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4 Tips for the Perfect Spring Break

Still figuring out what to do with your kids over Spring Break? Look no further than Blairsville-Union County! Explore the Greater Outdoors and experience all of the food, culture, and shopping that Blairsville has to offer. Here are a few tips for having a perfect Spring Break Adventure in Blairsville-Union County…

1. Have an Outdoor Adventure

Blairsville-Union County is the perfect place to unplug and reconnect with your family, and there’s no better way to do that than Exploring the Greater Outdoors!

Brasstown Bald
Get an unforgettable view of four states from Georgia’s highest peak. Learn more about Brasstown Bald here.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Union County boasts the only covered portion of the famous Appalachian Trail. You can also hike to the peak of Blood Mountain or brave one of the many other connecting trails. Learn more about hiking and other outdoor activities in Blairsville-Union County here.

Waterfalls
We have many waterfalls here in Blairsville-Union County, like Helton Creek Falls and Wolf Creek Falls, to name a few. Learn more about our waterfalls and where to find them here.

Horseback Riding
Riders of all ages and levels can experience the countryside on horseback. Find out more about riding and a listing of stables here.

2. Get Your Park On

We’ve got some of the finest parks in the state, complete with activities for every member of the family to enjoy.

Vogel State Park
Enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, paddle boats, and more at Vogel. Learn more about Vogel State Park, and other parks in our area here.

Meeks Park
Play 18 holes of Frisbee Golf at Meeks Park’s excellent 18-hole course, let the kids play hard on the playground, batter up at one of four batting cages, let your pups have a ball at the dog park, and much, much more! Learn more about Meeks Park here.

3. Eat Well

Dine at one of Blairsville’s many amazing restaurants. There’s something to please every palette, from traditional southern food to fine dining! You will be absolutely amazed at the quality and variety of different cuisines available in our area. Browse listings and see a map of restaurants in the area here.

4. Shop ‘til You Drop

Blairsville offers a unique shopping experience, from local artisans to designer duds! Plan your shopping trip here.

Ready for your Spring Break Mountain Adventure? Call us today at 877-745-5789 or visit us online to learn more about all the fun your family can get into in Blairsville-Union County!

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Spring Break Adventure Agenda

It’s Spring Break season, and there’s no better place for your spring break adventures than Blairsville-Union County! From exploring the Greater Outdoors to experiencing all of the food, culture, and shopping that Blairsville has to offer, we’ve got everything you need for the perfect spring break trip. Ready to book your mountain getaway? Great! Here are just a few things that should make your Spring Break Adventure Agenda…

Brasstown Bald
Get an unforgettable view of four states from Georgia’s highest peak. Learn more about Brasstown Bald here.

Vogel State Park
Enjoy swimming, fishing, hiking, paddle boats, and more at Vogel. Learn more about Vogel State Park, and other parks in our area here.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Union County boasts the only covered portion of the famous Appalachian Trail. You can also hike to the peak of Blood Mountain or brave one of the many other connecting trails. Learn more about hiking and other outdoor activities in Blairsville-Union County here.

Disc Golf
Play 18 holes of Frisbee Golf at Meeks park’s excellent 18-hole course. Learn more here.

Eat Well
Dine at one of Blairsville’s many amazing restaurants. There’s something to please every palette, from traditional southern food to fine dining! Browse listings and see a map of restaurants in the area here.

Waterfalls
We have many waterfalls here in Blairsville-Union County, like Helton Creek Falls and Wolf Creek Falls, to name a few. Learn more about our waterfalls and where to find them here.

Horseback Riding
Riders of all ages and levels can experience the countryside on horseback. Find out more about riding and a listing of stables here.

Shop ‘til You Drop
Blairsville offers a unique shopping experience, from local artisans to designer duds! Plan your shopping trip here.

As you can see, Blairsville-Union County offers something for everyone! This little list is just the tip of the iceberg, so call us today at 877-745-5789 or visit us online to learn more about all the fun your family can get into over spring break!

