Dalton Georgia is a charming place. Aside from its nickname “Carpet Capital of the World” due to the local industry, Dalton is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Those who retire in Dalton not only get a great deal on carpet, but there are many good reasons to live here. First, the crime rate is rated 2.61, while Georgia is 3.79 and the U.S. is 3.9. Of all the homes for sale, half of them are below $175,000. Dalton is home to 33,000 souls and over 18% are over 65 – a pretty high rate. The weather ranges from the mid 50’s in January to the 90’s in July.
Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Dalton is rich in Civil War and Cherokee heritage. The Creek nation occupied this area long before European settlers came. The Cherokee museum of New Echota are some of the best preserved Indian sites in the area. Dalton has a charming downtown area with numerous shopping and restaurant choices. The whole year is filled with events and festivals including The Civil War Show at the convention center in February, a “Zombie Stomp Mud Run” in April (sadly, we’ve missed this event), May has Train Days and the Beer Festival. In September you can see the Tunnel Hill Reinactment or attend the Creative Arts Festival.
One thing that struck us as showing the unique character of Dalton is that they have one of the finest sports complex facilities for kids we’ve ever seen. This town loves their baseball! And their golf courses – there are two very fine courses – one designed by Gary Player himself.
Another thing that caught our eye was the Western and Atlantic Railway Tunnel – dug entirely by hand. It has an interesting museum and grounds, just 5 miles north of town.
There is always something to do in Dalton. But if nothing else, the scenery is beautiful, the people are warm and welcoming. No wonder so many people have retired here!