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!
Inhale the unmistakable smell of fresh hay! One of the best ways to get back to nature and explore the countryside around Blairsville and Union County is on horseback. Stables cater to riders of all levels, even children. See our Business Directory for a list of nearby stables.
Take a romantic tour of the area: a wonderful waterfall tour! Plan to visit every one this year: Wolf Creek Falls at Vogel State Park, Helton Creek Falls, Desoto Falls, Raven Cliff Falls, Dukes Creek Falls, High Shoals Falls, Horse Trough Falls, Anna Ruby Falls.
Appalachian Trail / Hiking
With so many trails, each season you'll discover something new as you hike throughout Blairsville and Union County. The famous Appalachian Trail winds 80 miles through the most rugged areas of the Chattahoochee National Forest and is accessible at several points within Union County. Vogel State Park also features 17 miles of hiking trails. http://www.blairsville-ga.us/Union_County_AT/index.html. Other area trails to explore are:
Jacks Knob Trail
Bear Hair Trail
Coosa Backcountry Trail
Yellow Mountain Trail
Cooper Creek Trail
Byron Herbert Reece Trail
Dockery Lake Trail
Jarrard Gap Trail
Slaughter Creek Trail
Rocky Mountain Trail
Duncan Ridge National Recreation Trail
Brasstown Bald Summit Trail
Helton Creek Falls Trail
DeSoto Falls Trail
High Shoals Trail
Brasstown Bald Mountain
Brag to your friends that you've been to the top of Georgia's highest peak at 4,784 feet! Reach the summit via trails or shuttle bus. Hiking trails, picnicking. Visitor Information Center open weekends in April-May, full time Memorial Day-October, based on weather. 706-745-6928, www.fs.fed.us
Brasstown Valley Resort Golf Course
Golf as it should be. Located in Young Harris, just north of Blairsville on Hwy 76. Brasstown Valley has been ranked by both Golf Digest and Leading Golf Courses of America as one of the top courses to play in Georgia. The course winds through wildlife preserves, ponds, and streams framed in by mountains. 706-379-4613. www.brasstownvalley.com
Butternut Creek Golf Course
Enjoy golf at its best against the spectacular backdrop of the North Georgia Mountains. Walk or ride this 18-hole par 73 golf course. All carts are equipped with GPS. Open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., 129 Union County Rec Rd., Blairsville, GA 30512. 706-439-6076, www.butternutcreekgolf.com
Helton Creek Falls
Bring your camera, because you'll want to capture this natural wonder! Not just one, but two beautiful falls set in our deep hardwood forest with a total drop of 100 feet. An easy 300-yard trail leads to the falls. Directions available at http://georgiatrails.com/maps/helton.html
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.
Noontootla Creek Farms
An outdoor sportsman's paradise, NCF is a privately held farm consisting of over 1500 breathtaking acres. NCF is open to the public with over two miles of quality trout water, excellent quail hunting and a 12-stand automatic sporting clay course. The Farm House Lodge accommodates up to 8 overnight guest with a welcoming view of the farm from the large screened in porch. Located 24 miles west of Blairsville via Hwy 515/76. 706-838-0585. www.ncfga.com
Old Union Golf Course
Come share a new adventure in golf. Nestled in the foothills of Blairsville comes a golf experience like no other. Old Union, designed by world renowned architect Denis Griffiths, is a 7,667 yard masterpiece offering shot makers of all abilities the chance to play a golf course with a true Scottish feel. Open 7 days a week from 8:00 until sunset. Located 5.5 miles north of Blairsville off of Highway 19/129 in the Owen Glen development. 706-745-4653. www.olduniongolf.com
Poteete Creek Park and Campground
Spread out under the trees and the stars within this 95 acre-park and campground on Lake Nottely's shores. Get back to nature by fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking among hardwood trees, with 59 camping sites. Open April 1-October 15. www.ucrd.net/poteete.htm
Suches and Lake Winfield Scott
Ready for a real getaway, high in the mountains? This beautiful setting features a clear 18-acre lake and picnicking, camping, swimming, fishing, boating and hiking. Covered pavilion and bath house near swimming area. Access to the park is via State Road 180.
Vogel State Park
A variety of amenities make this one of Georgia's oldest, most popular state parks, so make it one of your family's favorite destinations. The park features 289 acres, 17 miles of hiking trails, a 20-acre lake, swimming beach and picnic shelters. 7485 Vogel State Park Road, Blairsville , GA 30512, 706-745-2628. Located 11 miles south of Blairsville via U.S. Hwy. 19/129, www.gastateparks.org
Experience the thrill of nature's roller coaster on one of several nearby rivers including the Ocoee (site of the 1996 Olympic Whitewater competition), Nantahala and Chattooga. A variety of water sports and a world of fun awaits. See our Business Directory for a list of river guide companies.