2018 Fall Leaf Peeping

“When is the best time to see the leaves?” We get this question a lot, and the answer is not exactly cut and dry. Usually, the third and fourth week in October is a safe bet. However, there are scientific reasons determining the amount of color we are privileged to see in the autumn season. Let’s take a closer look.

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.”

With that said, this fall is sure 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:

  1. Brasstown Bald – Highest natural point in Georgia. You can see beautiful colors for miles!
  2. Russell-Brasstown Scenic Byway – Stunning, meandering road with breathtaking views.
  3. Lake Winfield Scott – The secret of Suches. Take a ride on Hwy 180 for delightful colors.
  4. Vogel State Park – Every angle provides exquisite vegetation for the leaf connoisseur.
  5. 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:

  1. Blairsville Sorghum Festival – Oct. 13th, 14th, 20th, & 21st from 9am-5pm at Meeks Park.
  2. Fall Festival – Oct. 28th from 12pm-7pm at Vogel State Park.
  3. 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.

Indian Summer Festival 2018

October 6th and 7th, come on up to Blairsville-Union County for the Indian Summer Festival in Suches. The festival is held at Woody Gap School – Georgia’s smallest public school. Over the weekend, attendees can enjoy all the family fun that the festival has to offer. Events include a 10k and 5k run, car show, crafts, music and dance performances, and other family activities.

Some notable events include the Run Above the Clouds 10k and 5k run on Saturday. Racers will run a challenging, but scenic, trail through the North Georgia mountains. There’s also a 1-mile fun run over a mostly flat course. You won’t want to miss the Country Square Dance with a live band on Saturday evening starting at 8pm. Tickets for the dance are $6 in advance or $8 at the door.

The fun continues with the crowning of the King and Queen, clogging performances, an auction, and performances of North Georgia mountain music. In between performances, be sure to take time to browse the wonderful vendor booths set up on the grounds. There you can view and purchase handcrafted pottery, leather crafts, folk art, jewelry and more. You can also buy some delicious food and snacks, including pork BBQ plates and sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixins’, funnel cakes, boiled peanuts, cotton candy, fried apple pies, homemade preserves, and more. Admission for the Indian Summer Festival is $4 for adults, $2 for students, and free for kids under six. Parking is free.

Don’t miss this weekend of family fun in Suches and learn more about everything happening in Blairsville-Union County this fall on our Autumn Activities Page.

 

BEAR Race 2018

Calling all adventure-seekers! The Blairsville Extreme Adventure Race (BEAR) is happening next Saturday, September 22! This 8-hour team race starts at Meeks Park and winds through the mountains, rivers, lakes, trails and beautiful woods surrounding Blairsville-Union County. This is a perfect race for sports or family teams to discover and explore The Greater Outdoors!

Easy to read and simple navigation will take you to some hidden spots around Blairsville. Distances are always based on your teams abilities and speed in adventure racing, but the race includes between 20-30 miles of mountain biking, 5-8 miles of trekking, and 4-8 miles of canoeing. Canoes, paddles and PFDs will be provided, but teams may bring their own paddle gear if placed in paddle bags.

For more details and to sign up today, visit the AR Georgia website. Late Registration ends today, so don’t wait to register!

Fall 2018 Bucket List

Fall is almost officially here, and there’s so much to do here in Blairsville-Union County! The cool mountain temps, amazing outdoor activities, family-friendly events, and welcoming community make our area the perfect place to experience autumn. There is truly something for everyone here, so here are a few suggestions for your Fall Bucket List this year…

Get Outside
The Greater Outdoors are calling! From hiking, camping, and outdoor fun at one of our amazing parks to corn mazes, hay rides, and even a Haunted History Tour, we’re the perfect destination for classic fall activities! We also have some of the most gorgeous fall foliage in the area, perfect for autumn leaf peeping that you won’t want to miss.

Celebrate!
Fall is Festival Season here in Blairsville-Union County, so come on and celebrate with us! Festivals like the Indian Summer Festival, Sorghum Festival, and the Fall Festival at Vogel State Park are great events for the whole family, so mark your calendars.

Eat Up
If you like to eat, you’ll love Blairsville! We have several incredible local restaurants to choose from, serving seasonal favorites from a wide variety of cuisines including Italian, Greek, Cuban, Farm-to-table, Traditional Southern Cooking, and much more!