 

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Embrace the Cold

Blairsville-Union County, in the heart of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is one of Georgia’s best kept secrets. Only a two- to three-hour drive from cities like Atlanta, Ga., Chattanooga, TN and Greenville, SC., it is worlds apart – an authentic pre-Civil War mountain community located deep in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest and enveloped in North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It is a setting that lends itself, beautifully, to plenty of outdoor adventures.

Almost anywhere you go in Union County, you’ll find a hiking trail. Visitors may choose easy routes through our picturesque Meeks Park or choose a hardcore trail that traverses streams, scales mountains and descends into deep gorges. The most famous trail in the area is the Appalachian trail. Accessible from several locations within Union County, the AT winds 80 miles through the Chattahoochee National Forest.

There is pure seduction to the outdoor pursuits of Blairsville-Union County; this Georgia gem is uncrowded, serene and overwhelmingly picturesque. From its high peaks to its green valleys to its verdant forests to its bubbling creeks and streams, Blairsville acts as a lightning rod for those who want an outdoors escape. Shadowed by Brasstown Bald – Georgia’s highest peak – and the ancient Blue Ridge brimming with Cherokee Indian lore, it’s easy to spend a few days exploring all there is do in this magical mountain town.

There is plenty to do in the mountains. Sometimes it’s challenging to motivate for outdoor fun when it is so chilly outside. However, being active outdoors is a great way to enjoy the mountains in a whole new way. Not only is it less crowded, but there are no bugs to contend with! To make the most of your outdoor fun and not be cold and uncomfortable, layer your clothing so you don’t wimp out and head back for the cabin. Here are a few ideas to keep you active during our winter months:

  1. Winter Hiking – There’s no better place to take in the beautiful mountain sky than from Georgia’s highest peak – Brasstown Bald.
  2. Winter Camping – Build a bonfire, roast some marshmallows, and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa.
  3. Winter Picnic by Helton Creek Falls – Take blankets, sandwiches, and hot soup in a thermos.
  4. Photo Expedition – Snow, ice, and the crispness that comes with freezing temperatures can add a new dimension to your photos.

Are outside activities not really your speed? No worries. Blairsville-Union County offers several options during the winter season for fun and entertainment.

  1. Made from scratch donuts and pastries, farm to table menu selections, and the best coffee bar in the mountains.
  2. Book a couples’ massage at one of our many luxurious spas.
  3. Visit the tasting room at our local moonshine distilleray or one of our two local farm wineries.
  4. Discover quaint shops on the 22-mile Artisan Corridor full of arts and craft shops, galleries, and boutiques.

Blairsville-Union County is a perfect location for destination weddings. There are multiple venues to choose from and the best part is your photos will have a backdrop of the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

Learn more about all of the winter fun that awaits you in Blairsville, GA here!

 

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Fun Family Activities in Blairsville

When you hear the phrase “family fun”, what comes to mind may be the stress, long days, and lots of money. But that doesn’t have to be the case! Blairsville has activities for all ages that are free and don’t require detailed scheduling. We’ve compiled five free activities so you can spend less time thinking about time and money, and more time enjoying the beautiful North Georgia mountains with your family!

Outside adventure: Picnic and a hike
When planning a trip to North Georgia, take some time to enjoy all the picturesque nature sites. There are so many free activities waiting for you just outside your door. Helton Creek Falls is south of Blairsville off of Hwy 19/129. This hike is only 0.6 miles long, perfect for kids of any age. Be sure to pack a lunch because the falls offer a great site for a picnic. See more options at our spring hikes guide [insert link to spring hikes guide blog when available].

Learn something new: Alpaca Farms
Spend an afternoon getting to know an animal not common to North Georgia, Alpacas. At the Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm or Jerae’s Unity Alpacas you can do just that. Be sure to stop by the gift stores for a selection of handcrafted jewelry and products made from Alpaca fiber. Entrance is free to both farms, but donations are welcomed. For both locations, please call or email ahead to make an appointment.

