Featured Destination'
John C. Campbell Folk School

John C. Campbell Folk School
Discover why Rand McNally Atlas named the Folk School one of the top 30 U.S. destinations for a day visit in their Best of the Road listing.

Events and Festivals in the Mountains
Green Bean Festival

Green Bean Festival

Bushels of fun for the whole family including handmade arts, farm fresh foods, green bean contests, a 5K run, and a little bean sprout beauty pageant.

Highlander Art Gallery Featured Creative Work
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Handmade Bark Journal

Highlander's Mountain Art Gallery Featuring - Authentic Handmade Art & Fine Crafts from the Blue Ridge Smoky Mountains.


Blairsville •  Suches GA
Union County

Spring and summer outdoor lovers will hike endless trails, see breathtaking views atop Brasstown Bald, visit rushing waterfalls, and relax on serene Lake Nottely. Delight in the explosion of autumn leaf color or cuddle up in a cozy winter cabin.

Go to Blairsville - Union County's Web Site

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Highlander Gallery Featuring....

John Mac Kah and Ruthanne Kah at the Highlander Gallery

Join us at the Highlander Gallery
Murphy NC Artwalk
Friday, September 5th, 5 to 8 pm
to meet and enjoy the artwork of
John Mac Kah and Ruthanne S. Kah

Highlander Gallery will be featuring John Mac Kah and Ruthanne Kah, during our September 5th Art walk.

John and Ruthanne's art is founded on 19th century and early 20th century traditions in American landscape painting. As a rule, they prefers to work on site, always in search of new vistas and expeditions. John works with a prayer that paying deep attention to the natural world will help preserve and remind us of our connection with the planet.


Highlander Gallery
33 Valley River Avenue
Historic Downtown Murphy, NC 28906

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Rafting and Zipling on the Ocoee and Nantahala

For you True Adventurers, the rivers are open and running, call today for our specials:

828-835-3275 or email tara@greatmountainretreats.com to book a rating trip or raft and zip.

Featured Events this Weekend...
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock North Carolina
Labor Day Weekend at
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

There's something for everyone at Chimney Rock. Whether you seek the high adventure of a challenging hike and guided rock climbing, a leisurely stroll and soaking in breathtaking 75-mile views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge, something fun and interactive for the kids, or delighting in the cool mists of 404 ft Hickory Nut Falls, you'll find it here. That's not all. Check out the events coming up this weekend and join us.

Labor Day Weekend at Chimney Rock Events and a map...

 

Friday - September 5th- 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Wild Mushroom Walk

Saturday - September 6th - 11 am - Noon
Rockin' Naturalist Guided Hike

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Cartecay Vineyards, Wine Tasting and Music
Ellijay, Georgia
Wine Tasting and Live Music
Labor Day...Monday, September 1st - 1:30 - 5:30
Matthew Croxton

Saturday, September 6th - 1:30 pm - 5 pm
Josh Gilbert

On the Patio unless the weather is not worthy, if so we will have the event in the Nealey Barn.

Click for Cartecay's Music line up, more information and a map...

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Union County Farmers Market
Blairsville, Georgia
College Colors Revelry
Saturday - September 6th

The Farmers Market has over 60 vendors providing home grown produce, handmade crafts, and more!

Located on Old Smokey Road, off of Weaver Road near Home Depot in Blairsville, Georgia. Please note that the hours for the market:

Tuesday: 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.(or until the farmers plum run out of goods to sell, whichever comes first!).

Saturday: 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.(or until the farmers plum run out of goods to sell, whichever comes first!). You will want to come early because they do sell out fast!

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Cartecay Vineyards, Wine Tasting and Music
Ellijay, Georgia
Wine Tasting and Live Music
Monday, September 1st - 1:30 - 5:30
Matthew Croxton

Saturday, September 6th - 1:30 pm - 5 pm
Josh Gilbert

On the Patio unless the weather is not worthy, if so we will have the event in the Nealey Barn.

Click for Cartecay's Music line up, more information and a map...

Featured Road Trips...

Woody Gap to Neel's Gap Scenic Drive
Woody Gap to Neel's Gap Scenic Drive
in Union County Georgia
We have added Map-it for use on Mobile Devices

Several of the roads on this driving tour are marked on road maps as scenic drives, though this Highlander chosen scenic driving tour is not an official Scenic Byway. Official or not, this is a great driving route for scenic driving tour fans. This 35.0-mile scenic route includes miles of winding roads, two mountain gaps, a state park, four mountain lakes, three of which offer great fishing access, campgrounds, swimming areas, and picnic areas. The scenic drive also connects to numerous trail access points for hiking and biking, four waterfalls, a historic structure and historic farmstead.

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We noticed this past weekend, that the wild Rhododendron and Mountain Laurels are in full bloom, it is a beautiful time to take a scenic drive in the mountains. Below is a link to a great drive that you can take to enjoy the beauty of the mountains. We have added mobile links to the story to take you to our new Union County Mobile App which gives you turn by turn directions, photos and GPS for both phones and tablets.

The Highlander is in the process of adding more interactive road trips for your enjoyment. If you have a favorite, let us know and we will add it to the list.

Russell Brasstown Scenic ByWay

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