Walking Tours

Gainesville, Georgia is the perfect place for a walking tour because beautiful views of the city span across many of our parks and the downtown area. All are easily accessible by foot to and from our local hotels and restaurants. All of our walking tours are self-guided and available to you at no charge.

Beautiful historical homes, a scale model of the solar system, the resting place for local legends and historical locations are just a few of the items you will see when you decide to take a walk around Gainesville.

Some of these walking tours have downloadable PDFs, and all of them are available at the City of Gainesville Visitor Center at 300 Henry Ward Way.

Our Tours

A thumbnail of the 1936 Tornado Walking Tour.1936 Tornado Walking Tour

Step back to Gainesville in 1936 with this self-guided walking tour of "A City Laid Waste," and learn about the great tornado and the destruction of the Downtown Gainesville Square. 

1936 Tornado Walking Tour (PDF)

Alta Vista Cemetery Walking Tour

Angel statueLocated on the National Historic Register, Alta Vista Cemetery has been in continuous operation since its establishment over 150 years ago. Among the many notable gravesites are:

  • Astronauts
  • A Circus Performer
  • General James Longstreet
  • Numerous Revolutionary Veterans and Hundreds of Civil War Soldiers
  • Two Georgia Governors

Alta Vista Cemetery Walking Tour (PDF)

Historic Green Street

Big white house on Historic Green Street
Take a step back in time by embarking on a walking tour of Historic Green Street in downtown Gainesville, Georgia. This enchanting tour will let you picture what the tree lined Green Street was like in the late 1800s and early 1900s. A local guide can help you learn about the history of this street and the beautiful homes once occupied by growing families.

Imagine women, young and old, sitting on the veranda drinking lemonade and gossiping with their friends. Envision children climbing one of the tall Oak trees as they head towards town to go to school or run an errand for their parents. What do you see coming down the street? Is it a horse-drawn carriage, a bicycle, a trolley car or maybe the first automobile in town?

The Historic Green Street walking tour map is available in print and can be picked up at the Visitor Center. Group tours are also available. Please use the contact form or give us a call for more information.

History Hunt, Downtown Gainesville

The cover of the History Hunt booklet.This self-guided, outdoor walking tour consisting of 20 clues that will entertain your inner sleuth while you discover historical facts about downtown Gainesville. The hunt itself takes around two hours – and 2 miles – to complete, allowing participants ample time to stretch their legs and soak up the sites.

The History Hunt booklet is available in print and can be picked up at the Visitor Center.

History Hunt information

Solar System Walking Tour

Thumbnail of the Solar System Walking Tour map.This 1.8 mile walking tour of our solar system stretches from the downtown square to the end of Longwood Park on Lake Lanier and is a scale model walking tour (1:2,000,000,000) created by the North Georgia Astronomers for its "Millennial Project." After the 3.6 mile round trip, you will have traveled four billion miles and explored each planet and a few other celestial bodies along the way. After traveling all that way, you might be ready for a drink and a bite to eat. Consider finishing your tour at one of the great, locally-owned restaurants on the square.