Treasure hunt: Geocaching
Geocaching has become an international pastime for family fun. Using a GPS device, enter in coordinates and follow the clues to a hidden cache. This is a fun way to get to know a new area, or appreciate all that your own neighborhood has to offer. There are plenty of Geocaches to discover in Blairsville, including one that takes you in and around the Union County Public Library.

Relax on the water: Lake trip
Lake Nottely offers a breathtaking alpine experience for residents and visitors just northwest of Blairsville. Or stay on shore and have a picnic at one of the parks surrounding the lake. Another option is Lake Winfield Scott which offers hiking, swimming, boating, and camping year round.

Fun times at the festival
In a tight community like Blairsville, there are festivals all year round where you can enjoy local crafters, fair food, and activities for the whole family (though not everything at these festivals is free). Check out our Festivals page for more information on upcoming festivals.

 

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Top 5 Spring Hikes in North Georgia

Courtesy of Renee Deibert

Courtesy of Renee Deibert

Looking for a fun getaway that doesn’t break the bank? Check out our list of the best North Georgia Hikes. These trails will take you to the most iconic parts of North Georgia – including the Appalachian Trail, Blood Mountain, and the highest point in the state, Brasstown Bald. Mountain top views, beds of wildflowers, and refreshing waterfalls make these Georgia hikes perfect for a spring weekend.

1. Three Trail Loop at Lake Winfield Scott, Slaughter Creek, Appalachian Trail
Lake Winfield Scott is a part of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests. Surrounding the lake are many facilities and areas for a picnic lunch. The trail loop is 5.6 miles round trip and takes you across three separate trails providing for a variety of scenery, including creeks and wildflowers.

2. Byron Reece Trail at Neels Gap
This 1.35 mile trail goes through the lower elevation of Blood Mountain. The forest is beautiful in spring when blankets of vibrant ferns and flowers have bloomed. Small waterfalls and streams can be seen at the trailhead, while rhododendron and mountain laurels provide plenty of shade along the trail.

3. Helton Creek Falls
If you’re looking for a more relaxing day in the outdoors, consider Helton Creek Falls. With two picturesque waterfalls, it’s the perfect location to play in the water and cool off on a sunny spring day. The trail is a short 0.6 miles, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy the views at your leisure.

4. Arkaquah Trail
This trail will take you from Brasstown Bald near Union County to Track Rock Gap. At 11 miles, this trail is more difficult than the rest, but it does offer stunning views of the North Georgia mountains. At Track Rock Gap, you can spend some time exploring the archaeological site with more than 100 petroglyph symbols.

5. Jacks Knob Trail
This moderate trail is 4.5 miles point-to-point and begins at the Brasstown Bald Visitors Center. You can take the trail all the way to the top of Brasstown or head south towards Jacks Gap and the Appalachian Trail at Chattahoochee Gap. While steep at times, this trail offers great views.

Spring Itinerary

Helton Creek Falls

Helton Creek Falls

The weather has warmed and the sun is shining over Blairsville-Union County. Spring is finally here! Are you ready to spend time in the great outdoors? Here are a few ideas for putting together a wonderful spring itinerary.

Venture out on one of our three lakes, Nottely, Winfield Scott, or Trahlyta, and choose your activity. Boating, fishing, skiing, kayaking or pedal boats make great lake activities. If waterfalls are more your style, we have plenty of those too. A waterfalls guide can be obtained in the Chamber’s Welcome Center or requested online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com.

Are you ready to see Union County from a new perspective?  Try taking in the views atop Brasstown Bald or exploring the lovely countryside while horseback riding. Many of the hiking trails that wind throughout the county offer incredible views that just might take your breath away. If history is your cup of tea, Union County has a lot to offer. Have you ever toured the Historic Union County Courthouse or the Mountain Life Museum? Have you seen the Trackrock Petroglyphs up close? How about the Byron Herbert Reece Farm & Heritage Center or the CCC Museum at Vogel State Park? Here is one you might not have thought of – the historic cannery and interpretive displays at the Georgia Mountain Research & Education Center.   While you are there, you can browse the ethnobotanical and native plant gardens.

