Lake Lanier

North Georgia Tourism

Tourism is big business in Gainesville-Hall County, Georgia and has contributed greatly to the area’s economic growth. At its center is Lake Sidney Lanier, a 38,000 acre recreational lake attracts some 10 million visitors annually. It’s the most popular U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake in the nation and boasts a $5 billion annual economic impact on the area.

In addition to the lake and our numerous festivals and events, like the Mule Camp Market and Art on the Square in Downtown Gainesville, Hall County features many other top Georgia tourism destinations.

  • Lanier Islands boasts the largest wave pool in Georgia and white sandy beaches where families frolic in the summer. The Legacy Lodge on Lake Lanier Islands is a popular destination for business meetings, conferences and just plain fun.  Legacy on Lanier Golf course with rolling fairways and undulating greens — surrounded by Lake Lanier.
  • Lake Lanier Olympic Park was the site of the rowing, canoe and kayak venue for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.  The recently renovated facility attracts local, regional and international visitors who attend boating events there several times a year.
  • Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, an international raceway, brings more than 500,000 enthusiastic fans to Hall County yearly and is the site of the international Petit Le Mans race.
  • Chateau Elan Winery and Resort attracts some 500,000 guests annually and offers fine wines, international cuisine, championship golf course, luxurious spa, hotel and Irish pub.

The Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau offers more info on Georgia tourism and area attractions at Other north Georgia tourism resources include the Gainesville Communications and Tourism Office and MainStreet Gainesville, which can be contacted at (770) 531-2664 or

For other Georgia tourism resources, visit the official State travel website at For additional information on Hall County tourism, contact Robin Halstead at 770-532-6206 or email Robin.