Located on the shores of Lake Sidney Lanier and at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Gainesville, Georgia is the tourism and economic center of Northeast Georgia. The city sits halfway between the Appalachian Mountains and the urban city center of Atlanta. Also known as a City of Excellence, Gainesville is home to over 35,000 people.

There is much to see and do in our little corner of the world. Whether you are looking to join us for the day or stay for a while, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. From boating to golf to the arts, there is always something going on in Gainesville.

Take a few minutes to look through our site and become more familiar with our area. Please contact us with any questions regarding area attractions or local events. We hope you enjoy being here just as much as we do!

Gainesville's Nicknames

Gainesville has earned many nicknames over the years because of its’ valuable location and because of its people. The most notable are Queen City of the Mountains and the Poultry Capital. The most recent and honorable designation came following the 1996 Olympics. An NBC broadcaster covering the Rowing/Kayaking event referred to Gainesville as the Hospitality Capital of the World.