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Gainesville (Georgia)

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Gainesville [1] is a city in Georgia's Historic High Country. The city of Gainesville is one of the larger cities in the Historic High Country along with Rome (Georgia) both with populations around 30,000. The city is located in Hall County (Georgia) in the Central High Country. The city is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is close to the shores of Lake Lanier and less than an hour's drive to downtown Atlanta. Gainesville is home to an Amtrak station.


Gainesville is where the big city merges with small farming communities. It is home to a racially diverse population with 45.21% White, 33.17% Latino, and 15.73% African American. It is a transportation hub for the surrounding communities so it's a great base. In-between Atlanta and the country side and many small tourist towns it would be easy to overlook the several reasons to stay in Gainesville.

Get in

By plane

Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport [2] has two runways and is used mainly for private and corporate charter flights.

The closet international airport is Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

By train

There is an Amtrak train station located at 116 Industrial Boulevard Gainesville, GA 30501.

By car

From Atlanta, GA Approximately 1 hr.

Take I-85 North. At exit 113 I-85 forks. The right fork, I-85, continues to Greenville, SC. Stay left and take I-985 to Gainesville.

From Greenville, SC Approximately 2 hrs.

Take I-85 South. Take exit 137 for US-129/GA-11 toward Gainesville/Jefferson.

From Helen, GA Approximately 1 hrs.

Take GA-75 South. Turn right onto US-129. Follow south in Gainesville.

From Buford, GA Approximately 1/2 hr.

Take I-985 North to Gainesville.

From Dahlonega, GA Approximately 1/2 hr.

Take GA-60 South to Gainesville.

From Dawsonville, GA Approximately 3/4 hr.

Take GA-53 South to Gainesville.

From Cumming, GA Approximately 3/4 hr.

Take GA-400/US-19 North. Turn right onto GA-369 past exit 17. Take GA-369 to Gainesville.

By bus

There is a Greyhound bus station located at 1780 Martion Luther King Jr. Blvd Gainesville, GA 30501.

Get around

A car is most convenient for getting around town.

The Red Rabbit [3] is the bus service for Gainesville. It operates three lines with over 100 different stops [4]. Fares are $1 with free transfers within the hour [5].




  • Brenau University [6]-
  • Gainesville State College [7]-













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