Craving some outdoor fun after all of this crazy weather? Look no further than Vogel State Park, Georgia’s Favorite State Park! There’s truly something for everyone to enjoy at this gorgeous and historic mountain park. Learn more about Vogel State Park here.
America’s smallest, furriest weathermen may have given us a gloomy forecast of 6 more weeks of winter, but that doesn’t bother us in Blairsville-Union County! There’s still plenty to do for every member of the family in our mountain paradise, even in the cold winter months. From outdoor activities like winter hiking and geocaching to more indoor fun like winery and distillery tours and spas, there’s never a dull moment in Blairsville! Need to fight those winter blues with some comfort food? There are plenty of excellent restaurants to choose from, from good ole’ southern cooking to farm-to-table sophistication.
Learn more about everything going on this winter at our Winter Activities page!
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you may be looking for a fun retreat for you and your special someone. Well look no further, because lovers and visitors alike can unplug, unwind and unite with each other while exploring the untouched, natural beauty of Blairsville-Union County! Nestled in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest, amidst North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, lovebirds can take advantage of outdoor adventure and unique attractions in a calm and refreshing environment away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
With gorgeous winter mountain scenery on full display, Blairsville is the perfect setting for couples seeking a getaway. This authentic pre-Civil War mountain community is only a two- to three-hour drive from cities like Atlanta, Ga., Chattanooga, TN, and Greenville, S.C. The many cabins, B&B’s and cabin resorts offer city amenities in a country setting. Couples can enjoy relaxing in a hot tub after exploring waterfalls or taking a hike on the Appalachian Trail. There is no better place to make a wish under the stars and take in the beautiful mountain sky than from Georgia’s highest peak – Brasstown Bald. Couples may decide to propose a toast to their rekindled future at a local winery or moonshine distillery or just enjoy each other’s company sitting by the fire in a cozy cabin.
Outdoor activities are plentiful and culture and heritage run deep. Whatever you seek, the mountains will provide. Blairsville-Union County is the perfect destination to rekindle and strengthen a couple’s romantic bond.
1. Eat collard greens & black eyed peas
After all, it’s a southern tradition. Eat these as your first meal for the New Year and you will increase your luck and prosperity for the year ahead. Let the Chamber connect you with local farmers so all your meals are sure to be fresh.
2. Hike Brasstown Bald
Experience the wonders of nature at 4,784 feet above sea level. Get your blood pumping and oxygen flowing through your lungs with this moderate difficulty 0.6 mile Summit hike.
3. Wear a kilt at the Scottish Festival
You don’t have to be Scottish to wear a kilt. Find out your tartan colors, enjoy the Highland Games and nosh on some Scottish delicacies the second weekend in June.
4. Fly fish on the Nottely River
Brown trout, rainbow trout, and native trout are abundant in our freshwater mountain streams. Grab some flies and a pole and head out to the headwaters of the Nottely River, Coopers Creek, or Rock Creek for premier trout fishing.
5. Sip Moonshine
You can’t visit the south without tasting our famous moonshine. Grandaddy Mimms’ moonshine recipe has been passed down through the generations since the days of prohibition. Swing by the moonshine museum and learn about the history of this beverage.
6. Take a garden tour at Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center
Meander through a .25 mile loop of The Woodland Medicine Trail and discover numerous woodland wildflowers, herbs, fern and shrubs that were used extensively by Native Americans and early settlers. Then enjoy the Ethnobotanic Gardens containing plants that were harvested and often cultivated by early inhabitants of the region for medicinal, food, and craft uses.
7. Get wet at Helton Creek Falls
A rock slide for the kids and a veil of water to stand behind make Helton Creek Falls a must do activity for the young and young at heart. A short hike allows you to explore the beauty of both the upper and lower falls of Helton Creek.
8. Share a bag of boiled peanuts
Sunrise Grocery on Hwy 129 features world famous boiled peanuts. Grab a bag of this southern delicacy and enjoy with your family and friends.
9. Discover past & present ghosts
History is alive in Union County. With abundant heritage tracking resources at the Union County Public Library, the Historic Courthouse on the Square, and a plethora of cemeteries, exploring your heritage back to the pre-Civil War era is a great way to connect with the past.
