interested in kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddling or camping.
Founded in 1963, the Creative Arts Guild is the oldest community arts organization in Georgia and the only multidisciplinary facility in northwest Georgia. The purpose of the Creative Arts Guild is to build and maintain an environment supportive of the arts in northwest Georgia through education and promotion; to create new audiences for the arts; to develop intra-community relations and to support artists and provide our residents with the opportunity for creative and cultural experiences.
Visit their website for information about festivals, concert series and gallery exhibits that are open to the public.
The Creative Arts Guild hosts First Friday Exhibits during summer months. The exhibits are at the Guild’s facility at 520 West Waugh Street in Dalton. Visitors are welcome anytime during regular business hours and there is no charge to view them.
Dalton Little Theatre (DLT) held its first documented performance in 1869. The organization began as The Dalton Amateurs and continued as The Sophoclean Dramatic Club and The Dalton Players before becoming Dalton Little Theatre in 1955. The theatre has performed continuously except for breaks during WWI and WWII. The organization formally incorporated in 1958, and found its first home in 1981 when it converted the former firehouse built in 1888 into The Firehouse Theatre. The Firehouse Theatre is often referred to as The Old Dalton Firehouse and it remains the home of Dalton Little Theatre to this day.
Visit their website for current shows, dates, times, ticket information and directions.
Escape Dalton is more than an escape room. It is An experience crosses the time-space continuum, and an adventure that stimulates your senses. Escape Dalton will take you to King Solomon’s’ Temple in search of the Ark of the Covenant, and test your wits as you try to escape the clutches of a mad scientist. Will you escape? CAN you escape? You only have an hour…
Still a local favorite, Farmer’s 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.
Noon – 6 pm, 7 days a week
Closed after Labor Day
Price: $5 per person, $7 on weekends
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, miniature golf, fishing, swimming and picnicking are available. Park hours: 7 am – 10 pm
Freeman Springs Farm offers family fun for everyone: hay rides, pumpkin picking, a petting barn, a corn maze, and a Civil War tour to find the Georgia battle sites nearby. Located in four counties, the farm offers “good old fashioned fun.”
Boasting 6,144 yards, 18 holes, with a par of 71, this course was designed by Harold Parrica. It is located just outside of Dalton and near the historic home 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.
The Dalton Community Center was established in 1954 by a group of concerned citizens dedicated to the development of better health and wholesome recreation. In 1966 the Community Center became part of the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department. This additional expansion provided additional recreational services to the residents of the Eastside Community. The Community Center offers many different types of activities for all ages. Basketball, soccer, computer lab, tutoring, weight room facilities, dance classes, aerobics, meeting space and rental space for receptions and parties.
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 bent greens, rolling Bermuda fairways, strategically placed hazards, and a challenge for golfers of all skill levels.