There is definitely no shortage of festivals and events to attend this time of year. Weather you prefer arts and crafts, green beans, or bagpipes, you need not look any further than right here at home in Union County. Also, consider one of a host of other local events that offer music, dining, gift items, and educational activities. Those can be found on our online Chamber events calendar or by signing up for our weekly or quarterly events newsletter.

The Chamber is always ready to assist with planning your next weekday or weekend escape right here in Union County.   Check out our preplanned itineraries online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com or call us at 706-745-5789.

The Beauty Of Union County Georgia

Nature presents itself in one of its beautiful best in the Union County, North Georgia. The county, which is famous for its Blue Ridge Mountain and sorghum syrup, is also the backdrop for many festivals and the stage for a number of theaters, concerts, parades, and more. It has all the signs that are inherent in any busy, thriving town. But most importantly, the Union County is adorable for the variety it offers to every resident and traveler. On one hand it is one of the choicest canvases of Nature and on the other it is one of the most-loved destinations for many activities including camping, hiking, fishing, or simply vacationing.

The Unicoi State Park in Helen has some of the most awesome camping spots. Depending on the campsites chosen, one may avail of such facilities as water, electricity, fire ring, picnic tables, and the space for two RV’s or tents. One of the sites even has covered platforms and makes tents redundant. Most of the campgrounds have an easy access to a store located in the middle of the loop road. Various items including drinks, snacks, souvenirs, nature books, basic camping and fishing supplies, firewood, and ice are available in the store.

At the foothills of the Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest stands the oldest and one of the most fascinating state parks of North Georgia, the Vogel State Park. Hikers have a number of options when it comes to trails. The popular ones include the four mile Bear Hair Gap loop and the thirteen mile Coosa Backcounty Trail. Out of these two trails the Bear Hair Gap is easier to explore and leads to the Trahlyta Falls. The park is not only beautiful in itself but driving up to it presents another wonderful experience. Visitors driving from the south come through a beautiful mountain pass located near Brasstown, Neel Gap. The riot of Fall colors that adds a new appeal to the Blue Ridge Mountains makes this park in the Union County particularly popular. People flock to the park during this time to drink in the beauty of the reds and oranges that drape the Blue Ridge Mountains and make it look like a rolling blanket of a thousand splendid shades. Cottages, campsites, and backpacking sites designed to resemble a primitive look adds a generous amount of adventurous appeal to the place.

The most beautiful falls finds its home in the Chattahoochee National Forest. Known as the Anna Ruby Falls, it is created by two creeks: the Curtis Creek and the York Creek. Out of these two the former drops one-hundred-and-fifty-three feet while the latter is comparatively much shorter yet it drops an awesome fifty feet. The water that is found at the bottom of the falls is known to be a part of the Smith Creek which eventually forms the Smith Lake. This Lake is the centerpiece of the Unicoi State Park.

The beauty that blossoms around the Anna Ruby Falls has come to be known as the Anna Ruby Falls Scenic Area. There are many interesting trails in the area which make it particularly popular among adventurous hikers. And after a long day in the lap of nature what better way to unwind than stay in the beautiful resorts that redefine the whole experience!

Visiting the Smoky Mountains in the North Georgia Region

Located in Union County in North Georgia is not only the Blue Ridge Mountains, but the Smoky Mountains are also in the vicinity. These mountains in the Blairsville area are thought to be some of the oldest mountains in the United States and regardless of whether or not you are an adventuresome person that likes to take the hardest hikes or subject yourself to white water rafting in the area, it is unmistakable that the beauty of nature exists among these mountain ranges.

There are many legends of the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as mystery and mystique. A vacation getaway to the North Georgia region to visit the Smoky Mountains will enlighten you on the luck of the stone covered grave that offers good fortune on Witch of Cedar Mountain. The real mystery is behind how nature created such a beautiful area and how Union County in North Georgia has been so lucky to be able to share its wonders with many visitors.