10. Sop up some sorghum biscuits
Nothing says Union County like the sweet smell of sorghum syrup cooking. Join the festivities of the Blairsville Sorghum Festival the second and third weekends in October for biscuit sopping, pole climbing, rock throwing, horseshoe throwing, and log sawing fun!
For more information about any of the above or various other activities available in Blairsville-Union County, please contact the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce at 706-745-5789, online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com, or by visiting the Welcome Center inside the Union County Community Center at 129 Union County Recreation Road.
‘Tis the season for Christmas lights, one of the most fun family traditions of the season! Looking for the brightest, most festive displays to enjoy this year? Fret not, we have searched hither and yon on Facebook to assemble this list for you! If you have other locations, please share them with us!
Visit The Browns and have your kids leave a letter for Santa! Take Old Blue Ridge Highway out past Mulkey Gap. Right on Ed King Road. Just before the solar panel field. Note: if you leave a letter to Santa in the mailbox, you just might receive a reply!
Down the Old Blue Ridge Hwy. Near Reds gas station, you can find The Whites at 10806 Blue Ridge Hwy in Blairsville.
Check out the beautiful Nativity Scene at Stonehenge Assisted Living, located Hwy 129 North towards Murphy, about 7 miles north of Hwy 76/129 intersection.
Come and see Downtown all lit up On the Square & at Season’s Inn Plaza.
You’ll find lots of lights on Murphy Hwy, just past the Owen Glenn entrance.
There’s a beautiful display at The Duckworth’s. Go 129 south to Arkaqua Rd. and take a right on Gene Nix Rd.
Look out for the Jones’ great display located on Jones rd off of Mulkey Gap.
Don’t forget about the display at Meadows of Ivy Log off Hensen Rd.
Misty Mountain Inn & Cottages is getting into the spirit with their new light display. They are located on Town Creek School Road, before you get to Alexander’s on the right.
Last, but not least – Sprayberry’s – 257 Windy Hill Rd in Blairsville. 2nd street past Wendy’s on the left going towards Young Harris. Saturdays from 6:30-9, photo ops with Santa and his sleigh.
On certain nights, you just might see Santa at the Williams’ on Forge Mill Road off Hwy 515 across from Cucina Rustica.
Santa can be found on certain nights at Spur 60, between Mineral Bluff and NC State line.
Through the town of Hiawassee, but before the School, there are some fantastic displays on Bugscuffle Road. After you see Uhaul & Parker Oil, Bugscuffle is the next road on the left.
There’s a red glow on Scataway Road that’s worth checking out. About 5 minutes past the Towns County School, see sign for Mount Zion Church on left and follow the red glow.
Be sure to visit the display at Panter House, located on the Towns County side of Gumlog.
For lights and much more, go to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Mountain Country Christmas in Lights, Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun, 6-10 PM. Food, music, arts & crafts, hot chocolate and Santa. ($5 per person)
On Hwy 75, just across the NC/Ga line, you’ll find the lovely display at Penlands.
There’s much to see on Harshaw Road, near Cherokee Hills Golf Course.
There’s just nothing like celebrating the holidays in the mountains, and there’s no better place to celebrate the season than Blairsville-Union County! We go all out for the holiday season, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy – from festive events like the Tour of Trees and Caroling on The Square to holly jolly shopping sprees like the Mistletoe Market and the Holiday Stop and Shop. Here are just a few of the holiday happenings coming up:
November 18, 2017 9 am – 4 pm
November 19, 2017 11 am – 4 pm
Blairsville Holiday Stop & Shop December 1, 2017 11 am – 7pm December 2, 2017 11am – 7pm
Tour of Trees
Daily, December 1 – 31, 2017 9 am – 5 pm
Kris Kringle Mountain Market December 2, 2017 10 am – 3pm
Holiday on The Square and Christmas Parade
December 2, 2017
Holly Jolly Christmas
December 9, 2017 3 pm – 6 pm
Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park December 9, 2017 4 pm – 7pm
There’s so much happening in our area this year that there’s a whole page of our website dedicated to all things Holiday-themed! Learn more about the winter wonderland that is Blairsville-Union County and plan your holiday journey with us at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com!
