What to Do in Union County
With every season in Blairsville-Union County, there are plenty of new things to see and do! Explore an amazing archaeological area or a modern-day corn maze. Hike or ride horses on tons of trails, some which lead to fabulous waterfalls. Touch, see and hear about our county's history in the halls of our historic courthouse, between the walls of the Walisi Yi Center, or on the rocks within the Chattahoochee National Forest. Whether you're driving a bucket of balls, pitching tents under the stars, or paddling on our waterways, you'll find many reasons to come back each season to Blairsville-Union County!
Misty Mountain Model Railroad
Hear that whistle? Come learn how this wonderful attraction was made! Choo-choo lovers both young and old will marvel at America's largest 0-gauge train display. This 3,400 square foot layout features 14 0-gauge Lionel trains traveling on a mile of track over 12 bridges and four trestles and through 15 tunnels.
16 Misty Mountain Lane on Town Creek School Road, Blairsville, GA 30512, 706-745-9819
Open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Tours begin promptly at 2:00pm. www.mistymountainmodelrailroad.com
Everyone goes to play in the park! Bring your family and meet your friends for a game in our beautiful park with 4 baseball fields, 2 softball fields and 4 batting cages, T-ball field, utility field, pool, 4 covered pavilions for picnicking, walking trails, skate park, and 4 tennis courts. Disc golf and pet walking trail are nearby. One (1) mile west of Blairsville on Highway 515, 706-439-6074, www.ucrd.net
Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center
Want to know more about the food you eat, the clothes you wear, and the water and air around you? This branch of UGA offers programs in agricultural research. Monthly adult outreach seminars keep the public informed. Tours available by appointment. Located at 195 Georgia Mountain Experiment Station Rd. Blairsville, GA 30512, 706-745-2655, http://www.caes.uga.edu/center/gmrec/
Water-lovers will find plenty of ways to refresh themselves along the 106-mile shoreline of this 4,180-acre body of water. Enjoy boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, camping, 2 marinas, and several public boat ramps.
Logan Turnpike Mill
For a truly southern experience, stop by Logan Turnpike Mill and witness stone ground grits in the making. The mill operates Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 5pm. Products include pancake, muffin, and bisquit mix; flour; grits & porridge; and cornmeal. Located on U.S. 19/129 5 miles south of Blairsville. www.loganturnpikemill.com
Southern Tree Plantation
Unforgettable family memories are made on this 60 acre working farm. Enjoy a stroll through the craft barn or work your way through the twists and turns of the wooden maze. Families also love the adorable animals on the petting farm, a leisure walk through the pumpkin patch, and the breathtaking views on the hayride! Open for the Fall and Christmas Seasons. www.southerntreeplantation.com
Sleepy Hollow Enterprises
Children of all ages will enjoy this delightful little enchanted park and garden created by former Disney artisan, Art Millican. Peek in the fairy and hobbit houses and observe whimsical figures, whirligigs and more! Visitors can also purchase any of the fairy houses, fairy doors and figurines in the artist's shop or watch the artists at work. The crew is happy to field visitor questions. www.whimsicalfairygarden.com
Lardworks Studio at Lasso The Moon Alpaca Farm
Visiting Lardworks Studio/Lasso The Moon Alpaca Farm is a fun, educational, and tactile experience. Have a close encounter with a gentle alpaca and learn about their gorgeous fiber. Watch a glass bead making demonstration or shop in the Farm Store where you will find alpaca yarn, hand dyed silk scarves, felted scarves, hand crafted jewelry, lampwork glass beads and more. Schedule an appointment by calling 706-835-1837. www.alpacamoon.com
WagonMaster Adventure Ranch Fun Park & Gem Mine
Wagon loads of fun for the whole family including mini golf, gem mining, wagon rides, gold panning, target paintball and air-soft BB's. The little ones will enjoy the bounce castle, mini truck track, and dune buggies. Admission is free, as is access to the picnic areas, volleyball courts, and inspirational nature park. Located in nearby Murphy, NC. 828-494-9521. www.wagonmasterranch.com