Whether it is for a weekend getaway, vacation, a trip to solitude, an adventure, recreational activities in the area or even a honeymoon, the Smoky Mountains have so much to offer for people of all ages. Plus, there is something to do during all seasons. While many guests to the Union County area are looking for something to do, one way to take advantage of the gorgeous scenery in the area is by car. A leisurely drive on the roadways will allow visitors to bask in the glory of these majestic towering panoramas.

Throughout the landscape of the Smoky Mountains are numerous recreational activities for all people to embark upon. The state and federal parks dot the areas and many of them offer amenities such as cabins for people to stay, awaking to the glorious fresh air within the Smoky Mountains.

After sitting on the front porch of a rental cabin to start the morning, you might find that hiking on one of the many nature trails is a wonderful and exhilarating. There are also watersports such as fishing, canoeing and rafting. For other recreational activities, saddle up and enjoy a trail via horseback or even mountain biking to get the adrenaline surging. It is also a great place just to enjoy the nearby dining, shopping or even to spend the afternoon picnicking.

When visiting Union County in North Georgia to see the Smoky Mountains, it will be a memory in the making. Never forget to pack a camera so that you can capture these memories. Though they will not quite be as breathtaking as the area is in real life, you will still have a keepsake to remember the vacation by. Every time you break out a picture of those memorable moments spent in Blairsville, it is a good idea to remember that it may just always be the perfect travel destination. With so much to do in the area, a trip to the Smoky Mountains will never disappoint.

Weekend Getaway to Blairsville, Georgia

Life is a peach when visiting Blairsville, Georgia. A weekend getaway is affordable and there are many activities to do in the area. Located in Union County, this is a great place to visit if on a honeymoon, a family vacation, or even just to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

This is a getaway that has something different to do every single day and just a weekend in North Georgia and the Blue Ridge Mountains will be a short stay to get everything done that people would like to do.

The landscaping in the area is absolutely stunning. The views are breathtaking and the Blairsville views change throughout the seasons making a weekend getaway to the area a must. The fall foliage is astonishing and the winter is cozy and a great time to spend by the fire. The summer is a great time to take in some water activities such as rafting or the springtime offers an opportune time to go for a hike to enjoy the nature and other recreational activities.

For someone that is looking for a place that there is an option to relax or to partake in several activities, Blairsville, Georgia is tucked away and is one of Georgia’s best kept secrets that needs to be told. There are many activities to do on a weekend getaway such as fishing, hiking, golf, rafting, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding and so much more. With two lakes in the area, there are many water sports that people can enjoy on their weekend getaway.

Another exciting draw to the North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains and Blairsville area is the waterfalls. Several waterfalls are tucked into the Blairsville area. The DeSoto Falls located in Union County has a series of five fantastic and awe striking waterfalls and three of them are accessible right off the nature trail.

Falls on Waters Creek and Blood Mountain Falls are on the Blood Mountain Stream. Other waterfalls in the surrounding area include Helton Creek Falls and Trahlyta. The wonders of nature are captivating and miraculous as each waterfall site differs from the others.

There are several resorts in the area of Blairsville, Georgia in Union County in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Many are secret hot spots and offer top notch services. Some of the resorts in this area offer upscale amenities such as vineyards, wineries, hot tub cabins and a view of the gorgeous mountain region. This makes for a perfect romantic weekend getaway where a couple can relax and just enjoy each other’s company.

For a little bit more country weekend getaway, there are also cabins in the area. There are also area campgrounds in the Blairsville area where visitors on their weekend getaway can enjoy the Blue Ridge Mountains. The campgrounds are all owned and operated by the state of Georgia.

When in need of a vacation to check out of reality for a weekend getaway, Blairsville has it all. Whether it is to relax or to take in the scenery or to even go on a little adventure, the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia has it all. It is a vacation unlike any other.