One of the most commonly asked questions at the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce is “when is the best time to see the leaves?” The answer to that question is difficult. The most common response is “the third and fourth week in October” However, there is a very scientific reason that determines the amount of color we are privileged to see in the autumn season. Let’s take a closer look at this.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, “The amount and brilliance of the colors that develop in any particular autumn season are related to weather conditions that occur before and during the time the chlorophyll in the leaves is dwindling. Temperature and moisture are the main influences.” While variations in these two factors ensure that no two autumns are alike, the consensus is that “A warm wet spring, favorable summer weather, and warm sunny fall days with cool nights should produce the most brilliant autumn colors.”
We believe that the autumn of 2017 is going to be a brilliant one! Make your plans to come visit the North Georgia Mountains from October through November. Some of the best leaf peeping spots in Blairsville-Union County are:
- Brasstown Bald – Highest natural point in Georgia. You can see beautiful colors for miles!
- Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway – Stunning, meandering road with breathtaking views.
- Lake Winfield Scott – The secret of Suches. Take a ride on Hwy 180 for delightful colors.
- Vogel State Park – Every angle provides exquisite vegetation for the leaf connoisseur.
- Blood Mountain – From the top of the Appalachian Trail, both the views and colors are sublime.
There are no shortages of activities in and around Blairsville-Union County this time of year. From festivals to fundraisers, music to motorcycles, and concerts to culture heritage, there is truly something for everybody! A full list of all the events and event details happening in and around town are available online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com. Here’s a small sampling of upcoming events:
- Blairsville Sorghum Festival – Oct. 14th, 15th, 21st, & 22nd from 9am-5pm at Meeks Park.
- Fall Hoedown – Oct. 21st from 12pm-7pm at Vogel State Park.
- Joshua Dream Ranch Corn Maze – Weekends in October on Hwy 76 just past the VA Clinic.
To keep an eye on the leaf changing over the next few weeks, check out http://gastateparks.org/LeafWatch or https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/. Both of these websites, and many others, will keep you up-to-date on the expected peak of fall for the North Georgia Mountains.
For detailed local area information including maps, directions, lodging, and upcoming event information please stop by The Welcome Center located in the Union County Community Center at 129 Union County Recreation Road, call 706-745-5789, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.
This Thursday, September 21, Blairsville will host four heads of sovereign nations while commemorating their peoples as the original inhabitants of Union County and North Georgia. The focal point of the project is the unveiling of a bronze statue by nationally renowned Pawnee/Cherokee artist, Daniel Horsechief of Sallissaw, Oklahoma. The statue, a ten foot bronze of a stick ball player, will serve as a permanent memorial to the Native Peoples that once called north Georgia home and their descendants.
The We Are Still Here Committee, a community project that began under the auspices of Leadership Union, is working closely with the tribal officials of the United Keetoowah Band, the Cherokee Nation and the Muskogee-Creek Nations all of Oklahoma, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of North Carolina. This unveiling is particularly historic as it marks the return of the descendants of the Muscogee (Creek) and Cherokee Indians to the north Georgia Mountains since the signing of the Treaty of the Cherokee Agency at Calhoun, Georgia 200 years ago.
This event has attracted attention far and wide, as a full-length documentary about the project (and the fact that the Nations would return for the first time in 200 years) has been made, an all native nations singing group has pledged that they would be here for the unveiling, and stickball teams from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians would be coming for the event as well. You don’t want to miss this historic unveiling, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Meeks Park on Thursday, September 21.
Hard to believe, but Autumn is just around the corner! With a historic summer for Blairsville-Union County coming to a close, we’re now gearing up for all of the fun that the Fall has in store for us. Here’s a quick rundown of the events and festivals taking place in our community:
Mountain Heritage Festival
Historic Mountain Life Museum
September 2nd & 3rd, 2017 9am-5pm
Celebrate the history and mountain culture of Union County with music on the porch, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, as well as demonstrations of skills used by Union County’s earliest settlers.