There’s no better time to escape to the mountains, so check out our Autumn Activities page for more details and suggestions. Happy Fall, Y’all!

Mountain Music Day Festival

You don’t want to miss celebrating the unique artistry of the mountains at Vogel State Park’s Mountain Music Day Festival! This fun event features fantastic live music, arts and crafts demonstrations, and delicious mountain food! There’s something for every member of the family to enjoy, so mark your calendars for September 15 from 10am – 6pm!

The Schedule of Performers Includes:

  • 10:00 AM – Alan Kendall
  • 11:00 AM – Rebels Quartet
  • 12:00 PM – Justin Terry
  • 1:00 PM – Wyatt Espalin
  • 2:00 PM – Bound to Ramble
  • 3:00 PM – Cold Water Bluegrass
  • 4:00 PM – Matt Sellars
  • 5:00 PM – Moonlight Street Folk

Learn more about this event and other Autumn Activities at http://ow.ly/VBIy30lvUyH.

Mountain Heritage Festival 2018

Come and celebrate the history and mountain culture of Blairsville-Union County at the Mountain Heritage Festival, which takes place September 1st and 2nd at the Historic Mountain Life Museum. We’ll have music on the porch, collections of fine mountain-made arts & crafts, food vendors, as well as demonstrations of skills used by Union County’s earliest settlers.

Admission to this family-friendly event is FREE, and parking is FREE, too! What better way to celebrate your long Labor Day weekend than a trip to the mountains filled with fun, delicious food, and rich cultural history? Learn more about this event and other upcoming festivals at our Festivals page.

Fall Festivals Preview 2018

Ready or not, Autumn will be here before you know it! The cooler temps and beautiful colors make it a great time to get out and have some fun, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate the season with the whole family here in Blairsville-Union County. Here’s a quick preview of some of the festivals and events coming up in the next few months.

Mountain Music Day Festival
September 15, 2018

BEAR Blairsville Extreme Adventure Race
September 22, 2018

Indian Summer Festival
October 6 – 7, 2018

Sorghum Festival
October 13 – 14 & 20 – 21, 2018

Fall Festival at Vogel State Park
October 28, 2018

Hometown Halloween on the Square
October 31, 2018

For a complete listing of everything happening in Blairsville-Union County this fall, check out our Autumn Activities page.

Taste of the Mountains in Blairsville

Calling all Food-Lovers! The First Annual Taste of the Mountains in Blairsville on August 25th from 4pm-7pm the Butt-Mock House (located 1 block south of the Downtown Square). Take a taste from many of our incredible area restaurants and sample locally produced wine, beer & spirits. This family friendly event will feature live music from Steven Phillips & the Midnight Express, cooking demonstrations by the North Georgia Technical College Culinary Department & Amazing Grace Catering & Events, bounce houses for the kids, and some good old fashioned Southern Charm. The Blairsville Cruisers will also be there for the car-lovers in your family!

$20 admission will give you 20 tickets to sample food and beverages from area businesses. Children 12 and under are $10. Additional Taste tickets are available for $1 each. Parking is free. Alcohol only available for those age 21 and up. All proceeds go to the North Georgia Technical College Scholarship fund. What a fun and delicious way to support higher education in our area!

Learn more about Taste of the Mountains in Blairsville.

Way to Go, Union County Schools!

Locals already know how great Union County Schools are, so it’s no surprise that the students and faculty are making waves and winning awards left and right! Very recently, Union County High School was not only honored by the Governor as one of the highest performing schools in the State of Georgia, but it was also named as an Advanced Placement (AP) Challenge School by the Georgia State Superintendent. We are so proud of the students, educators, and BOE in our community!

The community of Blairsville-Union County prides itself in investing in the quality of education that the children in our area receive, and we’re proud to see all of the improvements made in our schools in recent years, including the Fine Arts Center and Auditorium, Agriscience Center, new school busses, classroom additions and HVAC upgrades, technology upgrades, safety and security enhancements, and much more. We are also excited to see the progress made under the leadership of new Superintendent John Hill.

We love living in an area that values education and investing in the future of its students, and we’re very proud to see everything coming out of Union County Schools. Keep up the great work!