Things To Do
In the 1820’s, after gold was found in the area, the beginning of Blairsville’s first homesteads came to be and has been booming every since. The beautiful scenery and sufficient resources have attracted people from all around the world, bringing in a dense population and genuine culture. Also known as “The Top of Georgia,” Blairsville, is located at on the northern Georgia state line, home of the tallest Georgia mountain and also the southern starting point of the Appalachian Trail. Since the beginning, Blairsville and the rest of Union County has become one of Georgia’s most well-known locations and top tourist attractions just waiting for you to visit!
Waterfalls, Hiking Trails and Parks
Rising over Blairsville at 4,784 feet above sea level, Brasstown Bald is Georgia’s tallest mountain. Sometimes it stands higher than the clouds! The top of the mountain is home to a beautiful visitor’s center and recreational area where one can view the amazing Georgia landscapes for miles upon miles.
The Byron Herbert Reece Farm is named after the well known Georgia poet and is a local attraction where many events are held, as well as offering hiking trails and other things. Visit their website for a list of upcoming events held here!
Take a short hike (1/3rd mile) to the exquisite Helton Creek Falls while visiting with us. This local favorite has multiple waterfalls which pool at the bottom and are swimming-friendly. This site is a must for the waterfall enthusiast.
This local attraction is located in the heart of Union County and is a local favorite for people of all ages. Come visit the walking trails that cross over both Butternut Creek and Notely River, watch some local sports events that are happening, or just take some time and sit and enjoy the nice Georgia weather. The park has areas for kayaking, canoeing and fishing as well. Meeks Park also has a individual section for walking pets.
This beautiful lake, reaching a maximum depth of 98 feet, stretches across Union County and has a dam built during World War One by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). There are multiple kayak, canoe, boat and other water sport rental businesses located on the lake, as well well as designated swimming areas, boat ramps, and hiking trails.
Vogel is one of Georgia’s oldest state parks. Located on the beautiful Blood Mountain, Vogel is a great family attraction for camping, fishing, hiking, or just enjoying the great Georgia weather.
This family owned stable is filled with generous people and gentle horses fit for all ages! Enjoy a guided trail ride with your family or even just a short pony ride for the little kids. The amazing guides and well-trained horses make the ride safe and enjoyable. You’ll definitely be stopping for pictures on your ride!
Enjoy a guided trail ride at this beautiful, family-owned attraction. Their trails overlook the amazing Lake Notely and other mountain views. Even more interested in horses? Take some riding lessons while visiting with us! They also have amazingly well-trained horses for sale!
Shopping and Other Attractions:
Built in 1899, the Historic Courthouse and Museum is located in the center of Union County Square. Stop in for a taste of Blairsville’s history and other events that are held here.
The Blairsville Farmer’s Market is a weekly event (seasonally) hosted by locals that sell goods such as homemade desserts, crafts, homegrown fruits and vegetables and much more. There are other events held at this location year-round. Be sure to sign up for our upcoming newsletter to be notified of future events!
Union County Square:
The square is located in the center of Blairsville and circles around the historic courthouse. It is dotted with various stores, restaurants, and other businesses that are always a thrill to explore. Many events are held here, including parade, festivals, and much more. Subscribe to our newsletter to get notified when events will be held here!
Stop in to this locally owned set of little shops filled with everything from homemade goods like jellies and crafts to antique furniture. The moonshine distillery offers tours and tastings of multiple types of drinks and also has a gift shop, where the moonshine and other beverages can be purchased or pre-ordered.
The Sleepy Hollow Whimsical Fairy Garden is a family owned attraction just outside of Blairsville. A former Disney artist, Art Millican Jr, creates gnome and fairy houses that are to blow your mind! He uses bright colors and odd shapes to create things beyond your imagination! Stop in and take a tour of this houses, which can be entered and photographed, and visit their arts and craft shop as well!
This 40-year on-going local festival is what we all look forward to in the fall. Come enjoy a good time, have some great food, and visit local venders on this two-weekend event held in October. Sorghum syrup processing demonstrations are a must see and be sure to check out the log sawing competitions as well as other things! There is a town parade celebrating the fun time the first weekend.
The annual Christmas Parade usually takes place the first weekend of December and is a local event that everyone loves. Come join us as we all celebrate the spirit of Christmas and watch as local businesses, government officials,marching band and other groups pass throughout the town square illuminating with a Christmas glow.
Come see the 30 beautifully decorated trees at the Union County Community Center.
During this time of year, the Blairsville Farmer’s Market turns into a Christmas extravaganza! Come visit the many vendors and see the entertainment while enjoying the Christmas spirit.
In June, the annual Scottish Festival brings visitors from all around. Enjoy some highland treats and other activities while watching athletes play games and Border Collies herd sheep. It’s fun for the whole family!
The Union County Indian Summer Festival is an annual favorite that attracts guests from all over. Come enjoy good food and a good time. Dates for this event varies each year. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming dates!