Mountain Music and Arts and Crafts Festival
Vogel State Park
September 9, 2017 10am-5pm
Appalachian, bluegrass, and gospel music as well as arts and crafts, demonstrations on spinning, blacksmithing and bowl carving, not to mention food and concessions available from the Vogel Volunteers.
Celebrate Autumn Arts and Crafts Festival
Towns County Recreation Center
September 16, 2017 9am-5pm, September 17, 2017 1pm-4pm
A juried arts and crafts show featuring indoor and outdoor booths.
Indian Summer Festival
Woody Gap School
October 7 & 8, 2017 9am-5pm
This fabulous festival, benefiting the Woody Gap School in Suches, GA, takes place every year on the first weekend in October. Activities include a Craft Show, 10K Run, Country Square Dance, Weaponry Demonstration, Auction, Play performed by Elementary Students, and Much More!
Run Above the Clouds
Suches Community Center
October 7, 2017 9am
These 10K and 5K road races take place over a beautifully scenic, challenging out-and-back course through the North Georgia mountains and serve as the kick-off events for the Indian Summer Festival. There is also a 1-mile fun run, over a mostly flat course.
BEAR – Blairsville Extreme Adventure Race
October 7, 2017 7am
Teams will be exploring the mountains, rivers, lakes, trails, and beautiful woods surrounding Blairsville.
October 14, 15 & 21, 22, 2017 9am-5pm
Blairsville’s longest running festival celebrates the ancient art of cooking sweet syrup from Sorghum Cane. Visitors enjoy sorghum syrup making demonstrations in addition to contests such as “Biskit” Eatin’, Pole Climbin’, Log Sawin’, Rock Throwin’, and Horseshoe Throwin’.
Fall Hoedown at Vogel State Park
Vogel State Park
October 21, 2017 12pm-7pm
Celebrate autumn’s arrival with a cakewalk, hayrides, and food during the day and a campfire, dancing, and storytelling at night.
Good Neighbors Car and Truck Show
United Community Bank Parking Lot
October 21, 2017 8am-4pm
More than 200 cars and trucks (old and new) “show off” at the Good Neighbors Auto Show.
Hometown Halloween on the Square
October 31, 2017 6pm-8pm
Bring the kids and join the fun! Each October, Downtown Blairsville hosts a spectacular trick-or-treat event complete with candy, costumes, and contests!
Everybody loves a good, long weekend! With Labor Day coming up, we thought we’d give you a roadmap for how to maximize your fun and relaxation right here in Blairsville-Union County! Just a couple of hours from major Southeastern hubs like Atlanta, Greenville, and Chattanooga, Blairsville is the perfect place to unplug and unwind for a few days. Let’s get started!
There is a wide variety of options when it comes to staying in Blairsville, from traditional hotels and camping options to resorts and cabins. Whether you want a rugged outdoor weekend of “roughing it” or a luxury experience complete with wine tastings and spa days, we’ve got you covered!
Explore The Greater Outdoors
Get outside and do something fun! Blairsville has more outdoor activities to offer than we have time to talk about, including hiking, exploring Brasstown Bald (Georgia’s Highest Peak), horseback riding, making a splash in our amazing lakes, playing in some of the best parks in the South (including Vogel State Park), and so much more. There is truly something for everyone to explore, from families, to couples, group trips, and beyond! Learn more about all of the outdoor fun you can have in Blairsville-Union County here.
Eat Better in Blairsville
We aren’t your typical little mountain town with two restaurants that both close at 6pm. Dining options here include some of the best Barbecue and Southern cooking you can find, but our thriving food scene also includes Cuban cuisine, Seafood, Italian, American, Greek, farm to table, and much more! If you like to eat, you’ll never want to leave. Find a complete listing of restaurants in the area here.
Celebrate with Us
There’s always something going on in Blairsville-Union County, with fun festivals and special events happening all year long – like the Mountain Heritage Festival happening over Labor Day weekend. Check out our Festivals and Events pages for the latest scoop on what is happening and where.
What are you waiting for? Stop by visitblairsvillega.com/tourism to start planning your trip to Blairsville-Union County today!