Monthly Archives: July 2018

Squeeze the Last Bit of Fun out of Summer!

Summer is drawing to a close and school starts back soon, but it’s not too late to squeeze in some family fun in Blairsville-Union County! From parks, lakes, and trails to fantastic food and excellent shopping, we’ve got something for every member of the family to enjoy.

Blairsville is the perfect place for getting outside and having an adventure or just relaxing and unplugging before the back to school blues set in. Check out our Summer Activities page for a complete listing of things to do in our area!

Explore The Greater Outdoors at Georgia’s Favorite State Park, Vogel State Park.

 

Visit Georgia’s Highest Peak at Brasstown Bald.

 

Get out on the water at one of our incredible area lakes.

Butternut Creek Festival 2018

Celebrating and supporting local and regional artists and craftsmen is a big deal here in Blairsville. Around this time each year, you can find 80-85 of these artisans showcasing their work at the Butternut Creek Festival. The festival features works in a variety of categories, including basketry, candles & soap, fine art, fabric art, and decorative painting, to glass, jewelry, metal working, photography, pottery, scrimshaw, and woodturning.

While the Butternut Creek Festival is an excellent opportunity for these incredibly talented artisans to share and sell their works to the public, it’s also a fun and inviting event with something for everyone to enjoy. The festival also features fantastic musical entertainment, lots of great food available for purchase, and live art demonstrations. There are also a number of local nonprofits exhibiting that you can learn more about at the event.

The festival, which has been designated a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event since 2009, takes place on July 21 & 22 from 10 am to 5 pm at Meeks Park. Admission and parking are free and shuttles are available to get you from parking to the festival. Learn more at www.visitblairsvillega.com/festivals.

Lakes call Families to the Mountains

Blairsville’s lakes beckon families for old-fashioned summertime fun – those lazy days of lounging on a sunny beach, showing off underwater handstands, and wolfing down a grilled picnic lunch so you can splash back into the lake, only to be told by Mom that you have to wait the standard thirty minute before jumping back in. Fortunately for us, Blairsville-Union County is home to not just one, but three lakes!  

Lake Winfield Scott – Lake Winfield Scott Recreation Area is situated high in the mountain valley of Suches.  The Winfield Scott area offers year-round recreation opportunities including camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming and hiking centered around the beautiful 18-acre lake. Only non-motorized boats are allowed on the water, but fishing is great for catfish, trout, perch, brim and bass. The campground is divided into a north loop and a south loop.  Recent upgrades and renovations make Lake Winfield Scott a premier family recreation spot.

Lake Nottely – The 4,180-acre TVA-controlled Lake Nottely is a fisherman’s paradise, offering ample opportunities to land largemouth bass, spotted bass, crappie and striped bass, among others. With 106 miles of pristine shoreline nestled in the mountains just northwest of Blairsville.  This unspoiled lake offers a breathtaking alpine experience for residents and visitors. Construction of the dam was completed in 1942. It is 184 feet high and stretches 2,300 feet across the Nottely River. The public can use one of three public boat ramps or our three marinas offer lake access and boat rentals. Local water sport companies offer canoe and kayak rentals in addition to an exciting Jetovator (flying waterbike) experience. 

Lake Trahlyta – Lake Trahlyta offers a view of the esthetic beauty of the mountains and is situated next to Trahlyta Falls, a stunning north Georgia waterfall.  Visitors can enjoy a swimming beach, fishing, stand up paddle boarding and pedal boats on the water in addition to mini golf, interpretive programs, music programs, hiking, fishing, bird watching, CCC museum, cottages, and camping on site at Vogel State Park.

For more information about outdoor activities and everything else going on in Blairsville-Union County, visit us online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.