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Kangaroo Conservation Center, Dahlonega Georgia

This place has the largest kangaroo collection outside of Australia.  They offer group tours to see Kangaroos, Dik-diks, Springhass, and Cranes on this working farm in Dawsonville. 

222 Bailey-Waters Rd.  Dawsonville, GA 30534  Phone: 706-265-6100.  For more information, go to

Directions to Kangaroo Conservation Center from Dahlonega:

Take Hwy 9 South/52 West. The highways will split approximately 5 miles from Dahlonega.

Take Hwy 52 to the right. Continue for another 8 miles.

Turn left onto Bailey-Waters Road, and go 3.5 miles to #222 on the left.

(Approximately 20 minutes from Dahlonega).



We're looking at them

Neal, Sue, Monica, Sandy, Donna, Ed, Linda, Jean

And they are looking at us!



There are Roo's to the left


and Roo's to the right



A kangaroo in Georgia


A kangaroo in Australia.  This is a momma roo with a Joey in her pouch. Notice the legs hanging out.


The baby is born less than one inch long:


More roo's in Australia



We stayed at the

Mountaintop Lodge in Dahlonega

447 Mountain Top Lodge Road, Dahlonega, GA  (800) 526-9754

A rustic cedar lodge with nine guestrooms on two levels,

common area with wood burning stove, upstairs game/library loft,

guest  kitchen, large and small dining rooms. 

More information at

For dinner we ate at Turner's Corner Cafe
(706) 865-6150.  It is at the intersection of Highways 19 and 129,

alongside the Chestatee River in a 1928 Gas Station. 

Great trout and desserts including WBP (World's Best Pie),

HFC (Hot Fudge Cake), Berry Cobbler, and Pumpkin Cobbler (in October).



Some of the group chillin' on the back deck: Sue's back, Neal, Jean, Sandy, Ed, Donna, Linda, Monica, Steve


Ed, Sandy, and Linda with a very friendly bambi


This 1/4 mile walkabout was a lot shorter than our adventurous hike on Saturday afternoon.




Directions to Mountain Top Lodge from Atlanta:

Take Georgia 400 North until it ends at Rt. 60 and turn left.

Take Rt. 60 to the first stop signal Rtes. 52 & 9 (also called the Morrison Moore Connector) turn left you will be going west on Rt. 52.

Take Rt. 52W for 3 miles the Dahlonega Veterinary Hospital will be on the right (landmark).  Continue past the hospital for 1 mile to Siloam Church Rd.

There will be a large sign for the Mountain Top Lodge and one for the Siloam Baptist Church.

Turn right onto Siloam Church Rd.  (If you are on 52W and the road splits you have missed the turn turnaround and go back of a mile to Siloam Church Rd.

Take Siloam Church Rd. for mile, the Siloam Baptist Church will be on the  left, there is a sign for the Mountain Top Lodge on the right.  This is Old  Ellijay Rd. East turn right. 

Continue on Old Ellijay Rd. East for mile to Mountain Top Lodge Rd.  There is a third sign for us here.

Turn left onto Mountain Top Lodge Rd. and follow it for mile all the way to the top of the mountain you will be making a left turn into the parking lot.

It will take you approximately 10 minutes to get to the lodge from the intersection of Rtes. 60 & 52.

Please note:  If you generally use Mapquest for directions, they are incorrect when trying to reach us.  If you have any questions about our directions we will gladly assist you.

There is a phone on the front porch and one on the front desk of the lodge, just give us a call and we will be happy to check you in.

Every effort has been made to make your stay memorable:

13 guestrooms with private baths - some with gas log fireplaces and whirlpool tubs  Generous country gourmet breakfast served on original Fiesta Ware Spacious cathedral-ceilinged great room with Vermont Castings wood-burning stove

Complimentary sherry and homemade chocolate chip cookies

Regulation horseshoe pit

Game loft stocked with board games, cards and puzzles

Guest kitchen equipped with refrigerator, microwave, toaster oven and coffeemaker.

NINE bedrooms

Rustic cedar lodge with Mansard style roof.  Nine guestrooms on two levels, common area with wood burning stove, upstairs game/library loft., guest  kitchen, TV room, large and small dining rooms.

Room #1 - First floor Queen Suite with sunroom, private bath, antique desk & armoire and private deck that faces into the woods.  $100/night

Room 2 -First floor Queen Room with antique ladies dresser, armoire, private bath and private entrance to front porch. $90/night

Room # 3 - First floor Queen Room with twin bed, antique dresser, handmade rose patterned quilt, and private bath. $90/night

Room #4 - First floor Queen Room with antique washstand, table, private bath and private entrance to main deck.  Sliding glass door offers a scenic view of the woods surrounding the Lodge. $90/night

Room #5 - Second floor Deluxe Queen with sitting area, private bath and private deck that overlooks the front lawn and faces the mountains.  $95/night

Room #6 - Second floor Cozy room with Jenny Lind double-sized bed, pull-down desk, and full private bath.   $80/night

Room #7 - Second floor Queen Room decorated in an Americana motif, antique desk, dresser & table, full private bath.   $90/night

Room 8   Second floor Queen Suite with sunroom, antique washbasin, private bath and private deck that faces into the woods.   $100/night

Room #14 (9?) - Second floor Extra large King Room with Twin Daybed that is perfect for reading!  Cedar cathedral ceiling, full bath.   $100/night

Also fun


Haunted Gold Mine Consolidated Gold Mines

Hear the legends of lost miners as you head underground into dark fog filled tunnels! Embark on the tour at your own risk - The past may come back to haunt you!  NEW THIS YEAR >> Haunted Tours will venture into sections of the mine not  open during regular hours! Enter if you dare...


Special "FAMILY HOUR" 7:00 - 8:00 each night. $8 ADULTS / $5 Kids (14 & Under) *Warm Clothes And Tennis Shoes Are RECOMMENDED*

 The 3rd Annual Haunted Gold Mine at Consolidated Gold Mines, Inc., will be held 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 14-14, Oct. 21-22, and Oct. 28-29.

Call 864-8473 or visit for more information. The gold mine is located on Highway 19 North, one mile from the Public Square in Dahlonega. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for kids age 12 and under. 


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